Back at the beginning of October we had our first look at Samsung’s implementation of Android Lollipop, complete with its familiar Touchwiz user interface. SamMobile has managed to get its hands on a newer version of Lollipop running on the Galaxy S5, pretty much confirming that an updating is coming to the smartphone.
The overall look is pretty similar to what we saw last time, but there have been a number of new features and tweaks added to the build. Including: a new Note 4 style fingerprint lockscreen, a search bar in the recents menu, and some smooth new animations. Some apps have been tweaked too, there is a new filter options in the Gallery app, an improved UI for music and a new search box for contracts.
Material Design app colors also make their way into the status bar and Samsung has given everything the once over with its signature blue Touchwiz color scheme. The video shows all this off better than I can put it into words, so let’s watch.
Compared with last build (version LRW58J), this version carries the LRX02E identifier. However, the lack of any Lollipop branding suggests that this build isn’t using the latest Lollipop version from Google and probably predates the official unveiling of the OS. The final version will no-doubt see further improvements.
With the release of Android Lollipop soon upon us, Samsung Galaxy S5 owners shouldn’t have to wait too long to try out the update for themselves. The latest rumor suggests that an update will arrive sometime in December.