Galaxy S5 and LG G3 to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update in December

Galaxy S5 and LG G3 to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update in December
There are two major mobile phone makers that hadn't yet announced Lollipop update plans for their flagships, but today we are completing the update confirmation cycle with a semi-official promise, and a rumor. First HTC, then Motorola and Sony chipped in about their update plans, and now Samsung as well as LG are joining the fray.

LG has chimed in from Europe, promising its Dutch and Belgian G3 customers, that an Android 5.0 Lollipop update should be hitting their handsets before the year has rolled out. That's pretty ambitious, though it probably means the update would arrive shortly before Christmas, in the last possible spot from the self-inflicted timeframe.

As for the popular Galaxy S5 by Samsung, the initial hope for a November-bound Lollipop is now firmly moved to December, tipped sources, as could be largely expected. Samsung already teased an Android 5.0 update for the Note 4, so things are hopefully moving fast in that direction.  HTC promised it in 90 days after the source code release, so it might hit the One M8 before the year has passed, too, while Sony has left it for early next year. All in all, any flagship update released within three months would be considered great success, given how Android releases have gone so far, yet when it comes to carrier versions, we doubt things would happen this fast.

Related phones

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)
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

HTC is going to roll it out within four weeks. Look how far Samsung got with their 5.0 test build with the S5. If Samsung is almost done, I'm sure HTC is as well.

12. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

HTC is still suck! no one buys thier phones ONLY its employees and relatives. LG and Samsung are better.

15. melsredmazda3

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

HTC is still suck?

20. f35hunter

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Infact HTC make great smartphones but their UP cameras are suck

21. datguyglad

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

LoL'z , by your user name I'm assuming you have a LG phone..? I have a LG myself but to honest HTC makes great phones. Their UI in fact is the closest to vanilla then any other OE UI's out there including LG. Don't know if you've had any experience with HTC but from your little rant I'm gonna assume that you don't.

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

I guess you've never heard of Motorola then.

31. tr3yg

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

I divert from this statement. I happily own an HTC One (M7) and I still believe it is one of the best phones to-date. I am not much of a picture taker, more of a media buff, so this phone is perfect. I am not the son of an HTC employee or a relative. Even when I do use the camera, the picture comes out crisp and clear. Have fun dissing HTC when they built a better phone than the G3 and Galaxy S5. (ouch that mono speaker on both) :)

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1530; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

These dates are for the non US phones, cut I seriously doubt that we will get 5.0 this year. Unless you get a new Nexus 6.

3. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

"That's pretty ambitious" Oh gosh, seriously ? Every 1gb+ RAM phone should get OS update as fast as possible, and I am not even talking about special software optimizations for specific phone. That's sad how only last flagships get updates..

4. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

So galaxy s5 is getting android lollipop before galaxy note 3.... how is Samsung dealing with updates.

10. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

No surprise and this is the correct way where also any manufacturer do. New phone get updates before the older. Note 4 and S5 shall be hit first before Note 3 and S4.

5. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Fast updates are expected due to preview build availability (5.0) on N5 and N7. Oem can update their apps to work with 5.0, once source is available (if not already released secretly) they can plugin their crappy skins and screw beautiful looks of 5.0!!!

6. rbuljo

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

good to see that LG is stepping up and getting rid of the bad rep regarding updates..

14. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

that's right LG is soon to be the number 1

27. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

LG hasn't released one single update for the G3 on Sprint, or probably any other US carrier. No big fixes, tweaks, or newer versions. They're right on pace with normal LG software update schedules, which is VERY LONG. I've used the Optimus G, the G2, and now the G3 since it's July launch day, and sometimes just a small big fix within the first 30 days of launching helps customers feel better about their new product. The company who made the phone has your back with software issues, the way people feel with HTC or Samsung. LG has a long way to go to gain that type of notoriety


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I waited forever for KitKat to arrive on my LG Optimus G (U.S.) and it still never showed up. LG is lucky I stuck with them for a G3 based on design and spec alone. Android 5.0 doesn't matter much now since I need root for ViperFX.

29. rbuljo

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

I dont have any experience with US carriers as i live in Norway, but the G3 has been updated quite regulary. it is a shame that US carriers puts such a clamp on updates, feel for you guys.... I always root, but whats ViperFX?

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Do not expect it this year thanks to the us carriers for making the delays

8. goojman

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

US carriers are the worst in the world. So many damn restrictions!!

9. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

I want in my g pro

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Hope the LG G2 will get some love too...

13. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Yeah. It's been a long time since the last update. xD

25. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

hope we dont have to wait as long as optimus 4x user...

16. juan0289

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

Does someone know when oneplus one is getting android 5.0 lollipop update??? Thak you.

17. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

So the Verizon phones will definitley get it by July.

19. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I really doubt it. My estimate would be around January-February for LG and Samsung...

23. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

My guess is both LG and Samsung wont bring much UI changes with this update even it is a major update.. Thats make sense that they can rollout so fast ~

24. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

If Samsung can get it in December, then Motorola will get it the day after the source code is released. The order will be: GPE and Nexus, Motorola, HTC, LG, Sony, and then Samsung. The ones at the back won't really be that much of an update because they will just plop all their skins and bloatware on, so it won't help the battery or processing power.

26. Zeesh

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 26, 2014

roll outs will start in december but they will takes months for all regions to get their updates. Android updates are slow, irregular and not all regions are getting them simultaneously.

28. whateveru

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 17, 2011


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