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Android 5.0 Lollipop begins rolling out for Exynos-powered Galaxy S5
While Samsung isn’t known for being particularly fast when it comes to new OS updates, the Korean giant has been much more aggressive with its Lollipop rollout. We’ve already seen a number of devices start to receive the update in several markets across the globe, including the Galaxy S5. Up until now, the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update only applied to the Snapdragon variant, but no longer. Earlier today the Exynos powered Galaxy S5 SM-G900H began to see the update as well, starting with Kazakhstan.
While the rollout is pretty limited at the moment, this just goes to show how dedicated Samsung is to getting Lollipop out to as many folks as possible. As for what is new? First, there’s plenty of under the hood changes that come with Lollipop, such as switching to ART, a number of bug fixes (though several new bugs have been introduced as well…) and more. When it comes to front-facing features, TouchWiz masks a lot of the Lollipop changes (Material Design) that you’d see in a stock Android build but there’s still several noticeable tweaks including brighter colors, an updated multitasking interface, a new lock screen and the priority system for Lollipop.
Again, right now the Exynos update is only available in one region, though it’s only a matter of time before the update becomes available to others either through Samsung Kies, an OTA or both methods. To check for the OTA, you can always head to Settings> System> About Device> Software Update.
So how about it, any Exynos-based Galaxy S5 owners see Android 5.0 on their devices yet? If so, what region are you in and what do you think of the experience so far?