An important Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 release continues to pick up steam as another key Galaxy S5 Lollipop update has landed in Europe to replace the older version of Samsung’s first major Galaxy S5 upgrade.
At the tail end of last year, Samsung started rolling out its Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Galaxy S5. The update represented Samsung’s first Android 5.0 Lollipop update and as expected, it delivered a number of big time changes including Material Design, enhancements and bug fixes. It also, as Galaxy S5 users soon found out, took away silent mode a feature that allows users to completely mute the device when necessary.
Google is expected to return silent mode to Nexus users in the Android 5.1 Lollipop update though Samsung isn’t waiting around for the Android 5.1 release to bring the feature back.
Earlier this month, Samsung rolled out a Galaxy Note Edge Android 5.0 Lollipop update. That update, like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update, brought huge upgrades to the Galaxy Note Edge. It also, however, brought back silent mode to the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. A short time later, a new Galaxy S5 Lollipop update hit the United Kingdom and lo and behold, the update contained silent mode.
We expected Samsung to start pushing this update out to other regions and today, our suspicions were confirmed. We’ve heard that this new Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 release is now pushing out in the Netherlands. The update is similar to the update in the UK in that it brings back the all-important silent mode to the Galaxy S5.
This is key because it means that Samsung will likely roll this update out to Galaxy S5 users that received the company’s initial Galaxy S5 Lollipop release. The update is not Android 5.0.1, Android 5.0.2, or Android 5.1 and it does not come with assorted bug fixes for Galaxy S5 Lollipop problems but it should be a welcomed update nonetheless.
The new Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 release is now in two regions but it’s not clear where it will head next. Samsung’s Android roll outs are extremely unpredictable and random and owners of the SM-G900F will want to keep an eye out moving forward.
In the United States, Samsung’s pushed Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 updates to three major variants including the Verizon Galaxy S5, Sprint Galaxy S5 and T-Mobile Galaxy S5. It’s not clear if this new Android 5.0 Lollipop update will reach these three variants or if it will come baked in with the two remaining major updates for AT&T and U.S. Cellular. In the meantime, those who wish to bring back Silent Mode ahead of the OTA have the ability to do so.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update’s made a great deal of progress in the weeks since its initial release though there is still a whole lot of work to be done. The Galaxy S5 Lollipop has landed for several international models though it remains missing on many others. Most carriers remain silent, even the ones that typically aren’t silent, but we have seen at least important Galaxy S5 Lollipop release details emerge in recent days.
Canadian carrier Rogers claims that it will start pushing the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update out in February or March. This also means is that we could see a widespread Canadian Galaxy S5 Lollipop push in March because Canadian carriers usually push their updates out at the same time. We’ve also seen a Galaxy S5 mini Android 5.0 release confirmed for Q2 though Samsung France did not outline a specific release date.
The AT&T Galaxy S5 and U.S. Cellular Galaxy S5 Lollipop release dates remain out of reach and owners should expect them to announce anything in the lead up to the eventual releases. U.S. carriers usually remain quiet in the days ahead of release only announcing software updates on the day that they roll out. Users can expect the same thing here.