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.