The Galaxy S4 has been announced to launch with the latest Android version on board, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but it won’t be running Google’s latest mobile OS version in only a few months, if certain reports are correct.
The Search giant is rumored to announce Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie at Google I/O 2013 in mid-May alongside an X Phone that will run KLP out of the box. Then the waiting will begin for timely KLP updates especially for high-end Android handsets.
So, which Samsung devices will go to Android 5.0? Sam Mobile seems to have more information on Samsung’s OS upgrade plans, from an insider close to the matter.
According to this “first pre-list about upcoming Android updates” for Galaxy phones only five Samsung devices from the company’s current lineup will get KLP including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Note 10.1. Naturally, the list doesn't include Samsung Nexus devices or upcoming products that could launch with KLP on board.
That’s definitely good, but unconfirmed, news for anybody planning to buy, or already owning one of these devices. However, it looks like Samsung won’t be able to offer timely updates to these devices and that it will take its time with releasing KLP ROMs:
The insider confirmed Google’s next version is expected to be a big update and Samsung will take some time to update their devices.
Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note owners will stop at Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, at least officially, because unofficially they may be able to go to KLP too – keep in mind that we still have no idea what KLP will have to offer and whether it will be compatible with such “old” hardware.
In addition to these two famous models, other Galaxies are said to stop receiving updates at Android 4.2.2, even handsets that have been launched more recently, including the Galaxy Grand, Grand Duos, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy Express, Galaxy Premier, Galaxy S2 Plus, Galaxy Young, Galaxy Young Duos, Galaxy Fame and Galaxy X Cover 2.
The same insider revealed that “plenty of mid-range Android devices of 2012/2013 will also receive a value pack update,” although it’s way too early to tell you what that update will include, so we’ll just have to keep following the rumor mill until Samsung announces anything official.
At the end of the day, all of this is unconfirmed news for now, and while plenty of it is definitely plausible considering the timeliness of OS updates in the Android ecosystem, so don’t get too excited/annoyed (depending on what Samsung device you’re currently holding) at hearing about this unofficial Samsung upgrade schedule.