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Android Lollipop 5.0 officially debuted back in November 2014. Since then, numerous devices from multiple manufacturers have updated to the new operating system. Samsung has been slow to roll Android 5.0 out to its Samsung Galaxy smartphones, though. Only one device has been updated as of this writing. Fortunately, a long list of Samsung devices will receive the update within the next few months. The extra development time could ensure that Samsung’s device don’t suffer from crippling Lollipop bugs and problems.
Here’s a look at which Samsung smartphones will receive the upgrade:
Samsung Galaxy S5
Most Galaxy S5 owners have received the update to Lollipop by now. Samsung started offering the update on January 13, 2015. Of course, TouchWiz is overlayed on top of Android Lollipop. Some users might not notice the differences between this operating system and the previous version. Performance boosts are evident, and various changes have been made to accommodate Material Design.
Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Alpha
Galaxy S4 devices are guaranteed to receive the update to Android 5.0 soon. The update should come before April 2015 and could breathe new life into this aging device. Without a doubt, enhancements from Lollipop will make the S4 seem like a brand new device again for many users. Its Snapdragon 600 processor will find the new OS lighter than Android KitKat.
Obviously, the Galaxy Alpha is a much more recent device than the S4. It features mid-range specs with a high-end design. Such a new smartphone will absolutely receive the update within due time. Whenever Lollipop comes to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Alpha users should expect the update within a short period of time.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Note 4, and Note Edge
Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4 phablets should receive Android 5.0 in the first quarter of this year. These two devices dominate the phablet market because of their wide variety of features. In reality, Lollipop can only benefit this pair of devices. They’re premium devices that will receive this update, and users will love every feature included in the upgrade.
February 2015 sees the update slated for release on the Galaxy Note Edge. With its curved screen, this device turns heads wherever the owner goes. An update to Lollipop could make that curved screen look even better with Material Design.
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung’s newest flagship device hasn’t been announced or released yet, but rumors have been flying. Plus, analysts expect the device to be announced any day now. Every S6 is going to ship with Lollipop as the stock operating system, and the newest version of TouchWiz will be included here. Powerful hardware is getting packed into this smartphone, too.
Will other Samsung devices receive the update?
Likely, no other existing Samsung smartphones will update to Lollipop. A handful of tablets could receive an Android 5.0 upgrade, but that remains to be seen. All future devices should ship with the new OS, although low-end, non-Galaxy devices could stick with KitKat instead. In the end, Lollipop provides a variety of performance enhancements, a new design philosophy, and compatibility for 64-bit computing – among other features. It’s a welcome upgrade to the Android operating system.
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