The Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update continues to make progress in the United States and in regions around the world. With that in mind, we want to take a look at what Galaxy S5 users in the US and elsewhere need to know this week about the Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update and its release.
In December, a few weeks after the start of Google’s initial push, Samsung delivered its first Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. The upgrade unsurprisingly went to the Samsung Galaxy S5, the company’s former Galaxy S flagship and a device that arrived with Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat update on board. Android 5.0 Lollipop represents the Galaxy S5’s first major Android update and as such, it delivers a host of changes to the popular smartphone.
In the weeks since the first Galaxy S5 Lollipop update rolled out, we’ve seen updates and information flow. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update has made a ton of progress around the world, including here in the United States. There’s a solid foundation, sure, but there is still a long way to go until Samsung completes its Galaxy S5 Lollipop roll out.
With so much going on, we want to breakdown everything we think you need to know about the Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop release this week. This breakdown includes a look at the progress the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update has made recently and a look at what we know about its future. There is a long road ahead but Samsung is working very hard to get its Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 upgrade out to as many people as possible in as little time as possible.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Hits Another US Carrier
This week, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update hit another US carrier, just not the one that many people were expecting. C Spire, a regional US carrier, started rolling out the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update earlier this week. The carrier’s website confirmed the news though it also says that the update will take up to five days to reach all of its users.
C Spire didn’t list an extensive change log for its version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 upgrade though it’s expected to mirror the updates that have pushed out for Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and an assortment of other international carriers. That means huge changes including Google’s brand new Material Design.
This roll out means that there are now four Galaxy S5 Lollipop updates available inside the United States. With updates still missing for AT&T, U.S. Cellular, MetroPCS, and others, Samsung still has a long way to go before its roll out is complete in the United States.
AT&T Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release Lags
AT&T continues to talk about the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update though it still has nothing to show for it.
@HardcoreFitz We are rigorously testing this update to avoid any bugs and create a smooth transition for all. Thank you for your patience.
— AT&T (@ATT) March 10, 2015
The carrier continues to converse with Galaxy S5 users who are extremely interested in the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update’s release. The carrier claims that it’s currently in the testing process though it refuses to confirm a concrete release date. The fact that it’s now talking about the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is a good sign for AT&T Galaxy S5 users though a firm release date would obviously be welcomed.
AT&T’s “rigorous” testing doesn’t mean that the update will be bug-free but the extra time could prove to be beneficial for one of the United States’ biggest Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop updates.
Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update Arrives for More Users
Samsung also continues to make progress for other Galaxy S5 variants.
Earlier this week, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop release landed for the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, Samsung’s first smartphone with a Quad HD display and a device that’s limited to a select group of regions around the world. Samsung had promised the Galaxy S5 LTE-A Android 5.0 Lollipop update for early 2015 and the update is right on schedule.
The update is currently rolling out to Galaxy S5 LTE-A users in Korea and it’s rolling out to all three major carriers. Those who own a carrier-bound Galaxy S5 model can now check in the device’s settings for the new firmware.
It also looks like the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus users in Nordic countries. According to SamMobile, Samsung’s rolling out the software to the SM-G901F with a twist. Instead of Android 5.0.1, the Galaxy S5 Plus is getting Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, a newer version of Google’s Lollipop firmware.
Galaxy S5 Lollipop Problems Mount
Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop problems have been a problem for Galaxy S5 users and it appears that they were enough to halt on Galaxy S5 Lollipop release.
According to SamMobile, Samsung has halted two of its Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop roll outs. Samsung Norway has apparently stopped pushing out its Galaxy S5 Lollipop update and its Galaxy S4 Lollipop update due to issues. The bugs have impacted the performance and it appears that Samsung’s gone back to the drawing board in an effort to fix these Lollipop problems.
Android 5.0 Lollipop problems have been a problem for both Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 users and complaints have ranged from poor performance to awful battery drain after making the move up from Android 4.4 KitKat. While there are temporary fixes out there, many Galaxy users are looking for bug fix updates from Samsung and its carrier partners.
It’s not clear when this update will start rolling out again or if Samsung will do something similar with its other Galaxy S5 Lollipop updates.
Other Carriers Still Silent
Finally, it’s worth noting that we still haven’t seen any more carriers confirm early Galaxy S5 Lollipop release details. US carriers typically don’t confirm early Galaxy Android update release details but international carriers typically do. That’s why its been a bit strange to see carriers like Vodafone Australia and Optus fail to confirm Galaxy S5 Lollipop updates, especially now that it has made a ton of progress.
There is still a long way to go before the month of March ends and there’s a good chance that we’ll see Samsung’s Galaxy S5 updates (regular, LTE-A, Active, etc) hit more devices and regions.