As we push deeper into the year, we’re finally starting to see the Samsung Galaxy Lollipop release pick up the pace for several big name devices including the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 4. This week, we’ve seen a ton of new details emerge and today we want to take a look at the Galaxy Lollipop release details you should know about this week.
Back in December, Samsung started rolling out its first Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Unsurprisingly, the company’s first upgrade went to the Samsung Galaxy S5 which, at the time, was the company’s flagship Galaxy S smartphone. Since that day in December, the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update has spread to different variants in new regions around the world. The Galaxy S5 Lollipop release hasn’t been alone though.
In the months since its first release, Samsung’s released a number of new Lollipop updates including upgrades for the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S series, and more. Those roll outs continue to make progress as we push deeper into the month of April and we’re starting to see details, and updates, emerge at a rapid pace.
This week alone we’ve seen a number of new Galaxy Lollipop updates and Galaxy Lollipop release details emerge. For those that don’t follow along on a daily basis, it’s a lot to keep track of. Today, we want to take a look at what’s emerged this week for Galaxy smartphone and tablet users. This week in particular has been a busy one, especially here in the United States.
Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update Spreads in US
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update continues to make its mark in the United States though the update is still not complete.
Earlier this week, AT&T started rolling out its Galaxy S5 Active Lollipop update. The update started rolling out Over-the-Air yesterday and it’s only available over a Wi-Fi connection. AT&T’s update is well over 1GB in size, 1.4GB to be exact, which means that it’s going to take some time for users to download and install it.
The carrier’s update mirrors the one that recently rolled out to the regular Galaxy S5 model. Android 5.0 Lollipop is a substantial upgrade from Android 4.4 and brings new features and a new look to the former flagship thanks to Google’s Material Design.
Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update Now Available
Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is rolling out to users right now and it should be available for most users right now. Verizon typically gets its devices updated within a week or so.
This is a major update for the Verizon Galaxy Note 3, the biggest since its move to Android 4.4 KitKat last year. Android 5.0 Lollipop brings some massive changes to Samsung’s aging former flagship including Material Design.
U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update Rolling Out
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update is now available on four out its five major carriers. T-Mobile is the odd one out though its update is in internal testing which means that a release could come at any time.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update started rolling out, bringing massive changes to Galaxy Note 4 users on the nation’s fifth largest carrier.
The update is rolling out Over-the-Air though U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 4 owners can use the Samsung Kies PC application to download and install the update manually.
Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop Update Hits Another Carrier
U.S. Cellular is also rolling out the Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update. It follows in the footsteps of Sprint. AT&T’s confirmed a Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop release though it doesn’t appear to be rolling out just yet. T-Mobile’s confirmed a release though it’s still a ways out. Verizon, the nation’s largest carrier, hasn’t confirmed anything.
The U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update is rolling out Over-the-Air and it’s also available through the Samsung Kies application. Like the carrier’s Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update, the Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update brings massive changes to the curved version of the Galaxy Note 4.
New AT&T Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update Rolls Out
This update doesn’t bring the Galaxy Note 4 update to Android 5.1 Lollipop but it does come with some important tweaks for the AT&T Galaxy Note 4. AT&T’s change log lists five significant changes that are coming with this new Lollipop update and they include some bug fixes:
- Update Private Mode settings
- EAS fix for encryption bypass
- Removal of Softcard
- Emergency Dial fix related to Lookout & Mobile Locate
- Google Security Patches
AT&T’s Android roll outs can take several days to reach everyone so Galaxy Note 4 owners will want to keep an eye out for the new version of the carrier’s Lollipop update.
Galaxy Alpha Lollipop Update Hits AT&T
In addition to its Galaxy S5 Active Lollipop update, AT&T’s rolling out a Galaxy Alpha Lollipop update. The update, which was released back on April 14th, is rolling out Over-the-Air. The software requires a Wi-Fi connection and the download could take some time. The file is 1GB in size, massive for an Android update.
AT&T’s update takes the device to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and it delivers some important fixes including:
- New battery settings panel
- Removed SoftCard app (existing users can only remove with a hard reset of the device)
- Other planned fixes, updates, and enhancements
Galaxy S4 Lollipop Release Posts Huge Gains
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update is only available on AT&T in the United States but it appears that it has reached a number of carriers in Canada.
According to Mobile Syrup, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update is rolling out to a number of different carriers including Bell, Koodo, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus, and Virgin Mobile. Owners of the Galaxy S4 on those carriers should head into settings to manually check for the software.
Canada’s Galaxy S4 Lollipop upgrades mirror what we’ve seen from prior Galaxy S4 Lollipop updates. They all come with new features though the dominant feature will once again be the changes to the look and feel of the software.
Galaxy Note 2 Lollipop Update Still MIA
A new report from SamMobile outlines a number of upcoming Galaxy Android Lollipop releases from Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Lollipop update that was seemingly confirmed by Samsung’s regional arms is not one of them.
The publication says that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Lollipop update is still not under development. This doesn’t mean that the update won’t hit the aging former flagship but it does mean that a Galaxy Note 2 Lollipop release date, if there is one, is extremely far out in the distance. Testing can take weeks and it’s extremely unpredictable.
Galaxy Core Prime & Galaxy Mega 2 Lollipop Update Details
This new report also claims that Samsung is working on Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for the Galaxy Core Prime and the Galaxy Mega 2. Both updates are currently in development though it’s not clear when Samsung plans to release them. Samsung itself hasn’t confirmed these updates but the source is very solid so there’s no reason to believe that the information is wrong.
Galaxy Note 4 Duos Lollipop Update Starts Rolling Out
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos Lollipop update is also rolling out. This is the dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Note 4 that’s only available in Hong Kong and China. Users in those areas should be able to download the Android Lollipop update right now. The software is reportedly similar to the software that’s rolled out to the regular version of the Galaxy Note 4.
Galaxy Android 5.1 Lollipop Release All but Confirmed
Finally, it looks like Samsung’s started development on Android 5.1 Lollipop, the new version of Lollipop that Google started rolling out to Nexus smartphones and tablets back in March.
SamMobile claims that Samsung is working on a Galaxy S6 Android 5.1 Lollipop update, a Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1 update, and an Android 5.1 update for the Galaxy Grand Prime. Again, the publication is a credible source for inside information about Samsung Galaxy Android updates so these details should be accurate.
Features and an Android 5.1 Lollipop release date remain out of reach though rumors have suggested that Samsung might use Android 5.1 to deliver Galaxy S6 software features to older devices. That’s still unconfirmed.