Back in October, before even Nexus phones had Android 5.0 updates available, we heard rumors about Samsung’s update timetable for its flagship models. Among the details mentioned there was the idea that the Galaxy S5’s Lollipop release could be ready sometime in December. More recently, we’ve seen an Android 5.0 GS5 ROM leak, but still no official distribution. Well, we’re only a few days into December at this point, and now it looks like those earlier rumors are already coming true, as Samsung’s spotted releasing its GS5 Lollipop update in select markets.
News of this update comes to us from Europe – and Poland in particular, which is reportedly the only region currently seeing update availability. Presumably Samsung’s keeping an eye on things, and barring any unforeseen consequences, will start making Android 5.0 available for the Galaxy S5 in additional nations soon.
And if this wasn’t obvious, we’re talking about an international model here – Samsung’s SM-G900F. So even when we do inevitably see distribution spread to Poland’s neighbors, we’re still likely facing additional delays before US carrier variants start getting Lollipop for themselves. At the very least, this early start to the international version of the update bodes well for Samsung making availability for other editions a priority – now to see to what extent the carriers themselves feel like playing along.