After arriving in certain European countries not long ago, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 has finally made its way to the United States. Oddly enough, it's the Verizon variant of the Galaxy S5 that is receiving the update before any of the other carriers. The changes listed on Verizon's page for the update are below, and they include both changes made in Lollipop and Samsung specific changes that relate to Touchwiz.

  • 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 animations
    • 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 
  • Touchwiz
    •  Brighter look and feel, bold colors, fluid animation inspired by material design.  
  • 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

The Verizon document also has pictures that accompany the changelog so users can see what visual changes are heading their way, and any interested users can view that PDF in the source below. The rollout is staged, and users shouldn't be concerned if their device currently doesn't show any updates available.

It's good to see more devices receiving the update to Lollipop. Enough devices have been updated for it to show up on Google's platform version dashboard. In January less than 0.1% of Android devices were running Lollipop which meant that it was not displayed in the chart or on the graph. Still, at 1.6% of all Android devices, one can only hope that the adoption rate increases so more users can experience the latest version of Google's operating system.

Source: Verizon via Android Central

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  • DanNeely - Monday, February 2, 2015 - link

    Has HTC given any indication of when Lolipop will start getting past US carriers for subsidized phones>
  • phatboye - Monday, February 2, 2015 - link

    Any word on a lollipop update for Samsung's other flagship phone the note 4.
  • Scott32746 - Monday, February 2, 2015 - link

    After installing Android 5 on S5 my internal space went from 2.1g free to only 467m free.
    Does anyone know what would be causing this.
  • shabby - Monday, February 2, 2015 - link

    Samsung installed an additional 1.6gigs of crap on your phone.
  • Gigaplex - Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - link

    Samsung would have installed that extra crap on KitKat too.
  • Gigaplex - Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - link

    It's bigger, so you have less free, would be the obvious guess...

    On a more serious note, I believe that ART consumes more storage space than Dalvik did.
  • rado992 - Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - link

    The difference is probably due to ART storing more data about your apps in the storage. IIRC, ART only compiles each app once (upon installation) and then stores the compiled binaries so that no JIT compilation happens. The process is explained in detail here:
  • FITCamaro - Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - link

    Really hoping this still comes to the Note 2 like they said it would.
  • intefix - Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - link

    Avoid it. It sucks!
    Screwed up several of my apps.
    Drains battery considerably faster.
    Makes the phone run slower...
  • Che - Thursday, February 5, 2015 - link

    Updated a few days ago, so far no problems. In fact I am really loving it. Fast also

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