After releasing Android 5.0.2 Lollipop to all of its flagship Galaxy S and Note series devices, Samsung has reportedly released the candy-flavoured Google mobile OS to the company's first ever metal-clad smartphone Galaxy Alpha.
Samsung community blog SamMobile has confirmed that South Korea's top three network carriers have begun releasing the Android Lollipop to Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850S). The new update has been made available via OTA (Over-The-Air) and also through PC Companion suite ― Kies ― for for tech-savvy users, who knows how to manually install the update.
As of now, Samsung is said to be rolling out the new Lollipop update for Galaxy Alpha only in the home market, South Korea. The company is expected to expand the roll-out process to other regions including India in a few days.
The new update is set to bring in new design language ― 'Material design' ― with interactive user interface, lots of animation graphics and the replacement of Dalvik with ART as its default runtime, it will bring improvements in the performance and battery-life.
In a related development, Samsung has begun testing the new firmware on other metal-clad Galaxy A-series devices A7, A5, A3 and also compact 2014 flagship model Galaxy S5 Mini. There is also a possibility that Samsung might roll out the new OS to the two-generation old phablet, Galaxy Note 2 as well.
How to Install Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update on Samsung Galaxy Alpha:
If Galaxy Alpha owners are getting the update notifications, then select - "Download" option >> then, after downloading, select >> "Install now." The phone will restart automatically and the OS will be updated to the new version.
Since the roll-out process is carried out in stages, it will take some time to reach all corners of the country.
Until then, users can also check manually by going to ― 'Settings' >> 'About phone' >> 'System update' >> 'Check Now';
Via Kies [Video Tutorial]:
Step 1: Connect your phone [Galaxy Alpha] to PC via USB cable [Note: Before connecting the device, be sure to have installed Kies software in PC, if not, download, HERE]
Step 2: Then, the phone will get recognised on the computer. Later click on the phone image (with model number; ex: SM-G850S) to the left of the screen, where you will find memory capacity. Below that section, you can see -'Firmware information', under which you would have got the 'new firmware is available' notification and click the 'Firmware upgrade' button.
Step 3: Once done with selecting 'firmware upgrade', you will be asked to save or do back-up of files stored in the phone to PC, then download update process takes-off.
Step 4: 'Download update' step is followed by installation of software.
Step 5: Once installation process is done, device will re-start.
Step 6: Then, disconnect the phone and again re-connect the handset to PC to confirm the device is upgraded to the latest firmware.