Apr 6th, 2015

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It hasn’t been too long since we last saw a Lollipop update head out to the Samsung Galaxy S5. After Verizon pushed, pulled, and then last week re-pushed Lollipop out to the Galaxy S5, we’re now seeing another carrier give the S5 some update love.

In what shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, trailing behind most carriers once again is US Cellular. As revealed on their software updates page, US Cellular is now officially ready to push out Android 5.0.1 Lollipop to Galaxy S5 handsets on their network and with it, all the features and enhancements (for better or worse) that were introduced in Lollipop. Here’s what you can expect from software version OG900R4VXU1BOC1:

  • 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.

One thing Lollipop for the S5 is missing? The lighter, more streamlined TouchWiz user interface as found on the Galaxy S6. We can’t for the life of us figure out why Samsung wont bring this to their older devices, but if there was ever a time to do their customers a solid, it was during a major software update like Android 5.0. What a shame.

[US Cellular]

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