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Android L updates for Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 may be launched in November / December

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Android L updates for Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 may be launched in November / December
Arguably the most important Android update ever, Android L has yet to receive a final name. Even so, we already know a lot about this new version of Google’s OS, including the fact that manufacturers should start pushing Android L updates before the end of the year.

While we still have to wait a bit for official release dates, we now have details on when Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 may get Android L. According to Sam Mobile (usually a very reliable source when it comes to Samsung-related info), Samsung’s two flagship handsets should be updated to Android L by the end of November, or in early December. Of course, that may be a bit later than some Samsung users were expecting. But we have to keep in mind that Samsung will have a lot of work to do optimizing its TouchWiz UI for Android L.

Hopefully, we’ll hear more on this soon. Until then, for a close look at Android L, you should check out our preview of it here.

source: Sam Mobile

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posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:29 18

1. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


thats pretty quick.... will see Android L on Note 4

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:49 6

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10436; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I want to get the Exynos version in Gold so bad but dropping $800 is killing me.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:57 8

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4808; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Sometimes you have to do that, if you want the BEST!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:04 2

32. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10436; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I have the money for it, but I seriously dislike T-Mobile/Samsung for not offering the Gold color option at launch. I love me some WiFi calling and official VoLTE support. :(

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:49 3

42. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4808; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I just don't know about the Note 4 yet... To me the Note 3 is so freaking epic that the Note 4 with it's 1440p screen & design are not too compelling of a reason to buy.

Right now for me the Sony Xperia Z3 is the phone I am going to get, unless the Moto S for Verizon or a Nexus X for Verizon lands. Usually I am an early adopter, but I am going to wait & see how this plays out.

ALSO root is super important to me. I f'ed up & got a retail Note 3 instead of a Developer Edition Note 3. I WILL NEVER EVER DO that again. The retail Note 3 got root but its bootloader is STILL locked... :-(

Sony is VERY developer friendly & WILL unlock the bootloader so you can install those EPIC bloat free AOSP ROMS with features & stuff that no OEM can even come close to...

So this year I will not be premature... I will buy the BEST phone available that can have FULL developer support. If a Note Edge Developer Edition lands then I will put it on my list...

I will wait for the REAL & true 64bit with 4+GB of RAM 1440p with hopefully a new design Samsung Galaxy Note 5 this exact time next year!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 15:16

44. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


uff... Smurf, exhibition of patience is required in this case :)

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:08 1

16. Finalflash (Posts: 2775; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


It is the same thing as buying on contract just that you save on the contract as well as get the phone you want. Literally the best option available.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:01

29. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


buying on contract is better if paying lump sum is not budget friendly... but still there is nothing better than a freedom, so try to buy it contract free... thats a peace of mind without glueing for two years with the carier

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:48

41. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3260; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


its 20 a month until payed off or you pay off early. not stuck for 2 years.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 15:13

43. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


may be, it vary from country to country then

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:29

22. slh163 (Posts: 138; Member since: 19 May 2014)


this is why the in-contract option existe

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:46

26. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


$800 is expensive but Note 4 some how justify it considering latest hardware and huge specs... So I wont mind spending $800 or $900 on it

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:10

34. JunitoNH (Posts: 1613; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Yup, keep telling yourself that, $800 for a phone. When you're done, there's a special Bic pen I want to sell for $500. Latest specs and I'll even throw 2gig of ram for you.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:39

38. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


$800 is for the note only... well, 5 cents are the best which may be I will consider offering you ;)

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:47

40. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3260; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


its normal speed they have had it for 2 or 3 months almost to tweak and test since google io

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:31

2. taz_chaz (Posts: 28; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


do they mean 2016..????cuz as far as i know they always provide pants updates...of course for note 3 well maybe 6 months later as usual....oh fix the over heating and the battery drain and the drop call on kitkat for note 3 n then we can discuss it....

