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The hottest Samsung Galaxy phones won’t be upgraded to Lollipop until early 2015

Published Dec 5th, 2014 8:30AM EST
Android 5.0 Lollipop for Galaxy Note 4
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Even though some Galaxy S5 models have already started receiving the Android 5.0 Lollipop update much earlier than anticipated, Samsung apparently revealed that most hot Galaxy handsets won’t be upgraded to Google’s latest mobile operating system until some point in early 2015.

FROM EARLIER: Yes, Android Lollipop for the Galaxy S5 is finally here. No, you can’t have it yet.

Traditionally, Samsung has not been able to provide timely Android updates to its customers, so it was very surprising to see the Galaxy S5 receive the first official Lollipop build earlier this week.

On the other hand, Google did things a bit differently this year, by releasing a preview version of Android 5.0, which developers and OEMs could drive test before the full launch. Recent reports have already revealed that Samsung is already testing internal Android 5.0 versions for certain top handsets, including the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S4.

But Seoul-based Reuters reporter Vincent Se Young Lee confirmed Samsung won’t release these updates this year.

“#Samsung says #Lollipop updates for other devices like the Note 4, Galaxy S5 LTE-A, Note 3 and Galaxy S4 coming in early 2015,” Lee said on Twitter.

It’s not clear at this time what “early 2015” means for these specific Android updates.

Lee also said that the Korean Galaxy S5 version will receive its Lollipop update on Friday.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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