Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Release Heats Up

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release is gaining steam just one day after Samsung started rolling out the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 update.

Weeks ago, Samsung announced that it would be rolling out several Android 5.0 Lollipop updates in the early part of 2015. Included in that announcement was the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the company’s current flagship Galaxy Note, and a device that arrived with Android 4.4.4 KitKat on board. Samsung did not outline a specific Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release though given its status as a flagship, many assumed that it would be among the first to Google’s new operating system.

While there was a bit of a delay, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update started rolling out yesterday to one international variant in Poland. The update, as expected, delivers a number of big time changes to the Galaxy Note 4 including Google’s Material Design. It also comes with enhancements, fixes, and a whole lot more.

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Today, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release has spread to another variant in another part of the world. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update is now rolling out in South Korea to the Exynos variant on SK Telecom. SK Telecom is a South Korean carrier and it’s typically at the front of the line when it comes to Galaxy Android update roll outs.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release is mirroring what we saw from the start of the Galaxy S5 Lollipop release. In December, Samsung started rolling out the Galaxy S5 Lollipop to Poland before pushing the software out to a trio of popular South Korean carriers including SK Telecom. A few weeks later, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update started rolling out in full force in regions like Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. In the U.S., the update is available on Sprint and Verizon.

The company may not pattern its Galaxy Note 4 release exactly like the Galaxy S5’s but there’s a good chance that we’ll continue to see a whole lot of movement as we press on through February and into March.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release dates for other regions remain scarce though we have seen several new details pop up in recent weeks. French carrier SFR claims that it will start rolling the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update out in February though it hasn’t provided an exact date. The company’s early release dates serve as ETAs and not concrete release months. As is the case with all carriers, the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release date is dependent on internal testing.

Canadian carrier Rogers also recently confirmed a Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update though its a little less specific. The carrier says that while the update will indeed coming at some point in the future, its release is “To Be Determined.” That’s a sign that a roll out is still probably weeks away. By comparison, it lists the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update with a release in February or March.

U.S. carriers remain silent about the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update though the U.S. is expected to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to the company’s flagship model. U.S. carriers tend to remain silent about release dates so there’s a good chance that owners of the Galaxy Note 4 on carriers like AT&T and Verizon will remain in the dark all the way up until the actual roll outs begin.

The Galaxy Note 4 Next to the iPhone 6 Plus.
The Galaxy Note 4 Next to the iPhone 6 Plus.

Samsung is also expected to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to the Galaxy S5 mini, Galaxy S5 Active Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha, and the aging Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Those updates will join the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note 3, all of which have been bumped up to Samsung’s latest Android firmware.

It’s not clear when any of those updates might roll out though it’s safe to assume that they will start pushing after Samsung gets its flagship Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy S5 pushing en masse.

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