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:40 10

4. wilsong17 (unregistered)


I have 10 note 3 on my t-mobile account none of them have any problems. . Mine and my wife are running tweaks 3.0 again no problem. ... maybe user error... also how many app are on the play store that will tell which app is draining your battery????... what does drop call have to do with the phone... nice try

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:23 1

37. taz_chaz (Posts: 28; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


quite few users after kitkat including myself havin battery draining problems and over heating.before kitkat i have no problem at all but after kitkat all these problems appear.im not bashing samsung i lv their phones is the update with kitkat i got problem with .so u r lucky for not having a problem and thats great for u.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 16:00

47. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Kitkat also causes problems with the S-Pen on the Note 8.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 19:05 1

54. iushnt (Posts: 1510; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


After every OS update, whether it is iOS or Android I always perform factory reset and it just works..did u try that?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:40 1

3. droidguy86 (Posts: 12; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)


I'd just root my Note 4 or my current Note 3 and throw stock Android L on it. Because I doubt it will have as many features with TouchWiz implemented into it.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:41

5. torr310 (Posts: 784; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Great to know that! That's so quick!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:41

6. Mels13 (Posts: 91; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


And Note edge?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:43 1

7. antmiu2 (Posts: 302; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


I bet it will be delayed

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:48 3

8. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


They will ruin it with Touchwiz, i guarantee it.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:50 12

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10436; Member since: 14 May 2012)


TouchWiz is the best thing to happen to Android. It's what opened the gate for everything. ;)

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:53 3

14. wilsong17 (unregistered)


Lol agreed it come with the complete package

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:22 11

19. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Touchwiz has given Android a bad name. Now anyone who thinks of Android believes that it's the ugly, bloated, laggy and buggy software that Samsung runs. As for the features, they are mostly gimmicky, half baked or available through third parties. However, i do think Samsung builds awesome hardware.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:31 3

23. bigmaster (Posts: 198; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)


Like PapaSmurf said ...... BTW your note 4 UX will not be Awesome without the Touchwiz skin on it because of the apps that comes with it ...... However if you don't like it remove it and install a custom ROM.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 15:40

46. Awalker (Posts: 1397; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I hate the kitchen sink approach Samsung takes. They should offer a close to stock build and make Touchwiz a launcher and place the gimmicky features in the play store as apps.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 17:06 4

49. technosiastic (Posts: 33; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


I have htc one x and its been updated with jb 4.2.2 and sense 5
Tbh it crashes like hell in my opinion samsung is doing well with its touchwiz and software updates.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 19:10

55. iushnt (Posts: 1510; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


I also have the same phone and it doesn't crash..see post 54 above.. As for Touchwiz and Note series, note series will be a complete joke without touchwiz. It would be like HTC One Max- just and enlarged phone.. And I still don't know that my galaxy s5 doesn't lag or all the internet sites are just trolling!! It just works great..

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:55

28. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


As iOS users. I am confused with all the discussion with all android users. Others like TouhWiz and others don't like TouchWiz because laggy, buggy, bloated gimmick.

Which is the true statement between you and them as android users?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:05 7

33. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


thats the beauty of android... we have option of discussing/arguing/experimenting within the same plateform unlike boring ios

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:23 5

36. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


ok, let me give you a plausible explanation... My Pc works buttery smooth while using office, ie, mozilla, chorom, games etc... same system slow down(lag) dramaticly sometime while using autocad, 3dmax, eagle point and sometime photoshop as well during complex art works... same can be applied to the features of touchwiz, some features are really useful but have heavy coding which result as a load on Cpu... may be this is the reason of what they called lagging

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 19:15 4

56. iushnt (Posts: 1510; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


It depends on Sammy hater as well.. Sammy haters find touchwiz too laggy than reality..in reality, it just works.. If u want to take a photo, it just works as fas as other highend flagships..if you want to surf internet or call or do whatever you want, it just works and won't be annoying..this lag thing is just an excuse to hate..

