New Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop release and Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release details have been confirmed today for select users as Samsung and its carrier partners start to make a big push to get their flagships upgraded with Google’s latest operating system.
In December, Samsung started pushing out its Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update. The update, which was Samsung’s first Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade, was soon followed by Lollipop releases for the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy S4. Slowly but surely, the company and its partners have begun to make progress with all of those major Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrades though there is still a ton of work to be done.
As we march into April, we’re finally starting to see these updates catch fire. Earlier today, a number of Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update details were confirmed and now, we’ve discovered several new Lollipop release details that pertain to the Galaxy S5 Lollipop release and the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release for users in one major region in North America.
Today, Canadian carrier Rogers confirmed several new Lollipop release details for its users. The company’s Android update page has been updated to reflect timing for several important upgrades including the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release, Galaxy S5 Active Lollipop release and the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release.
According to the carrier, it will begin rolling out its Galaxy S5 Active Lollipop update in April, its Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update in April, and its Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update in April. The timing doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Canadian carriers recently started pushing out the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update. Bell, Saskatel and Virgin Mobile are currently pushing out the big update to their Galaxy Note 3 variants so it was only a matter of time before Rogers pushed out a Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update of its own. The carrier hasn’t confirmed a precise date so users will want to keep a close eye on their device in the days ahead.
Bell, another Canadian carrier, recently confirmed plans to push the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update out in early April. The carrier did not outline an exact date. Canadian carriers often roll their updates out on the same day so it’s entirely possible that Rogers will fall in line with Bell’s Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release date timing.
As for the Galaxy S5 Active, its Lollipop update has started to make progress in the international community and it was only a matter of time before Rogers got the update, which it confirmed several weeks ago, primed and ready for public consumption. Like the others, the carrier opted not to confirm a specific release date.
While Rogers’ update hasn’t started, another has. Sprint announced today that it’s rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its version of the Galaxy S5 Active, known as the Galaxy S5 Sport. The update brings Android 5.0 and it brings a Reactivation Lock. Sprint’s updates often take a week or so to complete so owners of the Galaxy S5 Sport will need to keep their eyes peeled for the software.
It’s a sign that Samsung and its partners are preparing to make a big push in the month of April and beyond. While all of these updates have made substantial progress since their initial releases, there are plenty of Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3 users on Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung likely won’t announce a pickup in speed which means users will need to rely on carriers for information about their Lollipop upgrades.
The company clearly has a long way to go before it completes any of these major Lollipop updates. Most carriers remain mum about their plans for Android 5.0 Lollipop and we still haven’t seen any carriers in North America confirm plans to release a Galaxy S4 Lollipop update. The Galaxy S4 Lollipop update started rolling out in late January alongside the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update.
All of these Android 5.0 Lollipop updates represent substantial upgrades and they deliver new enhancements, fixes and Google’s brand new Material Design. However, these updates do not feature the current version of Android.
It appears that Samsung will stick to Android 5.0.2, Android 5.0.1 and Android 5.0 despite the arrival of Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop update. Galaxy Android 5.1 Lollipop update rumors have been swirling though the company still hasn’t started Android 5.1 development which means that a release is still far off in the distance.