After weeks of delay, Samsung has finally began rolling out the much-awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA (Over-The-Air) update to the 2014 flagship phablet Galaxy Note 4 in select regions of Poland.
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. This apparently raised a lot of questions and thus 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 are having tough time tweaking the Android OS source kernel to make the flagship Samsung phablet compatible with the company's Gear Virtual Reality (VR) device.
[Note: Gear VR is 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. For more information, click HERE]
Now it looks like the company has fixed the issue and has finally released the sweet candy flavoured Google mobile OS to Galaxy Note 4.
Samsung community website, SamMobile has confirmed that Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910C) owners in Poland have started getting the update notifications on their devices.
As of now, new Android 5.0.1 Lollipop software is released OTA (Over-The-Air). The company is expected to make it available through PC companion suite for manual installation.
How to install Android 5.0.1 Lollipop OTA update:
When Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910C) owners get the update notifications, select - "Yes, I'm in" option >> then, after downloading, select >> "Install now." The phone will restart automatically and the OS will be updated to the new version.
Users can also check manually for updates by going to Settings >> About phone >> System update.
With this announcement, Samsung has completed its task of releasing the new Android 5.0 Lollipop to both the flagship devices of 2014 - Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 and also the 2013 marquee devices Galaxy S4 and Note 3.
Now, it remains to be seen when Samsung will roll out the new OS to other mid-range smartphones and tablets of 2014.
The new OS is said to bring in all Lollipop features and also the all-new visually appealing TouchWiz UI.
Google's new Android v5.0 Lollipop OS comes with completely new design language – 'Material design', bringing 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.