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Why do you hate the Galaxy Note 4 so much, Samsung?

The Galaxy E series started getting an update to Android 5.1.1 today. Android 5.1.1 – that’s the latest available version of the OS from Google, and it’s currently making its way to one of Samsung’s cheapest smartphone lineups. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have already gotten the update since they are the company’s current flagships, but once again, Galaxy Note 4 owners find themselves waiting endlessly for what is a very minor but important update.

Why is Android 5.1.1 minor yet still important? Well, it’s because while 5.1.1 may not have much in the way of new features, it fixes most of Lollipop’s memory leak issues and also improves general performance. You would think that seven months into 2015 the Note 4 would be running the latest and greatest version of Android, but like the initial Lollipop update, the phablet is once again waiting for an update that is already making its way to devices that are priced much lower.

At this point, we can’t help but wonder if Samsung shouldn’t just be reimbursing everyone who bought a Galaxy Note 4, considering how the device has been so poorly supported by the company. We’re guessing that with the Galaxy Note 5 on the horizon, the Note 4 might see even more neglect in terms of software support, and we can only hope Samsung doesn’t treat any of its future flagships as badly as it has the fourth-generation Galaxy Note.

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