Samsung released the Android 5.0 update in the U.K. on Tuesday, following an international rollout throughout other parts of Europe and Asia. Also called Android L, or Lollipop, Google’s latest version of its operating system includes the “material design” makeover in addition to a number of other changes.
Samsung updated its TouchWiz user interface for the Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 upgrade, and redesigned a number of the proprietary phone apps including its dialer, messaging and clock. The Galaxy S5 update is based on Android 5.0 (Lollipop), while its other smartphones are currently testing under a newer version Android L 5.0.2.
Android L brings a new lockscreen to the Samsung Galaxy S5, as well as changes to notifications and improved fingerprint sensor. Google also changed its method of operating apps in version 5.0 to the Android Runtime (ART), which it says lets apps open faster and use less battery power.
Samsung has made the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) update available to owners of the Galaxy S5 U.K. variant immediately by connecting to a computer with its Kies service. It will also offer Android L wirelessly over-the-air (OTA).
To update the Samsung Galaxy S5 to Android 5.0 immediately, use the Kies method by installing Samsung’s update software and then connecting your smartphone to your PC or Mac and following the on-screen instructions.
To download the Samsung Galaxy S5 update wirelessly, go to your phone’s Settings menu, then tap System, then About Device, then Software Update, and then Update. Website SamMobile, which was first to report the Android 5.0 update for Galaxy S5 users, also offers a download of the firmware online.