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:49 4

9. Carlitos (Posts: 500; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


That's actually pretty quick. The official update to nexus devices isn't till late next month.
Then again Samsung had usually been quick with android updates, the problems always arose. With carrier branded devices in the US. Which is why I plan on just buying an unlocked international version of the Note 4, which also comes with the exynos processor. If not ill go with the s6

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:52 1

12. wilsong17 (unregistered)


Yep that the problem those dam carriers
.will the international note 4 edge work with t-mobile LTE not hspa

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:52

13. somad (Posts: 169; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Is that mean galaxy note 3 NEXT ..
the problem is if you with Verizon that means we will be the last to get Android L even the note 4.. :(

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:09 1

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


if Samsung gets it out to their phones that soon Motorola will probably have it out the day after Nexus devices get it. ;)

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:10

18. maxnooze (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


What about the galaxy s4?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:22

20. Ninetysix (Posts: 2339; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


If you've been following the 4.4.4 touchwiz updates for the S4 at XDA, you'll learn that it's a big disappointment. Samsung is basically just updating the system part of it but not touchwiz. S4 community was hoping for a new touchwiz + updated apps found on the S5 but that's not happening.

Good thing is you can still flash them :) We'll see what Samsung ends up doing with L on the S4s. Maybe I'll have my Note 4 by then.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:34

24. maxnooze (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


Thanks for the memo. Things had been suspiciously quiet about that. I'm sure the s4 could run the new touchwiz too...

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:37

25. Andrewtst (Posts: 609; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


That's is Samsung, Samsung never updates new look for older phone.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:03 4

31. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10436; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Not true. Galaxy S2 received the TouchWiz UX 2.0 from the Galaxy S3 in the 4.1 JB update.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:23 1

21. bigmaster (Posts: 198; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)


Man !!!!! That's what I'm waiting for ! A 64-bit BEAST !!!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:51 1

27. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Samsung is quiet on 64bit part so I dont think they have any real plan behind 64bit at the moment

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:19

35. bigmaster (Posts: 198; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)


So you're talking about that Samsung will lock the Note 4 Exynos variant down to 32-bit even with the Android L update ? I don't think so. If you have another opinion say it I love to hear more about the Note 4

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:45

39. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I am not saying that they will lock it down but probably they are not going to fully utilize the potential of 64bit computing at the moment

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 17:58 2

51. LiquidSnake (banned) (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Sep 2014)


It's locked down at the firmware level.

Otherwise, the SD variant buyers would be pissed.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:02

30. Mikiordic298 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Yeah,maybe
Loving my iOS 8 update on my 3 year old iPhone 4S by the way :D

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 18:28 1

53. erikiksaz (Posts: 170; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Hah, yeah. Enjoy:

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/09/ios-8-on-the-iphone-4s-performance-isnt-the-only-problem/

Ignorance is bliss. Your iOS update is a neutered one, you know that right?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 15:29

45. swaguire (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


The only thing holding me back from getting any Android device is Imessage, even though you all might think it is not important I use it so much and would rather use imessage than text,and Imessage has so many more features so if Android came out with something like Imessage I would definitely get an Android phone.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 17:03 1

48. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Hope updates arrive for the Note 3 and S4 soon, along with the new interface and features! Really would like that~

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 17:35

50. LiquidSnake (banned) (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Sep 2014)


And when will my S2 get it?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 18:27

52. erikiksaz (Posts: 170; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


BWAHAHA, YEAH RIGHT.

So all of a sudden they'll pull these fast updates out of their ass.

posted on 19 Sep 2014, 00:37

57. Spedez (Posts: 437; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


So late. What's taking so long? 4.4 is starting to look really dated compared to iOS8 and WP8.1

posted on 19 Sep 2014, 08:17

58. tokuzumi (Posts: 932; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


This will be for non-US models. The US based ones will maybe get it by Q2 of next year.

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