Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update coming in December, but you can get it now

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Our Samsung-obsessed friends at Sam Mobile are reporting that the first builds of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Galaxy S5 will arrive in December. You read that right: not March 2015, not even in the New Year, but this coming December. Not a bad gift for the holidays at all! Update: If you just can’t wait until December to get your hands on Lollipop, you might want to try installing the unofficial AOSP build which is making the rounds on the XDA Developers forum. Head to the update section for more details.

While we are mighty impressed that a Samsung device to get the update with all the TouchWiz additions less than two months after the Nexus range (putting even HTC’s 90-day Advantage promises to shame), this still was not enough for some eager beavers.

Sam Mobile already showed us a test build of Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy S5 already, so we know it’s well underway and not too far from completion, but this would be an epic new move from Samsung to have it out so soon after Google releases the stock firmware. I’m not sure if Samsung has hired 100,000 new developers since their awful attempt at getting Android 4.3 out a while back, but if everything goes to schedule, Sammy may just win themselves a whole bunch of fans.

Update: Over at the XDA Developers forum, a working version of Android 5.0 Lollipop has appeared for the Galaxy S5. It’s an early build, but most features are working (NFC and the camera seemingly the only two things which aren’t). If you’re eager to see what Lollipop will look like when it finally arrives on your device, head over there now and download the ROM.

The current Galaxy S5 variants which are supported are: SM-G900I, SM-G0900F, and SM-G900M, and more updates are said to follow thick and fast. Do the indie devs at XDA ever sleep?

If you want to learn about the status of the Android 4.4.4 update for Galaxy S5, that info can be found below the break.

What about the Android 4.4.4 update for the Galaxy S5?

Samsung’s flagship device, the Galaxy S5, has been receiving the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update in the US for a little while now, firstly on Verizon. Verizon actually brought out a second update only a month after a large patch rolled out to devices on the same network. Sprint has now rolled out the Android 4.4.4 update for the Galaxy S5 over the air. Here’s what you can expect from the latest S5 update from your carrier.

Galaxy S5 Sprint update

After leaking last month, the final build of Android 4.4.4 KitKat is now rolling for the Sprint CMDA version of the Galaxy S5. As you know, the Galaxy S5 launched over six months ago with Android 4.4.2 and leapfrogged Android 4.4.3 entirely. While Sprint’s support page says the update was released on September 24th there’s still a shortage of people verifying that that they have actually received it, so Sprint may simply be trying to rewrite history (rather rather unsuccessfully). Nevertheless, the OTA is on its way, so keep an eye out. The update brings international VoWiFi, security patches, a HD voice icon and the full Android 4.4.4 KitKat suite of goodies.

Galaxy S5 Verizon update

The Galaxy S5 update on Verizon has brought a wealth of improvements to the device, such as better music streaming connectivity and some UI changes in Memo and and Emergency Mode. It also updated some of the included software (bloatware) that comes with the device, like Message+ and Cloud. The latest patch seems to be a little less comprehensive, but early reports suggest there has been some minor interface changes to look out for and a bluetooth related fix.

Verizon then pushed out yet another update for the Galaxy S5, less than a week after the last, with build number KTU84P.G900VVRU1ANI2. The patch brings some extra tracking features to the S Health app, tweaks to enable VoLTE, and an option to turn off the Galaxy S5 camera shutter sound! If you were yet to download the previous update then it’s likely you will jump straight to this latest version.

Galaxy S5 T-Mobile update

Despite updating its Galaxy S4 variant to Android 4.4.4 recently, the latest KitKat update still hasn’t appeared with T-Mobile’s S5 device just yet; it still remains on 4.4.2.

Galaxy S5 AT&T update

Like T-Mobile, AT&T users are still sitting on Android 4.4.2, although this carriers S5’s did receive some minor updates a while back. Time is running out before units start seeing an official Lollipop release in December, let’s hope AT&T can keep up!

Are you still keeping up with Galaxy S5 updates? Or are you now only interested in when it will receive Android Lollipop?

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