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Verizon Releases Android Lollipop Updates on Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy Tab S & G Pad 7.0

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September 11
9:42 AM 2015

Verizon Wireless has just started to roll out an Android Lollipop to units of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy Tab S & G Pad 7.0 beginning today. The update primarily brings Android security patches.

On its support page, Verizon has announced earlier today that the carrier is releasing a Lollipop update. Although it was not made clear if it was the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, Verizon noted that it will be an update that will help phones have better performance through security patches.

August and September has been a busy month not only for Verizon but for the whole Android community because of the series of software updates. Google has been on the verge of preparing the upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow's release later this month.

The new Android Lollipop update will come through over-the-air download using a Wi-Fi connection. If prompted for the download, make sure the battery is charged up to at least 50 percent before heading to the installation proper. Storage should have an extra memory space depending on the download's file size. The update will come in stages.

Current software version status of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy Tab S and LG G Pad 7.0 are as follows:

Phone

Current Software Version

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Android 5.0 Lollipop

LG G Pad 7.0

Android 4.4 KitKat

To check the software version of the phone, just go to Home > Settings > About device. Read the software version.

Here's a quick rundown to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop features and improvements in Material Design, notification controls, device sharing, and device syncing.

  • Material Design. Enjoy a more colorful and fresh new look and feel. Lollipop brings in more fluid animations along with improved apps and personalization options like colors, widgets and themes.
  • Notification controls. Worry less because with the new notification controls, users can now adjust settings to sift people and notifications go get through. Users can also directly respond from lock screen when it is important.
  • Device sharing. Sharing device can now be done more securely through guest user mode. Create multiple user accounts to allow friends to access device to prevent them from accessing owner's private files. With Android Smart Lock, secure device by pairing it with trusted device like any wearable or even car.
  • Device syncing. Apps, song, photos and even recent searches from one Android device can be accessed fully across all other Android devices.

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