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Android 5.0 Lollipop update roadmap for Samsung devices makes surprising claims

By April Taylor , Dec 24, 2014 07:34 AM EST
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A new Android 5.0 Lollipop update roadmap has surfaced for Samsung devices, revealing that the new OS version is headed to a number of handsets.

Android 5.0 Lollipop made its debut back in mid-October and started its journey to devices in November, with the Nexus and Google Play Edition (GPE) lineups as the first ones to get it.

A number of devices that are not part of the Nexus or the GPE families are slated to get the latest Android version as well, but the rollout is gradual and will take a while to reach wider availability.

Leaked roadmaps have surfaced so far for a number of devices, and now we have some news regarding which Samsung handsets are expected to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop in the near future. The information comes from the Finnish branch of Samsung's website (via GSM Arena), which means it's not just a leak from some questionable source.

The page in question provides a comprehensive table, listing the next update for a number of Samsung smartphones and tablets, including a few older models that were not expected to get an update anytime soon, if at all.

The list, of course, includes the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note 3, but Samsung had already confirmed that it will push Lollipop to these two phablets. More surprisingly, the Galaxy Note 2apparently made the cut as well, despite the fact that it's an older model. Samsung typically supports its devices through two years or two major updates, and the Galaxy Note 2 launched back in September 2012. Android 5.0 Lollipop coming to the Note 2 is quite surprising, but it's good news nonetheless for owners of the device.

The list of Samsung devices set to receive the last major Android version includes the Galaxy S5 Mini as well, but oddly enough, it makes no mention of the flagship Galaxy S5. Other devices listed here include the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and the Galaxy S4.

In other words, this list is a bit surprising to say the least, and if it had surfaced as a leak from any other source it would've surely been dismissed in no time. Considering that it comes from Samsung Finland, however, it's quite intriguing. Unless it all turns out to be a mistake, these update plans will mark a big change in support policy from Samsung's part.

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