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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Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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58 Comments

1. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

32. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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. :(

42. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

44. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

29. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 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

41. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

43. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

may be, it vary from country to country then

22. slh163

Posts: 140; Member since: May 19, 2014

this is why the in-contract option existe

26. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 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

34. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

38. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

40. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

2. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 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....

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

37. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 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.

47. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

54. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

3. droidguy86

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 12, 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.

5. torr310

Posts: 1633; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Great to know that! That's so quick!

6. Mels13

Posts: 116; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

And Note edge?

7. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

I bet it will be delayed

8. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

They will ruin it with Touchwiz, i guarantee it.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

14. wilsong17 unregistered

Lol agreed it come with the complete package

19. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

23. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 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.

46. Awalker

Posts: 1968; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

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