This morning we have good news regarding the LG G3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update. As of this morning the LG G3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update is headed to even more users in the United States. A few weeks ago LG started teasing that it was “coming soon” for all users, last week the LG G3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update finally started rolling out in the U.S. for those on AT&T, and now Sprint is up next.
Last year LG announced its brand new flagship G3 smartphone. Offering one of the best overall devices in 2014 with top-tier specs, an impressive 5.5-inch Quad-HD display like the Nexus 6, and extremely small bezels delivering a big screen in a small package. Many owners have been growing impatient waiting for this update, and now it’s here.
LG’s promise to deliver an LG G3 Android 5.0 update before the end of the year was met in some regions, but only for owners outside of the United States. In December it hit Korea, India, Poland, and parts of Europe, but today it’s rolling out on Sprint following an earlier arrival on AT&T. Read on for more details and finally, a changelog of what to expect.
A few months back LG confirmed the LG G3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update was a work in progress, and users can expect it to arrive before the end of the year. As we mentioned above that deadline was met for multiple users, but all of those were smaller regions outside of the United States. Meaning those with an LG G3 on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and others have still been patiently waiting for the upgrade.
Last week things finally got started with AT&T pushing the LG G3 Android 5.0 update, and now Sprint is doing the same. We’re getting multiple reports of users receiving it as of this morning, and a few late last night, and now Sprint has released the official details and a full changelog of what’s new and what owners can be on the lookout for.
Back in October Google announced three brand new Nexus products, and along with them debuted the brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop software update. Delivering a new look and feel to the Android operating system. With Android 5.0 Lollipop users get more features, an improved notification tray and lock screen, neat animations and effects, improved battery life (for some) and a lively feeling operating system.
So far we’re hearing most LG G3 owners on AT&T are enjoying the update, but sadly there’s also a large amount of users that are frustrated with problems after the LG G3 Android 5.0 update, so proceed with caution.
That said, Sprint has done many users a favor by revealing the release has started today, and detailed the changes which are posted below. However, they don’t mention any timeline for when it will complete, or how staggered the update is. Over the air updates like this usually go out in waves, so if you didn’t get it yet, it should arrive soon and be a rather large download. A Wifi connection for the download and update process is recommended. Here’s the changelog:
- Material Design for fluid animation, multicolored themes and 3D views
- More efficient battery use
- Android TV support
- Notifications on the lock screen and customizable options with prioritized notifications for events, reminders, messages and calls
- Updated Lock Screen features allow users to quickly access notifications and active apps
- Enhanced low vision and color blind capabilities for added Accessibility
- Integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities
- Enhanced Messaging with Google Hangouts™ support for SMS and MMS and a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons
- Upgraded Google Mobile Service™ apps automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files
Those keeping track of what’s new with Android 5.0 Lollipop will be sad to see the “updated lockscreen features” are nice, but aren’t as full or useful as stock Android. LG only allows two notifications on the lockscreen, and you can only access active apps from it, vs all like Nexus devices. That said, it’s still nice to have more access to apps and notification on the lockscreen, as well as everything else mentioned.
As we mentioned above many users on AT&T who’ve received the LG G3 Android 5.0 update are loving the changes and new look, but we are hearing a few horror stories of extremely poor battery life. We’d recommend waiting for some reports of how it’s acting on Sprint’s G3, backing up all your data in case things go wrong, then proceeding with the update.
Those on Sprint with an LG G3 can head into settings > system updates > LG update software > and check for updates now to see if Android 5.0 Lollipop is reading and waiting for you. Let us know in the comments below if you’ve received the update, and how you like it.