In a bit of a surprise, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update started rolling out today though Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is limited to just one model and one region.
Several weeks ago, Samsung announced that it would be rolling out a number of new Galaxy Lollipop updates in the early part of 2015. The company confirmed Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy S5 LTE-A. Samsung did not confirm specific release dates leaving those announcements for another day.
While many (including us) assumed that the flagship Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update would follow the company’s Galaxy S5 Lollipop update, Samsung’s come out with a bit of a surprise today. Instead of rolling out the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update, the company’s started rolling out the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update making it the second Galaxy Android 5.0 update to appear on the map since Lollipop’s initial release back in November.
According to SamMobile, a site that tracks Samsung’s Android updates, the Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update is rolling out in Russia to the SM-N900, an international version of the Galaxy Note 3. Neither comes as much of a surprise. Samsung’s international variants tend to get updated before carrier-locked variants and Russia typically is on the cusp of Samsung’s Android releases.
There’s also another surprise in store for Galaxy users. Instead of rolling out Android 5.0.1 Lollipop or Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, the company’s pushed out Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’s not clear if the change log includes bug fixes from Android 5.0.1 Lollipop or Android 5.0.2 Lollipop just yet though we should know more as the update starts pushing out to Galaxy Note 3 users.
Galaxy Note 3 users in Russia can find their Lollipop update lurking in the device’s settings. It’s currently rolling out Over-the-Air though Samsung’s OTA’s typically take time. So while some users will probably encounter the update today, others may not see it arrive until later on this week. Those that wish to skip the OTA can take the time to manually install the firmware though we advise novice users to wait for the OTA to arrive.
This roll out is typical of Samsung. The company usually starts its Android roll outs with a solitary international variant. It serves as a sort of beta test ahead of a wider push to different variants and ultimately, different carriers. We still haven’t seen any carriers confirm Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop updates so it could be several weeks before we see this update land for carriers in the United States and elsewhere.
The international push is also going to be random and unpredictable. Samsung rarely announces roll outs ahead of time which means that users in places like the United Kingdom will need to keep a close eye on the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update as it progresses. Typically, Samsung’s updates start making a larger push a few weeks after the initial release.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 is the company’s second Android 5.0 Lollipop update though it won’t be the company’s last. Samsung is expected to update a number of devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop in the near future including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the device that replaced the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at the tail end of last year.
The company will also roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to the Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy S5 mini, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 at some point down the road. Samsung could also opt to roll the update out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, a device that’s now more than two years old and one that continues to see Android 4.4 KitKat updates.
As we push on, look for carriers to start announcing upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, with ETAs. Many carriers keep their customers in the loop so we should have a better idea about what to expect from the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update, and these other updates, in the weeks ahead.