It's been more than two months since Samsung released the v5.0 Lollipop OTA (Over-The-Air) update to Galaxy S5 in Poland and South Korea, now the OS has been rolled out to the Verizon model in the US.
"Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce an operating system update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. This version brings Android beyond smartphones and tablets, allowing access to apps and Android services on other connected screens like TV's, cars and wearables. The new material design offers complex animations, 3-D views and improved runtime," the company said in a statement.
The new Android OTA update (build version: LRX21T.G900VVRU1BNLC) is currently seeding to Galaxy S5 (SM-G900V), making Verizon Wireless America's first network carrier to rollout the new OS software.
Google's new mobile OS comes with a completely re-furbished design language – "Material design"- bringing interactive user interface, lots of animation graphics, replacement of Dalvik with ART as its default runtime will bring improvement in performance and battery-life enhancements.
How to install Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update:
If Galaxy S5 (SM-G900V) owners are getting the update notifications, then 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.
We like remind our readers that the OTA updates are released in stages, so it will take some time, probably few weeks to reach all corners. Until then, users can check manually by going to:
Settings >> About phone >> System update.
As of now, Android 5.0 Lollipop has been rolled out to Galaxy S5, Note 3 and Galaxy S4 in select regions of Europe and East Asia.
However, Samsung is yet to roll-out the new mobile OS update to the flagship phablet Galaxy Note 4.
Why Android 5.0 Lollipop is not yet released to Samsung Galaxy Note?
It has been learnt that the delay in Android Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4 is due to Oculus VR, who are facing a tough time in tweaking the software ROM 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 headset developed by Samsung in collaboration with Oculus Rift. It was launched along with Galaxy Note 4 in September last year. [More information, HERE]
Just a week ago, Samsung's The Netherlands' arm released an upgraded user-manual of Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F, SM-N910C, SM-N910H) models with screenshots of Android 5.0 Lollipop software hinting at the new Google mobile OS will finally arrive to the 2014 flagship phablet soon.