Samsung pressuring US carriers to rollout Android 5.0 Lollipop to Galaxy S5, Note 4, others

Samsung pressuring US carriers to rollout Android 5.0 Lollipop to Galaxy S5, Note 4, others
Like anything you read on the internet, always hedge your bets, but chatter on Reddit appears to have confirmed that early 2015 is going to be the beginning of a big push to update a lot of Samsung hardware to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The moderator “verified” Samsung “rep” shared an image of an email providing some broad strokes as to what Samsung employees needed to do to prepare for the updates which will begin in January.

The email was lacking in many specifics, and the rep also provided the caveat that there was no hard-and-fast date schedule, and “milestones get missed, variables can go far left.” He did reiterate however, that if the higher-ups felt confident enough to send out this information about how to prepare retail units, then updates will be coming soon.

Now we must also provide the caveat that “SES,” as referenced in the email, means Samsung Experience Store, as in what one might find in a Best Buy store. Because of that, this indirect channel communication may not be totally dialed in with what Samsung is planning. Then again, retail instructions like this are not generally outlined unless there is some expected action coming down the line.

Let us grab that pinch of salt, and delve further into speculation. The rep shared that Samsung Galaxy S5 is the priority to get Android 5.0. That will be followed by the Galaxy Note 4, then the Note Edge. After those three, other models, including the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, will be next in line.

Posts in the Reddit feed have since been heavily edited, so we will grab even more salt and throw in what used to be on the page. The rep noted that while he did not have any specific carrier timelines for an update, he was told that Samsung has been weighing heavily on the carriers to move updates out faster.

We do not know how effective that pressure will be on the part of Samsung. The US carriers are not known to be the fastest at letting the updates flow at-will (not counting Apple). The Lollipop update has already started for the Galaxy S5 in a few markets. This latest news only reaffirms update information we have seen for Samsung’s late model devices.

sources: Reddit via BGR



1. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Something that sammy needs to do.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Something EVERYONE needs to do.

2. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Good job, Samsung.

3. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Nobody gonna tell US carrier's what to do. Nice try Sammy.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Apple did and guess what happened? Yup.

7. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Apple has loyal customers and a strong ecosystem that cannot be manipulated. Samsung is a different case.

11. wilsong17 unregistered

Lol no define a ecosystem

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

'apple is different' is basically what you are saying, but no they aren't really the only real difference is that they are an american country and that apparently makes it ok for them to get their way, but the moment non american companies tries to do stuff like this to benefit their customers, the response from the american companies is: "You can't tell us what to do!" ???

6. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Someone needs to pressure Motorola to update the 2013 Moto X. I'm getting freakin tired of waiting.

8. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Moto is clearly being influenced by Lenovo more and more everyday.

9. palmguy

Posts: 979; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Come oooon, update Moto X 2013!!!!

19. shaminda

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 20, 2014

They have to update Moto X 2014 before they update Moto X 2013. They only have updated a handful of Moto X owners

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Carriers with their bloatware, carrier iq and other spyware, etc., are helping to make the entire mobile device market stall. Not just phones, but tablets as well. For example, the only phones that ATT offers with minimal bloatware/spyware/carrierware/etc. are the iPhone and the Nexus 6. Not coincidentally, these phones also get updates independent of ATT. The rest of the phones from ATT are laden with crap and ATT forces more crap down the throats of their customers via OTA updates that contain more bloatware. Maybe OneMotovo will start making more Nexus 6 phones soon. That would help make for a happy new year :)

14. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

You always have choices. If you want a subsidized phone than you have to accept the bloatware. If you don't like that buy a full price unlocked phone. Practically US have a good price policy for subsidized phones and for the rest of the world just not worth it.

15. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

true, US have better prices than majority of the world

17. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes, you are correct. However, unlocked devices, your stuck with either AT&T or T-Mobile. The rest are just a bunch of MVNO want to be.

22. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I took a Verizon Motorola Droid Maxx (~yr old) to T-Mobile, changed the APN's and had no issues.

13. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Must be a slow day for something like this to be considered news.

16. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Seems like you aren't having a pretty great day yourself since PA got you to click and comment on this article.

18. csmith9176

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

absolutely agree they need to update the software. When Verizon rolled out its advanced calling system the samsung s5 was disabled in making calls and also surfing the internet at the same time. We're back to the terrible iPhone type of operation where we cannot surf and talk. This was one of the few phones you could do that with on Verizon and since they updated their system the phone is now not compatible. So the phone that came out like the Droid turbo that could not do both at the same time now cannot and phones that could do both now can't. It's a disaster

20. tokuzumi

Posts: 1865; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I do wish the OEMs had more control over when updates are released in the US. I'm sure we'll get there eventually, but it may take a few years.

21. ajwan

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 02, 2015

Luv my oldie but goodie Nexus 4 (5.0.1)!

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