Ingenuity, innovation and power are just but a few of the words that define Samsung’s Galaxy S Series smartphones. The company apparently has furnished the smartphones market with a wide variety of capable, powerful and more so useful devices. From the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the more recent S5, Sammy’s devices are in an enticing way ‘machines’ that can do almost anything you want them to. So whether you’re looking to use your smartphone as a TV remote, measure your body temperature, edit your best photos or simply connect with your friends on the social world, a Galaxy smartphone is just what you need to get going.

Ever since Google announced the release of their latest mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop, most of us have been in a rush to get a piece of the new cake in our own devices. Samsung is known to be particularly lazy when it comes to rolling out updates. And considered that Android 5.0 Lollipop is a major leap from its predecessor, Android 4.4 KitKat, a significant chunk of users have been rather impatient. The South Korean tech giant however started rolling out Galaxy S Android updates, starting with the Galaxy S5 in Poland. This kept users from the US and many other parts of the world waiting, but not anymore. As of today, most US-based Galaxy S5 users have gotten the Android 5.0 Lollipop. In this article, we highlight each of the popular Galaxy S smartphones and try to establish when an update for Lollipop is probable.

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o   Samsung Galaxy S5 — we just mentioned that the Lollipop update or the Samsung Galaxy S5 is available to a good section of users across the globe. Although the updates started in Europe, in typical Samsung fashion, they have now propagated to the US. Out of the 4 major carriers in the US, just AT&T is not able to provide the Lollipop update for the S5 yet. This means that with the exception of AT&T customers, all other Galaxy S5 smartphone owners in the US are good to get a taste of Lollipop. If you haven’t done so yet, navigate to the Settings > About Phone and get the update. It’s advised that you do this while connected to Wi-Fi to make sure that you don’t interrupt the download just in case the file is a little too big than you expected.

o   Samsung Galaxy S4 — the S4 is the predecessor to Samsung’s latest flagship, Samsung Galaxy S5. US users are still far from getting an Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S4. But Samsung had already rolled out the update for the international version of the device in Russia at the end of January. This month, on Feb 10, S4 owners in India received the Lollipop update. Chances are that Sammy will follow the same release method they used for the S5, in which case S4 users in the US can expect to get an update in near future (give it a month or two, at most).

o   Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini — the S5 mini is among the Galaxy S smartphones that so far haven’t received an update for the Android 5.0 Lollipop. This notwithstanding, Samsung hasn’t been all quiet about the smaller sister of their S5 flagship smartphone. Samsung France has said that the Lollipop update for the S5 mini is coming in the next few months, precisely in the second quarter of 2015. This means S5 Mini users should be getting Lollipop anytime starting March. We expect that the update will unfold around the same time not only in France but also in other regions.

o   Samsung Galaxy S3 — although we’ve got nothing concrete about it so far, rumor has it that an Android 5.0 Lollipop update is in the cooking for the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone. The S3 is over 2 years old now, and hasn’t even received an Android 4.4.4 KitKat update yet, but Lollipop can be expected to be a significant renovation. There’s no guarantee though that Sammy will be issuing a Lollipop update for the S3. But it’s recent announcement that it’d be releasing an update for the Galaxy Note 3 has made everybody quite hopeful. The Galaxy Note 2 was release barely a few months after the S3.

o   Galaxy S5 Active — although the Lollipop update is expected to be available for the S5 Active device, there’s been no word about it from the company. Seems like Sammy is focusing on the better-known flagship smartphones first. Ideally, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 Active might be months away.

Own a Galaxy Series smartphone? Have you got your OS update yet? If so, do you think Lollipop significantly improves your device?

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  • Jamie

    I got the updates and now my battery life sucks!!! My Calendar was messed up and it seems to run slower!! Not happy!!

  • Bob

    My S5 was updated with lollipop 4/15. Now, screens freeze, can’t get temp/weather to show on lock screen. Perhaps few other things I can’t recall at this moment.
    are these known issues? Help please

  • Joseph Camaione

    The phone seems to be on 3G instead og 4G. Phone is slower,ring volume changes. DON’T UPDATE !!!!!

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