Android 5.0 is slowly making its way to more devices. So slowly, in fact, that as of January 5 it didn’t even get its slice in the pie chart of the operating system’s distribution. However, for the lucky owners of a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in Russia, the update is already seeding, beating the Galaxy Note 4 in the race to get it.
Users in different parts of the world, who can’t wait for their localized versions, can download the coveted update and apply it manually by following the link at the bottom.
The Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 3, which we saw previewed in a beta, brings the modern Material design to the aging 2013 top-tier phablet. Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay on the Note 3 was criticized for not being optimized for the large screen, and that is now going to change.
Other improvements, inherent to the new OS version are increased battery life and a general performance boost. The Android 5.0 update is said to carry some of the latest Galaxy Note 4 features over to its older brother, better multi-window support being one example.
Now that the official update has started rolling out, we could only hope that global availability will follow soon.