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Sprint HTC One M7, Samsung Galaxy S5 getting Android 5.0 Lollipop now

By April Taylor , Feb 05, 2015 09:24 AM EST

Sprint has officially started rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop to its HTC One M7 and Samsung Galaxy S5 in the U.S.

Android 5.0 Lollipop has started its journey to devices a while back, but it still has a long way to go to reach more devices in the U.S. While unlocked or GPE versions of high-end smartphones have already received the update, most carrier versions in the U.S. have yet to receive the software treat.

HTC, for its part, said a few months ago that it would release Android 5.0 Lollipop within 90 days of the source code availability. The company has updated the GPE and unlocked versions of its One M8, as well as carrier versions in Europe and Canada, but recently acknowledged that it was missing the 90-day deadline. At the same time, HTC also promised to deliver the same update to its older One M7.

Carrier versions of HTC flagships in the U.S. are clearly not the first in line to receive the Lollipop treat, but HTC One M7 owners on Sprint are nonetheless in for some good news. The carrier confirmed that the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update was set to start rolling out to the HTC One M7 on Thursday, Feb. 5.

"Sprint HTC One (M7) Owners! We've received TA on L OS (5.0.1) and will start OTA tomorrow! Others coming soon," HTC's Mo Versi touted in a Twitter post late on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

In addition to the HTC One M7, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is also getting an update to Lollipop on Sprint. The smartphone's support page on Samsung's website already lists the Sprint variant with Android 5.0 Lollipop arriving as of Thursday, Feb. 5. Changes include enhanced VoWiFi UI and the removal of the Lumen tool bar, according to the support page.

Of course, all of the neat changes and enhancements Android Lollipop has to offer will be in the cards as well, so this will be one sweet update. Remember that OTA updates are always gradual, so it may take a while for all handsets to receive it. On the other hand, if you already got the treat for your Sprint HTC One M7 or Samsung Galaxy S5, drop by our comment section below and tell us how it fares.

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