A Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop release date still hasn’t been announced by Samsung but as expected, an international carrier jumped the gun and confirmed a Galaxy S5 Lollipop release for December, the same month that popped up in rumors weeks ago.
In January, Samsung started rolling out its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to Galaxy devices. That roll out has since been joined by the Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4.4 KitKat update release, a release that recently hit several devices inside the United States. And while Samsung is still very focused in on its Android 4.4 KitKat roll outs, we’ve begun to see lots of movement regarding its unannounced Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
Galaxy S5 Lollipop leaks showed off the software well in advance. More recently, we saw the update emerge on Sprint’s website. Its appearance confirmed the existence of the update and it also confirmed the fact that the update is now in testing ahead of its release date. Shortly after that, we saw the Sprint Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update leak out ahead of time. The update is a test build but it’s a sign that Sprint, and perhaps others, are making progress towards a release.
At least one other carrier plans to push out the Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update (though we suspect there will be many others) and that carrier is French operator SFR. SFR, a carrier known for releasing Android update information well in advance, today released its new updated schedule. The schedule shows off an upcoming Galaxy S5 Lollipop release that not only confirms the update’s arrival but also confirms a specific release window.
The carrier claims that it will roll out the Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update in December. This lines up with everything that we’ve heard about Samsung’s plans for the Galaxy S5 Lollipop release though it should be considered an ETA rather than a concrete release window. Everything is dependent on testing which means that a minor setback could push SFR’s release, and others, back into 2015.
This timing is important for all Galaxy S5 users because it confirms rumors that have pointed to an early Lollipop release for the Galaxy S5. Samsung is clearly trying to get Lollipop to the Galaxy S5, its current Galaxy S flagship, in a timely manner. Whether or not its able to stick with its December target remains up in the air though given Sprint’s movement and SFR’s plans, there’s a good chance that we’ll see the roll out start sometime this month.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 won’t be the only device moving from KitKat to Lollipop. The Galaxy Note 4, another current flagship, should also be one of the first to get the new operating system from Google and Samsung. Android 5.0 Lollipop updates are rumored for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 as well though the Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop release is rumored for early 2015, specific date unknown. Samsung tends to focus on its flagships first before moving to older devices which means this rumored timeline fits in with the company’s usual release pattern.
Other Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets remain out of the picture for the moment though Samsung’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update should encompass most devices from 2013 and 2014. The company usually sticks to an 18-24 month window for Android software updates.
Samsung’s Lollipop upgrades will be joined by upgrades for several other manufacturers including HTC, Motorola, LG, and Sony. While Samsung remains silent about Lollipop, those carriers have all confirmed details for top devices including the HTC One, Moto X, LG G3, and Sony Xperia Z2. Most Android 5.0 Lollipop updates are expected to roll out in 2015 though roll outs will be dependent upon company, carrier and region.