Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 owners are in for a sweet treat. Verizon has officially released its Android 5.0 Lollipop software update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and is the first U.S. carrier to do so.

When a new version of iOS or Android gets released, users are anxious to get their hands on the new software to enjoy the many new features and improved security that comes along with the update. In Apple's iOS case, the company is able to release new versions of iOS to the majority of iPhones and iPads since Apple retains complete control over hardware and software. Unlike Apple, Google faces a tougher time getting Android devices, except its own Nexus smartphones and tablets, on the latest and greatest version of Android. That's due to licensees like Samsung, HTC, and LG who use different hardware and add their own UI software on top of Google's mobile OS.

Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 owners will be happy to learn that it is the first U.S. carrier to release the highly anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Samsung's current flagship smartphone. Verizon posted the news to its online support site.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce an operating system update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. This version brings Android beyond smartphones and tablets, allowing access to apps and Android services on other connected screens like TV's, cars and wearables. The new material design offers complex animations, 3D views and improved runtime."

If you happen to own a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5, the carrier recommends that you go into Settings on your smartphone and hit the "check for update" button to see if it has made its way to your smartphone.

As always, once we hear any new information on when other U.S. Samsung Galaxy S5 owners can expect to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop, we'll report right back to you.


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