The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a former champion device released in late 2014 and one of the first to be released with an obviously curved glass edge complete with built-in functionality for this feature. As with other Samsung Galaxy Note products, the Note Edge also uses Samsung’s S-Pen, their take on a smart stylus, and includes many different functions that may be accessed from this attachment. The Note Edge also includes a powerful processor, the quad core, 32-bit, 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, backed up by 3 GB of system RAM. The device also comes with a 5.6-inch, 1,600 by 2,550 QHD Samsung AMOLED panel, a choice of either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage, a MicroSD card slot, a rechargeable 3,000 mAh battery and all manner of additional sensors and technologies. There’s an optically stabilized 16Mp rear camera and a 3.7MP front facing camera for selfies and video calling.
When the Galaxy Note Edge was released, it was running Android 4.4 KitKat. Over the eighteen months or so the device has been progressively updated by both Samsung and the many carriers that have sold the device. Today, we’ve word that Verizon Wireless, America’s largest cellular network, has released the update that will take the Galaxy Note Edge to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The update will appear under software version VRU2CPD1 and includes a number of important changes and updates to the device. Chief amongst these updates is of course the move from Android Lollipop to Android Marshmallow, which brings with it Google’s changed and improved power management features of Doze and Application Standby. Doze is designed to suspend several power-consuming services on the device when the handset is idle and stationary, whereas Application Standby is designed to prevent those infrequently used applications from using device resources.
There are other improvements that are as significant for Galaxy Note Edge customers, including Ultra High Quality Audio, which should improve the quality of music and videos played from the device. Verizon Wireless have also squirreled Wi-Fi Calling into the update, which should be a welcome feature for those Verizon customers not always blessed with solid coverage. The Note Edge also gains the granular application permission feature of Android Marshmallow and Samsung’s TouchWiz has been given something of a clean up, complete with new icons. Customers with access to an Android for Work account will be pleased to note that the Verizon Galaxy Note Edge will now support this technology.