In February the LG G3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update finally started rolling out in the United States on multiple carriers, following a release in other regions around the globe, and today one more US carrier is now offering the latest software. Earlier this week we saw the LG G2 get Android 5.0 on Verizon, and now today the T-Mobile LG G3 Android 5.0 update is ready, sort of.
Owners with the LG G3 on AT&T and Sprint have already received the latest software, and Verizon started it but then quickly delayed the release, and it’s still missing in action. The last major carrier is T-Mobile, and as of yesterday it’s available via their online tool to download and install the update.
LG’s promised to deliver the Android 5.0 Lollipop update within 90 days for owners, which it met, but not in the US. In December it hit Korea, India, Poland, and parts of Europe, then parts of the US in February. And now today that rollout continues as we’re getting confirmation that the T-Mobile LG G3 Android 5.0 update is ready if you’re willing to do it manually, rather than simply accept an over the air update.
Last year LG announced its brand new flagship G3 smartphone in May. Delivering 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. Those waiting for the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop will be happy to know the rollout is going smooth, and now it’s hitting even more users.
Typically updates come as an over the air (OTA) software update. A notification arrives on the users device prompting them to download and install the update, and the entire process typically takes less than 5-10 minutes. However, the T-Mobile G3 has yet to see that OTA, but the latest software is available for those wanting to do it manually.
We’ve seen it before, but users who don’t want to wait for T-Mobile to push the G3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update, you can manually download and flash it using LG’s software update tool.
All users need to do is download the LG software update tool linked to above, connect their LG G3 to the computer and enable USB Debugging in settings, and the application will do the rest of the work. It will check what version of Android you’re running, reboot into recovery, and install the latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on your T-Mobile LG G3.
This will not erase any data or information, but it’s always a good idea to backup all important documents, photos, video and more before continuing, as you never know what to expect and sometimes things do go wrong. That said, we haven’t heard of any problems. If you’d rather wait, an over the air update should start rolling out any day now. Possibly later today.
The LG G3 update will be 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, Sprint and around the globe are enjoying the update, at the same time there’s also a large amount of users that are frustrated with problems after the LG G3 Android 5.0 update, so users should proceed with caution.
For now we have no details regarding the LG G3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update for T-Mobile, or if the carrier changed any additional things, but when Sprint pushed it live last month they released some details regarding the upgrade. 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
Most likely all of the changes and information detailed above will be the same for the T-Mobile LG G3, but we can’t say for sure. T-Mobile hasn’t officially announced the LG G3 Android 5.0 update yet, but with it being available now, we should be hearing more soon and see it officially start rolling out.
Users will be able to enjoy tons of new features, an improved look, Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE (HD Voice) calling and more as part of the software update. Give it a try today, or wait for it to arrive automatically. The choice is yours.