The latest update to Google’s homegrown Android Operating System labeled as Lollipop is a rare thing at present. However, soon almost all mid- to upper-end Samsung phones will be seen touting Android 5.0 Lollipop on their screens, as indicated by a leaked update schedule.
The update schedule which was leaked indicates that Samsung phablets and smartphones will get an update to Android 5.0. Most notable among those are Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, Note 3, Galaxy S5 and S4. The Galaxy Note Series was a shoe-in contender to receive an update owing to its stellar hardware, but it is surprising to see the older generation S4 getting the Lollipop treatment. For the record, Samsung hasn’t officially announced its Android 5.0 Lollipop update schedule, and continues to state that their phones will be updated when the next iteration is customized for the Samsung-specific software.
The Galaxy Note series is certainly a tricky handset and complex ecosystem that may benefit from the revamped Android 5.0, but owing to the Samsung specific customizations to the Note, it must have been quite an uphill task to offer the update so early.
Google claims that Android 5.0 Lollipop is the most significant update to the Android Operating System since the company shipped Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in 2011. What Android ICS did was unite the ecosystem of Android smartphones with that of tablets. But Android 5.0 Lollipop has taken the next evolutionary step ahead.
Adopting the Material Design UI, Lollipop is certainly expected to enhance the appeal of Galaxy Note series of phablets. The Galaxy Note series are one of the largest phone-cum-tablet devices that Samsung makes. Hence the layered flat interface that Google describes as a take on stacks of paper that would certainly increase the depth perception the Android 5.0 claims to offer.
Interestingly, Samsung recently hinted that Android 5.0 Lollipop would be making its way to the new flagship Galaxy Note 4 phablet.
— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) October 21, 2014
However, the tweet merely implied that Note 4 will likely be the first to get Lollipop. Industry insiders are hopeful that the Lollipop 5.0 will start trickling down as an Over The Air (OTA) update to a wide variety of phones before this year is out, reported Tech Times.
Nonetheless, people the world over are eagerly awaiting the unconventional Galaxy Note Edge phablet that redefines the core design and usability of an Android-based phone. It will certainly be interesting to see how an operating system that tries to mimic stacks of paper would look on a phone where an edge doubles up as a display.
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