Galaxy Note 3 owners on T-Mobile are now receiving Samsung’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update. They are the first in the U.S. to get Lollipop on the 2013 phablet, and it brings all of the features and improvements you’ve been waiting for.
This release, which sports build number “N900TUVUFOB5,” is rolling out over-the-air and via Samsung’s KIES application for Mac and PC.
In addition to Lollipop features like Smart Lock and lock screen notifications, this release brings some improvements that are specific to T-Mobile customers, such as Wi-Fi calling, and a resolution for the problem affecting IPv6 email setup.
The software will also deliver significant performance and battery life improvements, thanks mostly to Google’s decision to use the ART runtime by default for Android 5.0 and above.
This update arrives while Galaxy Note 4 owners still wait impatiently for theirs. Samsung did bring Lollipop to Note 4 handsets in a small number of markets around a month ago, but it was subsequently pulled for unknown reasons, and hasn’t reappeared since.
If you’re a Note 3 user on T-Mobile and you haven’t already received an update notification for this release, you can search for it manually from within the software update section in the Settings app. Bear in mind, however, that it could take a little while to reach all users.