U.S. Cellular has begun rolling out Samsung’s latest Android 5.0.1 software for the Galaxy S5. The release includes Samsung’s slightly redesigned TouchWiz interface, plus everything you’d expect from a Lollipop update, including lock screen notifications and Smart Lock.
Obtainable over-the-air and via Samsung’s Kies application for Mac and PC, this release comes with build number OG900R4VXU1BOC1, and like all Lollipop updates, it’s a big one. Here are U.S. Cellular’s release notes:
- Material Design: The new operating system has a new look and feel that is colorful and fresh. Your experience will include more fluid animations along with improved applications and personalization options like themes, colors and widgets.
- Your device, your rules: For fewer worries and disruptions, adjust your settings so only certain people and notifications get through. When it’s important, respond directly from your lock screen.
- More ways to secure your device: Share your device securely with guest user mode. 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. And you can use Android Smart Lock to secure your phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable or even your car.
- Pick up where you left off: The songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all of your Android devices.
While Galaxy S5 users don’t get to experience Material Design as it was intended, the visual improvements to TouchWiz and Samsung’s own applications — many of which are now more colorful and boast Google’s floating action button — are very nice.
Users will also notice big improvements to performance and battery life.
Of course, this update doesn’t include the very latest TouchWiz interface that makes its debut on the Galaxy S6, but Samsung should be bringing that to the Galaxy S5 — and other 2014 flagships like the Galaxy Note 4 — later this year.