The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update is rolling out to a new batch of users inside the United States which means that there are just three major Galaxy S5 Lollipop updates left to go in Samsung’s U.S. deployment.
Earlier this month, Samsung finally started pushing out its version of Android 5.0 Lollipop to select users in the United States. The roll out didn’t come as much of a surprise, the U.S. is typically among the first to get major Samsung Galaxy Android updates, but the carrier did shock quite a few people. Verizon isn’t known for its speed to major Android updates.
The Verizon Galaxy S5 Lollipop update was the first Android 5.0 upgrade to hit the United States but it won’t be the last. In fact, another major U.S. carrier has followed closely behind and today, that carrier is offering up its own version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update. That carrier? The Now Network.
The Sprint Galaxy S5 Lollipop update was confirmed for arrival yesterday after a series of leaks and today, the Sprint Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is rolling out to users in the United States. Several users have told Gotta Be Mobile that the update became available on their device just a few hours ago and just a day after Samsung confirmed the update’s imminent arrival.
What we’re hearing is that this is a massive update, about 889MB in size, and that it requires 3GB of free space to install Over-the-Air. It also looks like the update will decrease the amount of internal storage space by 950MB. That’s a significant chunk of a device that only boasts 16GB of internal storage in the United States.
Sprint’s Android updates roll out in batches which means that some users will get the Android 5.0 Lollipop prompt today and others will likely see it emerge a few days from now. Typically, Sprint completes its roll outs in about a week or so provided the update doesn’t bring any massive issues to the device. If we do see issues, there’s a chance that Samsung and Sprint will halt the update. So far, we haven’t heard about any but the roll out is still very young.
The Sprint Galaxy S5 Lollipop update brings huge change to the Galaxy S5 including hints of Google’s new Material Design. Sprint’s update in particular delivers several changes including an enhanced VoWiFi user interface and the removal of the Lumen tool bar. It should also fix some of the Android 4.4 KitKat problems plaguing Galaxy S5 users.
Sprint’s Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is just the second to reach the United States leaving AT&T, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile as the three major carriers yet to deliver. The Galaxy S5 is also available on several smaller carriers in the United States though they typically lag a few weeks behind the major players. None of these carriers have confirmed any Galaxy S5 Lollipop release details though we expect to see the roll out expand soon.
Sprint’s also working on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update. The Sprint Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update for the SM-N900P is listed as Android 5.0 and not Android 5.0.1. The listing doesn’t confirm anything else but it does point to a release at some point in the future, probably after the carrier is done pushing the update out to the flagship Galaxy S5.
It also looks like we’re getting closer to the arrival of a Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release though that update is reportedly delayed until the company is able to work out code for the Gear VR accessory. Samsung’s recently updated its Galaxy Note 4 manuals to reflect the arrival of Lollipop but we still haven’t see any specific dates confirmed.
Lollipop is also rolling out to the Galaxy S4 though that update, like the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update, remains limited to just one variant in one region. Like the Galaxy S5 Lollipop roll out, we expect these other Android 5.0 deployments to start spreading to other devices, and other carriers, sometime in the near future.