Galaxy S5 and Note 4 reportedly getting Android L in late November or early December

by: Andrew GrushSeptember 18, 2014

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Historically Samsung hasn’t exactly been lighting fast with updates, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that its devices don’t just run stock Android, they run Android with TouchWiz on top. Preparing and testing a custom build like this takes extra time, or so that’s usually the given excuse.

With Android L, Google released a developer preview months ahead of the expected final release and many believed this could be the beginning of changes that could see OEMs push out updates quicker. For those curious when Samsung might roll out Android L to its 2014 flagships (Galaxy S5 and Note 4), a new report from SamMobile claims it could be coming towards the end of November or early December.

Most of the rumors suggest that the final build of Android L should debut sometime in early October, likely alongside the HTC Nexus 9, and so that makes Samsung’s supposed timeframe reasonably speedy — if it’s accurate. SamMobile says that the news comes from their “insiders” but even if this timeline is legit, delays happen and this could simply be when unlocked versions will see the update with carriers getting it much later.

Either way, we’d say there’s a good chance that at least the Note 4 and Galaxy S5 will see Android L this year, but we wouldn’t get our hopes up just yet.

  • monkey god

    If Nexus 9 comes out in October ,then is it safe to assume that Android L will come shortly after for the Nexus 5 ?

    • Phil Rigby

      I’d think it would be virtually the same time. Can’t wait to see the fully-finished Android L.

    • MasterMuffin

      Factory images within a week I’d say

  • AbbyZFresh

    And the fragmentation continues. Samsung will never learn with these slow updates.

    • monkey god

      1-2 months is slow? Seems fast by Samsung standards.

    • Roberto Tomás

      lol :)

    • Keepie Uppie

      Agree. They are slow overall. I’m not talking about the latest flagships. The generation before that are not that old that they deserve to be put back for a long period.

    • Jayfeather787

      1-2 months is not bad in terms of any manufacturer really. Motorola is usually first after Nexus, and then it is usually HTC. Samsung follows suit many months later. This is different, and so I think this is pretty good. Instead of bashing Samsung, thank them for improving the update time.

    • Sunny

      Gtfo Apple asskisser

  • dandroid13

    They took 3 months last year with KK for the GS4, so they’re getting faster, that’s cool.

  • MasterMuffin

    That’s pretty good, I wonder how long it’ll take for S4 to get it and if ‘murican S3 versions are ever going to get it

    “lighting fast” :)

    • Anonymousfella

      Can’t say about about ‘murican S3s…
      GS4 and Note 3(both variants) should get by January or Feb.

      • jokky

        so it’s the end for the note 2?
        now only through asop?

        • MasterMuffin

          *aosp :P

          • jokky

            fixed thx.

        • Anonymousfella

          Looks like that for now. No word from Samsung yet. Plus the standard “2 year updates” period is over; the Note 4 is here. So they are expecting you to upgrade!

          • jokky

            I can understand that but still the note 2 is a beast! I mean it’s still very fast and it has 2gb of ram!!!!

    • AndroidBoss

      We didn’t get it for Nexus… When the hell we getting it lol. Hopefully by end of month/next month.

      • MasterMuffin

        L will come to Nexus when it’s released, probably 15th or 16th of October

        • AndroidBoss

          Yeah really excited for it.

  • Roberto Tomás

    I hope the Exynos versions will get an AArch64-version of L

  • Neel

    I got rid of my galaxy for a nexus 5 then Oneplus One. Samsung time and time again stalls and delays the release of new software OTAs

    • Keepie Uppie

      What do you think of the OnePlus One? I’m waiting to see what the next Nexus is like before deciding on it. It’ll probably be that or the OnePlus One.

      • Neel

        I love it. Retired my Nexus 5 for it which is hard to believe eh? Camera is great, screen is just as great. Very fast and never lags. I experience maybe a crash or two daily of a random app, which requires a reboot (reboot is like 15 seconds so not complaining)

        • Keepie Uppie

          Sounds great. Thanks.

  • yungqb7

    Hmm… I need the gs4 gpe to get android L and hopefully the developers over at xda can port that over to my verizon gs4

  • csharpner

    I wouldn’t expect it until March 2015.

  • Keepie Uppie

    I doubt Note 2 will get the update even though it could easily handle it. KitKat took sooo long. I think Samsung likes its customers to have their device for only 2 years before they upgrade. In the second year they makes it torturous for people that are waiting for updates. Note 2, S3 and S4 are still very powerful and capable. They should all really be getting a timely update. Note 3 should get it at the same time as S5 and Note 4 but they won’t let that to happen. Remember, they test your patience.

    • asd

      sucks the note 2 deserves it and they should update touchwiz the way sense update their look and give it across the S/NOTE Line

  • Jayfeather787

    Wow. Nicely done Samsung. As much as I hate on Touchwiz, I gotta say, it sure is improving.

  • thartist

    Note 3.

  • crutchcorn

    Good. Now don’t mess this up. DON’T MESS THIS UP

  • GeeksEmpire

    guys do u have any confirmation on 32bit exynos on Note4?
    i wanna know if its camera is isocell or not?

  • Jaleel-Offneal Oz

    Large improvement guys…Can’t wait to get my hands on that Note 4, which will evidently be my first ever Android and the first Samsung

  • KUSH

    So that means us folks with Verizon won’t see it until Summer 2015. and no I’m not kidding

  • noname

    Keep dreaming… still waiting for 4.4.4 on gs5 …. samsung will not update …. they want you to buy a new phone for thaf

  • Kasi Viswanathan

    great look forward