Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie: Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2, Note 8.0, Note 10.1; Galaxy S2, Note to stop at Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

by: Chris SmithMarch 18, 2013

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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.

Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie

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.


Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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.

Value pack

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.

  • kascollet

    Looks logical.
    KLP seems to require 2GB of RAM. I wonder if the international GS3, which is the only one listed here that has only 1GB, will get the upgrade.

    • It will

    • JoblessGuy2

      I can assure you that it isn’t possible for Android to REQUIRE 2 GB of RAM, and won’t be for a long time. Even the S2 should run it butter smooth.

      • kascollet

        I’m not sure.
        My GS2 just got official Jelly Bean (with Touchwiz) and memory usage is quite high : 100MB more than formerly with ICS. UI is smooth but the phones slows considerably when browsing with many tabs opened (sometimes Chrome also crashes because of that).

        • Ugo Marceau

          I have CM10.1 on my GS2 and it has never been so fast. Even under official ICS I found it slower and more laggy than now. It actually made me stop and think if I needed a new phone. Was hesitant to buy the Nexus 4 and finally didn’t.
          If you want the Jelly bean experience without the slowing down and stuttering of the official vcersion, go with CM10.1.

          • kascollet

            Yes, there are ways to workaround the issue, but I don’t want to root the phone, nor to ditch Touchwiz (I’m used to it and like the bells and whistles :-) ).
            BTW, the topic is all about factory Samsung upgrades.

          • vampyren

            Same here i like touchwiz :)

  • You wrote Galaxy S4 twice

  • Anthony Kelly

    You wrote S4 twice in the list of upgradable devices. Did you mean to day S3 and S4? =)

  • Oh my god, I’m so excited for the Google I/O 2013 ! Really hope that they will introduce a new phone alongside KLP, maybe Nexus or Motorola :)

  • Bone

    It’s okay, other products lasted 2 years in official update and JB will be supported for many years. Nice thing updating every SIV SW feature to the S3 & Note II.

  • Ugo Marceau

    It doesn’t matter, my GS2 will get the KLP flavor through CyanogenMod ;)

  • magnifico17

    the list appears to be well refined on samsung list but certainly not all will be pleased with the layout.the bottom line is clear,if you’re not listed then it means you’re stuck but i believe key lime pie will bring a lot of android goodness to previlleged users.

  • wizfactor

    It looks to me that Samsung is only willing to upgrade its quad-core devices to KLP. I sure hope that was a business decision more than than it was a technical one. Seeing that the Galaxy S2 will not be supported anymore, it makes me worried that the Galaxy Nexus (which I own) might be given the cold treatment for being too old or too “slow” to run KLP. I sure hope that’s not the case come I/O 2013.

  • nishantsirohi123

    just give google now to ICS devices and we are happy

    • agreed, they went to make it for iOS, but not ICS.

  • Aziz Farhi

    Well at least my Note will have 4.2.2 :)
    As for 5.0 .. I’m gonna buy a better phone once this update is released.. probably the next nexus .

  • siva

    does galaxy S-4 mini also supports 5.0 key lime pie???

  • Abhijeet

    which is that app shows in feature image of this post ??

  • Yes. The international version of Samsung Galaxy S3 WILL get the update to KLP. That’s what I read.

  • Toni F

    What about the note 3 how the heck is the hardware in the note3 older then that of the S3, S4 and note 2 this is crazy!

  • guy

    Galaxy S III Mini will likely never get Android 4.2, due to the fact that ST-Ericcson does not exist anymore.

  • Robert Parsons

    So, I have a Samsung note 10.1 and it might get KLP?? Or is that for the Samsung Note 10.1 2014???? There is a difference, and sometimes you folks forget that.