[UPDATED X2] Android 5.0 update for T-Mobile Galaxy Tab S rolling out?

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One of our readers got in touch this morning to inform us that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S on T-Mobile is beginning its rollout today. And he must have caught it early because T-Mo’s general software updates progress page is still showing it as under “T-Mobile Testing”.

Edit – At time of posting, the updates page didn’t have the information on the new software. Now it does. Go check it out. 

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All that being said, I guess hoping for up to date information on this particular product is futile, given the fact they’re using the product image from the original Samsung Galaxy Note (T-Mobile variant). I wish I was kidding on this one. Come on T-Mobile, you’re better than this:

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So far only one reader has confirmed that they have managed to install the update. He informed us that as with every Samsung device the software update is on the wrong side of the 1GB marker, measuring in at roughly 1020MB download. If you are going to update, be sure you have plenty of battery left and enough storage space. If the software update hasn’t shown up on your device yet, check manually in your settings app or try the Samsung Kies PC tool.

UPDATE – A reader sent us a picture of the pre-update screen on a Galaxy Tab S here’s the lowdown:

  • File size is 1101.95MB – A little bigger than the 1020 we’d previously been told
  • It comes with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop which decreases your available memory by at least 950MB
  • You need around 3GB of space to download an install the upgrade

Let us know if you manage to get the update installed successfully, or if it’s not showing up for you.

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  • Zen

    Hey Cam thanks for the article and info about how the T-mo Galaxy S4 is the only flagship phone out of its generation that has not been updated to Lollipop, while all the S4’s on other carriers in the US and internationally have been updated successfully.

    • Frankwhitess

      Dude…. Listen,.. Enough with this crying over the update with the galaxy s4… That phone Is ancient… Look, text me your number and I will call you so we can arrange a transfer.. I’ll donate $400.00 so you can get with the times… Life is too short to prevent your self from living just for a couple of dollars..

      • George

        Thanks Frankwhitess (on behalf of zen). It is not about the money. It is about T-mobile is not doing its job. When every version of s4 is updated then why T-mobile is not doing it. Instead of you giving money I say, tmobile should pay s4, s3 and note2 owners some money because they are inefficient.

        • Frankwhitess

          I see where you guys are coming from and agree with you guys… I just try to give t mobile the benefit of the doubt.. They have updated a lot of there andriod phones..

        • Luck

          I will also T-mobile the benefit of doubt. But now they are repeating it for the third time (S3, Note 2 and now S4). So T-mobile is the culprit. By the way S4 is not ancient phone. When lollipop was released it was just 16 months old and deserves the update. Anyway it is not too much work for T-mobile. Samsung already updated it. T-mobile just has to TEST it. If they can not even do that then there is a big issue. We atleast deserve an explanation from T-mobile why it is not updating S4 (and S3 and Note 2) when sprint, att and verizon already updated it.

      • Zen

        Agree with George here. It’s not about the money. I expect T-Mobile to stay relevant and not allow users to get shafted by not updating the exact same phones all other carriers are updating in order to provide customers with a better user experience.

        And Cam, I do think if you posted an article talking about this issue it could catch the eye of the folks at T-mo who can actually do something about it.

        • Frankwhitess

          I agree… It just sucks when t mobile gets there butt kicked all because one phone was not upgraded while all the other ones have been upgraded.. I agree with what your saying in regards to them doing rite by the s4,..

    • Cam Bunton

      I sense your sarcasm, and disdain over the lack of updates for the S4. I have asked, and if I had received any extra information worth sharing I would have posted something.

  • JJCommonSense

    Hey Cam.. the update page shows that 5.0.2 is rolling out today

  • ” J.D. “

    Speaking of updates and T-MOBILES page not being updated what can anyone tell me about this .

    http://www.xperiablog.net/2015/05/12/t-mobile-xperia-z3-sees-another-lollipop-update-certified-23-1-c-0-385/

    • Tmo user

      If you look on T-mobile’s software update page, you will see that Z3 update is now in testing phase.

