Samsung is already working on the Galaxy Note 6's firmware
We've heard rumors from a few sources that Samsung will be aiming for a mid-August launch of the Galaxy Note 6 (and alleged Note 6 edge). The speculated reason is that Sammy doesn't want the upcoming Apple iPhone 7 to be stealing the Note 6's spotlight. Having the S Pen-toting phablet be announced about a month before the iPhone will help its garner its own hype and momentum.
According to leaksters who spoke to SamMobile — a website that is usually pretty spot-on with its Samsung rumors — the company has now started developing the software for the Note 6. The firmware number is currently N930FXXU0APE1, but that will most definitely change as more builds are developed prior to launch. Traditionally, each Note's software thus far has been a copy of the TouchWiz running on the same generation Galaxy S smartphone, with the addition of features that make use of the S Pen and larger screen. For the Note 6, we've heard that Sammy intends to borrow from BlackBerry and add an all-in-one communication interface, a-la BlackBerry Hub. Whether there are any other surprises remains to be seen.
The fact that the firmware is in full development means that Sammy has finalized its hardware decisions and is probably getting ready to start production on the new Note 6 units. This could also mean that we are days away from seeing the first photo leaks of off-the-conveyor units. Fingers crossed for a Note 6 edge!