Just 31 days after Google released the code for Android 5.0 Lollipop, Samsung has unveiled a version of the operating system for its flagship Samsung Galaxy S5. The update is available for the SM-G900F model, which is the European version of the smartphone.
Android 5.0 Lollipop has been made available to Samsung Galaxy S5 owners in Poland. The update can be applied over-the-air, or manually using Samsung Kies software.
It is likely that Android 5.0 Lollipop is being tested in Poland, before rolling out across Europe. Releasing the new version of the OS in a single territory makes sense, as it provides Samsung with an opportunity to fix any bugs, without affecting devices across the continent.
Of course, this approach means that owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 in Poland are at greater risk of suffering from early-release gremlins. But the obvious advantage to being first-in-line is being able to experience Google’s latest mobile operating system release before everyone else.
Rolling out an Android update to a limited number of users initially is nothing new, and is usually the approach taken by major smartphone manufacturers.
But whilst there is nothing unusual about a staggered roll-out, in the case of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the practice may be particularly wise. There have been reports of the latest version of Android causing a range of difficulties, with issues ranging from battery drain to wi-fi connectivity problems.
In response, Google is now rolling out Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, which contains a number of bug fixes.
Although the bug fixes have not been included in Samsung’s initial Poland roll-out, it is not clear whether the manufacturer’s hardware is affected by the issues. Nonetheless, it is likely that the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update will be delivered to Samsung owners in the near future.
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