Sketchy post suggests Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Galaxy Note 4 is rolling out, with Note 5 S-Pen features in tow

File this under ‘sketchy’: One of NapiDroid’s editors has apparently managed to get his hands on an early release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Hungarian blog posted a number of screenshots showing some of the anticipated changes. Among them, the one which really stands out is the revamped selection of S-Pen tools.

What’s unclear is how widespread this software release is or if it’s genuine. A major update happening to land on an Android blogger’s phone is a little too coincidental, and there’s no knowing if other Note 4 users in the same country have seen it too. Perhaps it’s blind luck, or perhaps it’s been fabricated. There are no images of the actual device running the software, and the ‘about phone’ screenshot could quite easily have been altered to show the Galaxy Note 4’s details.

As shown in the screenshots below, you’ll notice the new multi-colored Air Command menu redesign, which comes in from the side of the screen, rather than floating on top. What’s more, it looks like the Note 4 will also be receiving the Note 5’s ability to scribble notes on the lock screen, even when it’s in standby.

As well as that, we see one of Android Marshmallow’s settings menu features, which shows when your device last received a monthly security update. In this case, the Note 4 received the December security patch. The screenshots also suggest we’ll see a slight TouchWiz redesign, although the drop-down notifications/settings drawer is largely the same.




Samsung has reportedly fixed the Galaxy Note 5’s stuck S-Pen issue

It is very easy to permanently damage the Samsung Galaxy Note 5—so easy, in fact, that inserting the S Pen backwards would physically break the stylus detection mechanism. Five months after the issue first surfaced, Phandroid is reporting that Samsung has made a small hardware fix to address the problem.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 now ships with warning not to insert S-Pen the wrong way

A recently published YouTube unboxing video reveals that Samsung has begun shipping its Galaxy Note 5 handsets with a warning label, telling users not to insert the proprietary stylus in the wrong way. It may seem like pointing out the obvious, but Sammy has very real reasons for warning users.

When the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launched earlier this fall, it was discovered that the device didn’t like having the S-Pen stylus inserted in to its silo the incorrect way. It’s not a fault as such, since inserting it the wrong way is user error, but the fact that this error would break the smartphone wasn’t as forgivable.

Thanks to the S-Pen’s new clickable top — and the catches which hold the stylus in place when stowed — the top would catch on the inner ‘hooks’ and either get stuck, or break them. We detailed exactly what happens in an in-depth post back when the issue first came to light.

Samsung did halfheartedly address the issue in a statement back when the problem was at its most prominent, and did so by pointing people to the user guide which shows the correct insertion of the S-Pen. Clearly though, the issues haven’t stopped since then, and Sammy wants to make it as clear as possible to Note 5 buyers that the stylus only fits in one way.

Galaxy Note 5 Unboxing Gone Wrong – Stuck S-Pen!


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I finally got my hands on the Galaxy Note 5 and while unboxing it, I was testing out the S-Pen which got stuck.

Now, this is probably possible to fix by disassembling (which I should have a video of) but for right now, I am stuck with a brand, new phone that has a serious flaw.

In previous Note series, the S-Pen cannot be inserted the wrong way as the head of the S-Pen is too big but with the Note 5, this is going to cause a lot of problems in the long run.  I think it’s easy to put the S-Pen backwards if you are not careful to put it in the correct way.  For example, maybe you accidentally put it in backwards in a dark room for whatever reason.

If this happens to you, take it back to Samsung or the store you bought it from and they should replace it free of charge. I would hold off on buying a new Galaxy Note 5 until Samsung fixes this issue.

UPDATE: I was able to disassemble and fix the S-Pen detection sensor:

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How to Fix Stuck S-Pen on Galaxy Note 5! #SPenGate


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If you’ve accidentally put your S-pen backwards, you will have a problem where your S-Pen gets stuck. Now, there’s a way to fix this so just don’t try to yank it out as that will break your S-Pen detection sensor.

Step 1. Cut out a 1/2inch (1.3cm) piece of plastic film from the Note 5 wrapper.

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Step 2. Cover the S-pen in 270-degrees so it covers both the sensor side and the S-Pen holder then push the film in slowly until you hit bottom.  You may need to twist it at the end to get it all the way through.

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(There’s two latches, one that holds your S-Pen and also another that’s S-Pen detection sensor.)

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Step 3. Once you have hit “bottom”, try to move it back and forth a few times (without using too much force!) until you are free from the first latch.

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Step 4. Once you are free from the first latch, try to move it back and forth without pushing the S-Pen too far back in (as that will get it lodged on the first latch again) until the S-Pen comes out.

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Step 5. The S-Pen will eventually come out and you should have a fully-working Note 5 without breaking your S-Pen detection sensor.  Congrats!

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Now, this process is actually rather cumbersome and tedious and you may still break your sensor if you apply too much force so just be very careful and take a lot of time.

If your S-Pen detection sensor breaks, you can try disassembling like I did and look for small broken plastic pieces.

 

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How to Replace Note 5 S-Pen Detection Sensor!


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For those of you who have broken your S-Pen detection sensor, perhaps because you yanked your S-Pen out while stuck or didn’t use a straw, plastic film, or piece of paper, you may want to replace the S-Pen detection sensor.

First off, if your warranty is still valid, try to get it replaced for free under warranty.  But if you cannot do that for whatever reason, you can actually replace the S-Pen detection sensor itself.

In this tutorial, I show you how to take the S-Pen detection sensor out and replace it with a new one.

Step 1. You will first need to disassemble your Note 5 all the way down to the motherboard.  Follow my full tutorial on How to Disassemble the Galaxy Note 5 first.

Step 2. Take the cover of the S-Pen Detection sensor off with a tweezer.

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Step 3. Once the cover is off, you can take the spring and the S-Pen detection plastic lever out.  We are actually replacing the plastic lever and the spring as that’s what breaks, not the actual sensor.

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Step 4. With your new spring and plastic lever, get ready to put it back on the phone by putting the spring on the lever first.  The short side of the spring goes on right and long side goes on the left.

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Step 5. Put the spring and plastic lever assembly back onto the S-Pen detection sensor carefully.

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If should look like below:

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Step 6. Snap the cover back on and re-assemble your Note 5.

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Step 7.  Before putting the glass back on, test and see if your S-Pen detection sensor works.  If it works, congratulations!  You’ve fixed your S-Pen Detection sensor.

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At the time of making this video, there’s no replacement parts you can order but since #SPenGate is such a widely-known issue, you should be able to buy the parts soon on places like eBay, Amazon, etc…etc…

 

 

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