Samsung has reportedly begun releasing the much-awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its flagship phablet Galaxy Note 4 in the USA.
American network carrier Sprint confirmed the news on its official website that the company's Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910PZKESPR) subscribers can now upgrade to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.
The new firmware (build number: N910PVPU1BOB7) has been made available via OTA (Over-The-Air) and is said to bring in new design language – 'Material design' - with in interactive user interface, lots of animation graphics, replacement of Dalvik with ART as its default runtime which will bring improvement in performance and battery-life enhancements.
How to Install Android 5.0 Lollipop update on Samsung Galaxy Note 4:
If Galaxy Note 4 owners are getting the update 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';
Recap on Why Android 5.0 Lollipop update got delayed for Galaxy Note 4:
Usually Samsung releases new OS updates to current flagship phones and later to older models, but to everyone's surprise, it released v5.0 Lollipop OS first to 2013 model - Galaxy Note 3 instead of the new Note 4 in late January. This apparently raised a lot of questions and became fodder for rumour mills to churn out numerous speculations.
Later it was learnt that the delay in Lollipop release for Galaxy Note 4 was due to Oculus VR, who had hit road-block while tweaking the Android OS source kernel to make the flagship Samsung phablet compatible with the company's Gear Virtual Reality (VR) device.
[For the uninitiated, Gear VR is a wireless virtual reality head-set developed by Samsung in collaboration with Oculus Rift. It was launched along with Galaxy Note 4 in September last year. More information, HERE]
Last month, the company finally fixed the issue and began rolling out the update to Galaxy Note 4 in Poland. Soon, Samsung is expected to expand the Android Lollipop OS release programme to other major hubs including India soon.