This wave of updates has been going around for a while now, and some of you might be confused about if you should have received the update by now or not, so we are going to make it very simple for you and tell you which countries already have received the update and for which devices.
Bear in mind that the update is being rolled out in phases, this means that not every owner will get it at the same time. Remember that once the update is available you should get a system notification, once you do just choose Download Now and Install now once the download is completed.
You can also check for the download manually by going to Settings > About phone > Software updates > Check for software updates.
Don’t forget that your device has to run stock firmware in order to receive the OTA update and remember that the downloaded file is over 800MB so it is strongly recommended that you use WiFi for the download. Once you decide to install the update make sure that you have over 50% of battery left.
The roll out began early in December and the S5 was the first to get it.
This update was issued for Polish owners on the fifth of December, then around a month later the update spread to Central and Western Europe, Russia and Malaysia. The UK received it in January and the guys down under received it in early February.
When it comes to the US only Sprint and Verizon have pushed the update to their devices.
The update for the Exynos model hasn’t been forgotten and the roll out started on the third of February which began in Kazakhstan.
Galaxy Note 3
This update came late January and the first ones to get it were the Russians, and the update for the N9505 which has LTE is rolling out as we speak.
Galaxy Note 4
The first model that received the roll out was the Exynos, unlike what happened with the S5. The roll out started in Poland on the eleventh of February. Then it was the South Korean’s turn on the next day. It also has come to our attention that the update for the Snapdragon version is already being pushed in Germany.
The I9500 was the first variant of the S4 to receive the update, the Exynos powered one. This began on the second of February in Russian and was spread out to India as well.
The LTE-A variant received the update early in February in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.
Galaxy Note 2
If you are a proud owner of a Galaxy Note 2 don’t despair as Samsung has confirmed that it will also receive the update to Lollipop but at this point there is no ETA.
There are significant changes in this update, unlike in previous versions. The major one is that this update embraces the new Material Design by Google and relies on realistic 3D effects and shadows to make the experience more intuitive, with more vivid colours and fluid transitions.
Some performance improvements are to be expected due to the change from the obsolete Dalvik to the Android Runtime (ART).
The Overview menu, known previously as Recents, brings a card based UI and document-centric multitasking. Some apps have more than one card in the Overview menu which makes it easier for the user to choose what they are looking for.
While there is a redesign of the Android Stock Notifications bar and Quick Settings, this is not noticeable in the TouchWiz customised Lollipop. What you will notice is the difference in the lock screen notifications, in which you will be able to choose which app is allowed to show notifications and to select the level of privacy and priority of each app.
You can add multiple users in Android 5.0 Lollipop or you can use Screen Pinning to lock the screen to a particular app.
You can also use the Smart Lock feature to automatically remove the lock screen security when you are in a Trusted Place or your smartphone is connected to a Trusted Device.
When it comes to battery stats you will now be able to see how much time it’s left until the battery is fully charged or how much time it is left until you will need to recharge your smartphone.
Many design elements of the TouchWiz UI have been changed to adopt the Material Design guidelines and most of the Samsung apps have been updated to adopt is as well. The Settings menu has also suffered a revamp and of course there are also bug fixes and improved system performance with the update.