New and exciting Samsung Galaxy Lollipop update details have been spotted at a regional wing of Samsung and it would appear that the company is cooking up Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for the Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy S5 mini and Galaxy Note 2 on top of the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop updates that have already been confirmed.
Back in November, Google started pushing out its Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system for the first time. While the update started with Nexus smartphones and tablets, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update’s slowly, but surely, made it to devices from other manufacturers including Samsung, the world’s largest Android maker.
Initially, Samsung chose to stay quiet about Android 5.0 Lollipop and its release. However, in the days since, the company’s started to let details trickle out of its South Korean stronghold. We’ve seen Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update details emerge. We’ve seen Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update information surface. We’ve seen info arrive for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note Edge. And we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update start to push out for select users.
Today, a treasure trove of information has been unearthed by GSMArena. The information comes from the Finnish arm of Samsung and it seems to confirm several Android 5.0 Lollipop updates ahead of time. Listed on the schedule are the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update, the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update, and the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update. All three of those updates have been confirmed for a release in the early part of 2014. The website also lists several updates that haven’t been announced.
Included are Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for the Galaxy S5 mini, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The Galaxy Note 2 is a bit of a surprise given that the device is now more than two years old. Samsung typically keeps devices around for 24 months or so before kicking them to the curb. The Galaxy Note 2 turned two in the fall and continues to get Samsung’s Android 4.4 KitKat update.
While this information comes from a division of Samsung, it’s important to note that regional wings of the company have been wrong about Android updates in the past. Until the main mobile division of Samsung confirms these updates, they will remain in limbo. Given the age of the Galaxy Alpha and the Galaxy S5 mini, neither should be in any danger of missing out on the Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
In the weeks since the Android 5.0 Lollipop release, we’ve seen tons of new Android 5.0 details emerge for owners of Samsung’s Galaxy-branded smartphones. French carrier SFR recently put out ETAs for the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 and yesterday, we tracked down some new information for Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 users in Spain.
Vodafone Spain, a carrier known for being very upfront with its customers, says that it’s currently planning to roll out the Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update in 2015. The carrier says that it “can not give a specific launch date, but it is quite certain that the upgrade to the latest version of the operating system Google will not happen until next year.”
The carrier also notes that it currently is looking at an early 2015 release for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update. This lines up with SFR’s January ETA and it also backs up Samsung’s earlier confirmations. The company recently said that the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 update would land in early 2015 and that’s precisely what this carrier is telling its Galaxy Note 4 users.
Most carriers, including those based in the United States, remain silent about the Android 5.0 Lollipop update and its features. We’ve seen the Sprint Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update leak out several times already but that update remains unconfirmed.
Samsung’s already confirmed Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and Samsung Galaxy S4. The company is also all but confirmed to have a Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update up its sleeve. All of these updates, minus the Galaxy Note Edge update, are confirmed for an early 2014 release.