It is finally here! All the waiting is over! Android 5.0 Lollipop is now rolling out to those with Verizon Galaxy S5 units. If you had been wondering what was taking so long, you should stop scratching your head because the U.S. rollout of Android Lollipop for the Galaxy S5 is finally live! Since the rollout is done in stages, not every Verizon customer with a Galaxy S5 will see the update as we speak, but the OTA should appear in the next few days.
Galaxy S5 owners have been asking for Lollipop to be sent out to the U.S. for quite some time, as both Europe and Australia are well underway when it comes to the OTA rollout. We did get a tingly feeling this weekend when we heard about the Australian rollout, but we didn’t dare say anything as we hadn’t seen any U.S. Galaxy S5 devices getting Android 5.0 Lollipop at the time. Now, this beautiful Monday, greets people with a new update that should improve the way in which you interact with your phone.
Android Lollipop is all about Material Design and integration, although TouchWiz will add a bit to the sluggishness of the OS. Alas, we can’t help that at the moment. We can only hope that once the Galaxy S6 is launched, either TouchWiz will get a complete overhaul or we’ll get Iconic UX instead. Whichever the case may be, we are glad to hear that the U.S. owners of the Galaxy S5 on Verizon can finally enjoy the Lollipop treatment!
Verizon also updated their website with the new information about Android Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy S5. Check the changes out below:
- Material Design – Android Lollipop brings the all-new material design offering fluid animations, vivid colored themes, and 3-D views for a more pleasurable experience
- Basic Interaction – Bolder color and more fluid animation; The on/off toggle button style updated based on material design
- Lock Screen – The shortcuts for both Phone and Camera are provided for convenience; Material design-inspired notifications; Ability to set priority and privacy for notifications on lock screen; Provide music control as a card to utilize the real estate of the lock screen UI; Brighter look and feel, bold colors, fluid animation inspired by material design.
- TouchWiz – Floating action buttons provide easy access to the app’s most important features, such asadding a new contact or favorite, or composing a text message
- Floating Action Button – Floating action buttons provide easy access to the app’s most important features, such as adding a new contact or favorite, or composing a text message.
- Interruptions – Interruptions give you more advanced options to control your sound settings; Priority notifications such as events and reminders, phone calls, and messages can be set up to sound or vibrate while all other notifications are muted; Set downtime for specific days and times to control notification sounds automatically
- Recents – Easy access to your Chrome tabs right from the Recent apps page; Multi-window icons for ease-of-use during multi-tasking