The Android 5.0 Lollipop release date has arrived for some devices while others won’t get the update for a while.
Samsung devices are among the ones with no specific release date as of yet.
The company did send out an image on Twitter recently showing a Galaxy Note 4 on a bed of candy, with lollipops on the top. But the company didn’t include a specific release date.
Sam Mobile says that the Note 4 will be getting the Android 5.0 update, and that it should start rolling out early next year.
“These plans can always change in the coming months based on how quickly Samsung is able to port everything over, and also on things like carrier and regional delays.”
The website says that older devices, such as the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Tab Pro, and Galaxy S4, will also likely receive the update.
The Galaxy S5 will obviously get the update, but the question is still when.
Sources told Sam Mobile that Samsung is making progress with the Android L update, including an upgrade from the base LRW58J to LRX02E.
“Now, even though the Korean giant is using an updated source code, the build is still missing the Lollipop branding, which indicates that it’s not using the most recent code from Google,” it said.
“However, the new LRX02E build does change the Android version from ‘L’ to ‘5.0’ and also brings in the new Android Bird game as an easter egg, but instead of using lollipops as blockades, the current build uses black and yellow striped rectangles — this was probably a security measure taken by Google to prevent the Lollipop branding from getting leaked before the official announcement.”
Rumors indicate that the S5 update will be out before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Gotta Be Mobile says that even if Samsung devices get the Android L this year, the updates to Android 4.4 KitKat won’t stop.
“We don’t expect Android 4.4 KitKat updates to cease until 2015. They’re still going strong and there are a ton of devices that still need to get the upgrade,” it said.
“There’s a chance that we could see a few skip over Android 4.4 and head straight to Android 5.0 but at this point, given that we’re in the roll outs late stages, we think Samsung is going to go ahead and complete the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade process for devices like the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4, and others.”
It also noted that Samsung usually stays silent on updates until they actually start rolling out.