Samsung’s reputation isn’t great when it comes to pushing out timely Android updates, but the company's turning that around with the Galaxy S5. This week it’s pushing out Lollipop to to the GS5 on Verizon, Sprint, and a few other international editions.
It’s surprising to see them beat HTC to the punch on one of the flagship devices, as it’s usually HTC that brings its customers more rapid Android releases. Whether it’s technical issues with Lollipop or the Sense UI we don’t know, but for once Samsung owners are getting their hands on the Android candy first.
Each week we gather up all the major software updates for the biggest devices; phones and tablets on U.S. carriers (and unlocked phones, of course), wearables, and round them all up so you don’t miss a thing.
Making sure your device installs the latest software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features, close security holes, and squish those pesky bugs.
Galaxy S5: The Lollipop update began rolling out Tuesday, so hopefully it’s hit your device or will very soon. While Samsung still uses its TouchWiz interface atop Android, many of the Material Design and Lollipop-specific features are there, like the redesigned lockscreen, multitasking cards, and new compose button in many of Samsung’s apps.
Galaxy S5: Lollipop is headed its way to the GS5 on Friday. Look for update G900PVPU1AOA6 to hit your device and bring all that Material Design goodness.
HTC One (M7): Lollipop may be delayed on the current-generation M8, but at least it’s coming to the tried-and-true M7. Look for Android 5.0 to hit your device any day.
Galaxy S5: More bloatware, you asked? OK, you probably didn’t, but that’s what you’re getting anyway with this over-the-air update from AT&T. It does bring voice-over LTE, but you’ll also see some more AT&T branded apps and Uber. Unfortunately, you’ll only get to Android 4.4.4, so hopefully AT&T will step it up and catch up to Verizon and Sprint.
HTC One (M8): Our friends north of the border are scoring Lollipop, which is certainly a tease for those in the U.S. who still have to wait. It’s illustrates how carrier testing and configuration can make a big difference at times when it comes to how fast Android updates reach your device.
HTC One (M7): The unlocked and developer editions of the One M7 should see Lollipop start hitting their phones, according to HTC’s Mo Versi. He’s a good follow on Twitter if you want the latest on what’s going on with HTC Android updates.
Exynos Galaxy S5: This edition of Samsung’s flagship is used internationally (the U.S. version has a Qualcomm chip in it instead), and it’s another in Samsung’s list of new Lollipop recipients. It’s a good indication that Samsung is pushing out Lollipop pretty quickly.