After weeks of speculation, seems like there’s finally good news for users of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. Ever since Google announced the release of their latest Android version, Lollipop, OEMs have been working at various paces to make the upgrades available for their devices. The first upgrades to hit the market were those of the Google Nexus devices. Although Sammy has been a little behind in this regard, the Galaxy S5 club can now sit tight and enjoy the awesome features that only the latest version of Google’s Android can deliver. Still, it seems like Samsung is focusing on the European market as a priority when rolling out the update for the Galaxy S5. UK users and users from an increasing number of European countries can now get Android 5.0 Lollipop running on their device. There’s every indication that an update for US users will be available soon. For more details on how to do this, check the update section below.
Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update
An Android 5.0 Lollipop update is now available for the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F), to users in the UK. Following successful launches in other countries of Europe (Poland), the UK update now brings devices up to Android 5.0 (LRX21T). And the best part is that if you want to get your hands on official Samsung firmware, you can get it here. Simply follow the instructions on the page.
Last week, Sam Mobile reported that Sammy was also working on integrating Android 5.0.2 into TouchWiz, although such changes aren’t likely to make it to the Samsung Galaxy S5 until after a couple of months. All the same though, good news for Galaxy S5 owners who’ve been waiting up for a Lollipop update since the first weeks of December.
If you’re in the UK and other parts of Europe, go straight to your Galaxy S5 and navigate to settings> about phone> software update page and then make things happen! You’ll definitely be running Android Lollipop after a short while.
In other news, Samsung decided to upgrade the Android version in the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, which is only available in Korea. Apparently, Sammy is working on the final build of Android 5.0.1 Lollipop for this device right now. The update will have the same effects it’d have had on other Galaxy S5 smartphones. Of course, the additional 0.1 portion in the LTE-A version will feature typical fixes for some bugs and problems, such as the playback problem and automatic factory device reset issues some phones running Lollipop 5.0 have been facing.
Android 5.0 Lollipop Update for US Users
If you’re like most other folks, you might be wondering why the heck Samsung’s Android update for the Galaxy S5 has not hit the shores of the world’s market — US. Indeed, the US is Samsung’s number two source of smartphones revenue after China. There are many reasons why the upgrade for the S5 hasn’t reached the US, but we tend to think that carrier certification hold-ups are to blame. Still, in typical Samsung style, updates for devices tend to be available in other parts of the world before they can finally reach the US market. These might make Lollipop a little rare for US-based Samsung Galaxy S5 users until after a couple of weeks.
Nonetheless, we’re still very excited that Samsung managed to make the update available, coupled with some impressive TouchWiz additions, just a month after Google officially released the Lollipop code.
Based on a test build that we’ve seen of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5, this is something a lot of users are going to love.
Primarily, Sammy is focused on rolling out an Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5. This puts users of other Samsung device models on the hold. However, we predict that the firmware for the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available sooner than later.
Other than Samsung devices, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is also almost ready for some of the world’s leading smartphone brands, including LG, Sony and Motorola.
Android 5.0 Lollipop Update for the Spring Galaxy S5
Some cool folks at XDA Developers site have been working extra hard to avail an unofficial version of the Android 5.0 update for the Sprint Galaxy S5 smartphone. Sprint users can now get this update. But before you’re all smiles about it, please have in mind that you might be in for a couple of bugs. More so, this update will get rid of all the data in your phone, including pictures and everything else. It’s advisable to backup before you try it out. Although the XDA Developers unofficial version is said to have the feel of Android 5.0 Lollipop, there has been no comprehensive testing done on the sensors yet.
For most other Galaxy S5 smartphone models, if you haven’t already gotten a notification and you can’t update to Lollipop from Settings > About phone, we’ll be following up. Obviously, an update will be available in the coming days, including an Android 5.0 Lollipop update for US-based Galaxy S5 owners.
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