      • Tim O. Towers

        It was updated only a short time ago.

  • ” J.D. “

    Hey Cam please approve my previous post & may be give an answer Too :-)

    • thepanttherlady

      Done :)

      • ” J.D. “

        Thank You I didn’t know you were a moderator Kool :-)

        • Cam Bunton

          She’s my wing-man (or wing-woman) on Disqus. ;-)

        • thepanttherlady

          Shhhh! It’s a secret. :)

  • ssjchaseutley

    Still no Lollipop for S4.

    • Cam Bunton

      Nope. I’m not 100% if it’s coming either..

      • ssjchaseutley

        I wonder what their explanation is considering Verizon and Sprint have already released Lollipop on their services. I thought Tmobile was different in this area….starting to see they aren’t.

        The last update broke my S4: i was relying on this update in order to fix all the problems I am having. Lollipop is the fix I need for this phone and I’m pretty pissed off all my friends have their phones working perfectly now, meanwhile I’m sitting here with battery guzzling phone thats unable to play videos in browsers (There’s a massive thread on Google’s forums pertaining to my problems).

        • Luck

          AT&T too. T-mobile says it is the third biggest in the USA. But updates wise it is distant fourth.

    • Luck

      T-mobile did this for s3 and note2 (did not update it to kitkat). Now they are doing the same for s4. How are they getting away with it. They deny the last major version update to flagship phones.

  • Bradley Karas

    It was me this morning who let you know…sorry for the misinformation I was in a rush getting ready for work when I was doing it

  • Tatdude806

    Now if we could only get Lollipop for the Note 10.1 (2014) Seems like both TMO and Sammy have forgotten this one!

    • Derrick B.

      TMO’s website shows it’ll be updated

      Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
      Manufacturer Development
      Software Version: Android 5.0 “Lollipop”T-Mobile and the device manufacturer have agreed to support a new software update.

      • Tatdude806

        Wow, this must have just come around in the last couple of days. I was ready to root and CM this thing! But it says they have agreed, it may still be months away…

        • JJCommonSense

          Yaaaayyyyy!! Im glad 2 c the Note 10.1 2014 get sum luv!

  • tomarone

    Yay. Downloading Updates. 1.102 GB worth.

    • tomarone

      Fancy Schmancy. All done. Looks OK.

    • tomarone

      so far it’s stuttering a lot, everything is updated. Some problem with google play services…But now, it’s good. Seems nice.

  • Trvlr

    Downloaded the lollipop update 5.0.2 to my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab S (4GLTE). It created lag on my Chrome browser app, and so I went into “Settings”, turned on the Developer Options and turned off my Animations settings (from 3 to 0) to bypass the lag. For now, everything seems to scroll ok.

    However, I’m not happy with the Material Design theme on this tablet. Frankly I think it has ruined my experience. Not only is my black background option gone from the Notifications panel but it seems to be missing from the Settings options as well. Now my Notifications background is a nasty bright blue colour – it looks really cheap – and all my icons and fonts are smaller! I loved my standard settings on the last version of KitKat. Now Google has ruined my tablet version and I will have to try to rollback lollipop or maximize my fonts (which I really didn’t want to have to go extra large when large was fine.)

    Sorry about the prolonged rant. But I’m not a tech newbie. I’m comfortable with stock large fonts, wide panels and black backgrounds on my devices. I will not upgrade my Note 4 if this is how Google is setting such low standards! Material Design is a joke. Being so minimalist has very little appeal for users like myself. They are about to lose a longtime Android user. Google needs to invest in serious design R&D because waiting for them to do an update and “fix” some of these issues will bleed into the Note 5 release and Galaxy Tab S2 release! I have been upgrading with every season and I’m now in the market to try Apple again (dammit) or something that doesn’t have an Apple OS or Google OS!

  • Gavino96

    Downloading it now. I hope it was worth the wait!