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Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update starts December, but you can get it now [updated: Verizon Galaxy S5 test firmware leaked]

Scott Adam Gordon

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. Android 5.0 test firmware for Sprint's Galaxy S5 has also been leaked and made available to you via the XDA Developers forum. Head to the update section for more details.

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Galaxy S5 Android update: when will my Samsung phone get Lollipop? / © ANDROIDPIT

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.

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Android L preview on the Galaxy S5. / © SamMobile

Update: Do you have a Galaxy S5 with Sprint? The folks over at the XDA Developers site have now released an unofficial version of the Android 5.0 update for the Sprint Galaxy S5 and you can get it right away. Before you start flashing it with Odin, please keep in mind that there could be a fair amount of bugs that still haven’t been ironed out. Another important thing to consider is that this will wipe all of the data on your phone, so make sure you back up your pictures and files etc before hand. The update is said to have most of the Android 5.0 Lollipop look and feel, however the sensors haven’t been fully tested.

If you aren’t keen on giving up your phone warranty, you can wait for Sprint to deliver the update OTA. It shouldn’t be too much longer considering carriers and OEMs are all in a mad race to get the update to phones as soon as possible.

For other Galaxy S5 models

For other Galaxy S5 variants (SM-G900I, SM-G0900F, and SM-G900M - and more soon to follow), head over to the XDA Developers forum where another working version of Android 5.0 Lollipop is also currently in development. 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.

Have you tried any of these Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop ROMS?

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.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop is almost here for the S5, but some carriers still haven't shipped Android 4.4.4. / © ANDROIDPIT

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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  • steve 3 months ago Link

    what about Att?

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    Scott Adam Gordon 3 months ago Link

    No news from AT&T about an update unfortunately :(

    • steve 3 months ago Link

      where's the best place to check for updates on att s5?

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    Scott Adam Gordon 3 months ago Link

    You just have to keep checking your "software update" page. Go to "settings", then to "about phone". If I hear any other news about S5 updates I'll put it in this article.

  • Richard Boggs 3 months ago Link

    I just updated my s5, and now it isn't charging like it used too. anyone else having this issue? It worked perfectly fine before the update.

  • Pete Berry 2 months ago Link

    Still on 4.4.2 here on 3 in the UK

    • Geoff Totten 2 months ago Link

      Your lucky we in Australia are stuck on 4.3!

      • Moni Mihailov 2 weeks ago Link

        How can you be on 4.3 when the Galaxy S5 launched with 4.4.2 out of the box xDDD

      • Stuart Male 12 hours ago Link

        That's weird. I'm in Australia and have had 4.4.2 for ages.

  • Steve 2 months ago Link

    What about this update on S4 on O2 in UK?

  • debra rymer 2 months ago Link

    Can you find out when note 3 in Australia will get update 4.44. Thank you

  • m chalmers 1 month ago Link

    wot about the united kingdom s5? thanks

  • Richard Yarrell 1 month ago Link

    Eventually everyone will have the 4.4.4 Kit Kat update. Note 4 arrives with it just like the Alpha

  • Blake Decker 4 weeks ago Link

    i wanted to give a lil heads up..i have my gs5 with att...yes i knoww..locked bootloader..well i used towelroot and busy box, along with safestrap flawless...with a custom rom called visx this is the 1 i found to works and gave me alot of room to customize!..well with each of the updates released i always look to see what is in the update that will make an improvement from the current build im using...well...i have 4.4.2 right now and i dont see going 4.4.4 just not enough goodies for me to start all over...i wish att would unlock the bootloaders...if the customer service reps are so worried about how to deal with bootloops or whatever the problem it is you are having...they can easily learn how to help you...if i can...they can...but they dont want to deal with it..maybe someday...if you have att and want to root/custom roms...its so easy i recomend jumping on youtube and looking up galaxys5roo is his user name...he will show you step by step how to root/load custom recovery..hes also got another channel zedomax...this guys awsome and really loves android and you can tell by the way he shows you how to customize!

  • Michael W Tomaino 1 week ago Link

    Just got the 4.4.4 for my sprint s5 rebooted 3 times but its up and running heres to looking at lollipop soon im hoping :)

  • Michael W Tomaino 6 days ago Link

    Your welcome my man

  • Michael W Tomaino 6 days ago Link

    Did notice lil changes here and there nothing too major but nice lil subtle changes

  • abhishek 5 days ago Link

    when we will get in india on galaxy s5 any idea about it...?

  • Michael W Tomaino 2 days ago Link

    So i dont know if anyone expierenced this but i cant retrieve any of my saved email i mean my gmail is saved but the regular email app deleted all my saved stuff I don't know if that has to do with the update or not but I just thought I would make everyone aware or maybe even get some help with this

  • J Woody 2 days ago Link

    I don't have any inside info for anyone but my AT&T company phones (S4 and S5) received the 4.4.4 update 2 days ago. I keep checking my 4 personal S5's and nothing yet.