Samsung galaxy S5
AT&T has begun seeding the Lollipop firmware upgrade to users of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones. Reuters

After rolling out Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS update to its Samsung Galaxy S4 subscribers in the US, AT&T has now begun seeding the Lollipop firmware upgrade to users of the more recent Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones.

Hence, users of AT&T-driven Samsung Galaxy S5 handsets in the US can check out for newer OTA notifications that should represent the Android Lollipop OS update.

AT&T's latest update is applicable to Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones bearing model number SM-G900A. Users should also get to see Android Lollipop via OTA in the form of a bulky 1.4GB sized file.

New enhancements

Google's Android Lollipop OS update, for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones, brings along the following newer features, functionality and enhancements:

  • Material Design: Material design offers fluid animations, vivid coloured themes and 3D-views.
  • Improved Lockscreen: Shortcuts for both Phone and Camera are provided, along with material design-inspired notifications.
  • Touchwiz: Brighter look and feel, bold colours, fluid animation inspired by material design.
  • Floating Action Button: Floating action buttons provide easy access to the app's most important features, such as adding a new contact or favourite, or composing a text message.
  • Smart Lock: Secure smartphone by pairing it with a trusted device like a wearable or car.
  • Interruptions: Priority notifications such as events and reminders, phone calls, and messages can be set up to sound or vibrate while all other notifications are muted.
  • Recents: Easy access to your Chrome tabs right from the Recent apps page. Multi-window icons for ease of use during multi-tasking.
  • Activation of 'OK Google' voice command: With OK Google, it is possible to issue voice commands to Galaxy S4 smartphones.
  • Battery saving features: Indicates remaining time left to charge.

How to download and install:

The latest update is available via OTA, but those who have not received any notification, can manually search for it and install.

  • Connect to a Wi-Fi network
  • From the home screen, pull down the notification bar, and then select Settings
  • Navigate to and select About device
  • Select Software update

Tap Check for updates

  • Status message: The software update process will not delete any personal data on your phone. Check the AT&T server for new software update?
  • Choose OK
  • Tap Continue after the update download status message is received
  • The device initiates software update download
  • The device automatically restarts post downloading of the update
  • Status Message: The software has been successfully installed. Your phone is now ready to use
  • Select Done

Verification of OS update:

  • Drag down the notification bar, and tap the Settings icon.
  • Scroll to the "System" category, and tap About device.

The following information displays:

  • Android version: 5.0
  • Baseband version: G900AUCUcBOC4
  • Kernel version: 3.4.0-4432708
  • Build number: LRX21T.G900AUCU3BOC4