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