Jan 13th, 2015

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Quick heads up to our friends across the pond: Android 5.0 Lollipop is now heading out to the Samsung Galaxy S5 in the UK. The upgrade has seen limited rollouts in South Korea and a smattering of other European countries, but the UK launch might be one of the biggest markets Samsung has brought the goods to.

As we’ve shown you earlier, Samsung has made some pretty nice adjustments for their TouchWiz user interface on top of Lollipop. The most notable is a bundle of redesigned applications, as well as inclusion of some of Lollipop’s best features like lock-screen and heads-up notifications. Samsung-specific changes include improved fingerprint scanner support, a new automatic setup process and more.

Many who have used the latest version say it’s a vast improved over the Jelly Bean and KitKat days, though it’s still largely TouchWiz and you shouldn’t expect a massive overhaul from the South Korean company anytime soon… at least not for this particular release.

We hear Samsung has plans to further improve their Lollipop firmware for impending maintenance upgrades that they’ve been testing internally, and we’ll have more on that story soon enough.

For now, head to Kies (or use this download link to flash manually if you know what you’re doing) to get your upgrade, and be sure to discuss your new treat over at AndroidForums.com’s Samsung Galaxy S5 section where many others are listing their thoughts, impressions and reporting potential issues.

[via SamMobile]