Samsung pressuring US carriers to rollout Android 5.0 Lollipop to Galaxy S5, Note 4, others
posted by Maxwell R. / Dec 31, 2014, 8:47 PM
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
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Nobody gonna tell US carrier's what to do. Nice try Sammy.
posted on Dec 31, 2014, 9:19 PM 2
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Apple did and guess what happened? Yup.
posted on Dec 31, 2014, 9:20 PM 11
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'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!" ???
posted on Jan 01, 2015, 1:17 AM 7
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Someone needs to pressure Motorola to update the 2013 Moto X. I'm getting freakin tired of waiting.
posted on Dec 31, 2014, 9:41 PM 9
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Come oooon, update Moto X 2013!!!!
posted on Dec 31, 2014, 10:25 PM 1
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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 :)
posted on Dec 31, 2014, 10:53 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 01, 2015, 3:18 AM 3
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Must be a slow day for something like this to be considered news.
posted on Jan 01, 2015, 2:04 AM 0
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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
posted on Jan 01, 2015, 4:39 PM 1
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