U.S. mobile phone carriers AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile are set to release the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Samsung devices, particularly the Galaxy S5, Note 4 and Note Edge.
According to Precious Silva of International Business Times, the Korean tech giant issued its latest Android update over-the-air for the Galaxy Note 4. Sprint has released the firmware for Galaxy Note Edge.
"Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been treated with the Android 5.0.1 OTA update promising a range of new features and bug fixes," Silva wrote. "Although Samsung may not have gone all out on the last update, users can expect a range of improvements enhancing overall experience."
Yash G. of SamMobile elaborated on what Android Lollipop will do for Galaxy Note 4 users. He contended that both new features and bug fixes are in this update.
"First and foremost, the notoriously annoying forced close error on the Contacts app is now fixed, which should give users some respite," Yash wrote. "Other than that, the update also brings in the Side View Panel, which essentially is Samsung's implementation of the Pie Controls (if you've ever been a Nexus user)."
Yash added that the "Mute feature" is also back for users not satisfied with vibrate and sound modes. He also noted that the update changes "the notification selection mode from All/Priority Only/No notifications to a new Do Not Disturb mode."
For those lucky enough to have the chance to upgrade the software on their Samsung devices, Google elaborated on the latest features of Android 5.0 Lollipop on its website. In addition to phones and tablets, it would also work on watches, TVs and cars enabled with Android software.
"Pick up where you left off," Google wrote. "The songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all of your Android devices."
Google noted on how the latest Android update would provide "the right information at the right moment."
"With Lollipop, your tablet shows your inbox alongside the message you have open, while your watch shows new emails as they arrive," Google wrote.
The tech company then turned its focus on the "battery saver feature," which it claimed to extend device use "by up to 90 minutes."
"Now it's easier to manage your power usage," Google wrote. "See the estimated time left before you need to charge, and when you're charging, approximately how much time until it's topped up and ready to go."
Google claimed that the Lollipop update would also enable users to implement several security measures on their devices, including smartphones from Samsung.
"Share your device securely with guest user mode," Google wrote. "Or create multiple user accounts to enable friends to log in on your device. In either case, no one will be able to access any of your stuff."
In a report previously published by the Gospel Herald, mobile carriers have been slow to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop on the aforementioned Samsung products in the United States. However, other countries, including India and those in Europe, already have those updates available.