The newest flavor of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop was officially released today, but that will primarily interest users of the Nexus 6 smartphone or the Nexus 9 slate.
These are the only two devices that ship with this version out of the box.
However, companies like HTC, Motorola and Sony along with a few other handset makers have confirmed that they would be releasing Lollipop updates for several of their products as soon as possible. Which in most cases means a December release.
And although Samsung has not yet made any official announcements, the Korean company is also hard at work bringing the highly anticipated update to some of its flagship smartphones.
Including the Galaxy S5 and Note 4.
An early version of this update for Samsung devices leaked a little while back, though it did not come with a lot of polish. However, this new build shows that Samsung engineers have made a lot of progress and improvements over the previous version.
Take a look at some of these in the video below:
For starters, the Android L version of the build has been replaced with the official numbering, which is Android 5.0. Several other changes are in including in this copy.
A new Galaxy Note 4 fingerprint lock screen is included, along with a thinner font that is used throughout the system. Visual tweaks include new animations, and a brightness slider in the notification center that now actually has a yellow color.
The Settings UI has also been uplifted with new icons, while the UI for setting up the home screen wallpapers also gets updated.
Several other enhancements are also included in what is not the final version of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S5. So expect a bunch of other improvements by the time the final version comes around. Which should be in the coming weeks.