It’s not the first time we’re hearing of system stability concerns on 5.0, but the snags are now serious enough to warrant desperate measures.
The recent Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge announcements may have temporarily put previous installments in the flagship family on the back burner, but like it or not, Samsung needs to worry about something other than meeting record demand for its new high-end phones.
Lollipop is live or en route to the GS5, S4, as well as the Note 4, Note Edge, Note 3 and even S5 Active in certain parts of the world. Obviously, a lot of effort needs to be invested in spreading the love to all owners of the half a dozen Androids around the globe.
Then you have devices like the Galaxy S5 mini, A3, A5, A7, E5 and E7 that are probably next in line. And in case the plate wasn’t full enough for Sammy’s software engineers, reports of buggy builds going out to S5s and S4s in Europe have erupted and taken an ominous twist.
Apparently, things are so bad the company’s Norwegian branch just interrupted the Android 5.0 dispatch. In their own words, they “hope to send out the (new, stable) update shortly” and they’re working “full time” on “solutions to the problems that have been reported.”
As an unexpected treat and forgiveness incentive, a “new solution for silent mode” is also in the pipeline, and will probably be ready for primetime in a couple of weeks. No words on whether Lollipop package delivery will be halted or delayed outside of the Nordic region, but if you’re experiencing sudden crashes, reboots, random freezing or general performance pickles on S4s or S5s once bumped up to 5.0, it’s smarter to roll back to 4.4.