Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4 users can start to breathe a sigh of relief as they may not have to wait much longer for the Android 5.0 update. The update to Lollipop will likely be coming within the month, as screenshots that were leaked, and passed around the Internet, indicate that the change is coming sooner, rather than later for two of the most dominant Android smartphones on the market. While Samsung hasn’t officially announced anything an international carrier did manage to leak photos of a Galaxy S5 operating Lollipop.
Sprint also leaked that very same message, reminding customers that the update would likely be coming in the next 30 days, or so. An official launch at least coming before the start of 2015. That Galaxy Note 4 had photos leaked that showed the device with what many have regarded as an increased presence of TouchWiz UI influence. TouchWiz Nature UX 3.0 – which is what the Note 4 devices that update their operating system will see, takes advantage of the operating system and emphasizes the new, and sharper design.
While those two devices expect to see the update in the operating system by the end of December, and 2014 – those won’t be the only devices seeing updates. Samsung will be updating the older versions of those two devices as well in the coming weeks – to prep for the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop on those devices in addition to the newest devices. This is a move that Samsung, and other Android carriers haven’t focused on as much as they are in this most-recent release. The focus is now converting more customers to the newest operating system, rather than just preserving the newest operating system for those who have the newest smartphone or buy a new smartphone altogether.
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The Galaxy S4 and Note 3 will both see significant updates as they get updated to the latest version of KitKat – before being updated to Lollipop in January or February of 2015. The update to KitKat will be a serious improvement for those devices as it will include significant improvements to 4G data connectivity, an improved voice calling feature, fixes for some SMS bugs that were present in previous updates, as well as a security update that will impact Knox 2.0.
While Samsung has rolled out the 4.4.4 KitKat update to these devices already, it’s expected that all devices will have an updated version by the end of the month to accommodate Samsung’s 2015 plans with Lollipop. Samsung has kept a precise focus on KitKat 4.4.4 even with the arrival of Lollipop – which some have thought was a strange move. However, given the company’s goal and desire to get those devices also upgraded to KitKat it isn’t a surprise that the update come in waves – rather than a larger and more painstaking batch update.
Overall, this is a good indication that Samsung is definitely focusing more on getting their entire span of devices updated to the latest and creating more uniformity within the brand – perhaps to make it more cohesive- than they have in years past.