Dec 7th, 2015

We’re not sure what to make of a report that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 received Marshmallow in Hungary, but here it is anyway. Hungarian site Napidroid reports that a Galaxy Note 4 unit randomly received the upgrade over-the-air.

It sounds strange when you consider Samsung has yet to formally announce specific details for rollouts, as well as recently-leaked internal roadmaps suggesting only one of the company’s phones — the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 — would have the upgrade by the end of the year. We also doubt Samsung would be rushing to begin a rollout on anything but their latest flagships.

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So what’s the deal? It could be a hoax — the advent of easy build.prop editing makes that likelihood quite high — or it could be that this Samsung Galaxy Note 4 unit mistakenly received a test firmware. We’ve heard of it happening before, so it’s not out of the question to suggest Samsung inadvertently pushed a test upgrade to the wrong device.

The upgrade reportedly adds an updated Air Command menu, as well as the ability to quickly take notes while the display is off (the illusion is created by AMOLED displays turning LEDs off to display true black, a feature that Samsung debuted on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5). It doesn’t appear to have any of the UI changes that a recent firmware leak suggested to expect, which included flatter icons and a brighter overall color scheme, but there could be any number of reasons for that.

We’ll opt to tread this particular line carefully and say that we won’t put too much faith in actual upgrades going out until we start to see more reports or see evidence that the firmware is actually legit. As such, you shouldn’t expect to see an upgrade on your phone anytime soon, so just stick to the information from Samsung and carrier partners to save yourself a world of disappointment.