Galaxy S III And Note II To Receive Android 5.0 Update, S II and Original Note Retiring After 4.2.2 Update
Despite the release of the Galaxy S4 last week, many Android users are looking at which further software upgrades will be available for their devices, especially amid rumors of an upcoming major Android refresh, Android 5.0. According to a credible report, it seems like the Galaxy S III, along with the Galaxy Note II and a whole range of Samsung devices unveiled over the last year, will receive the upgrade once it becomes available.
More specifically, the Galaxy S III and the just-released Galaxy S4, both 3G-only and LTE versions, are expected to receive the update. As for tablets, not only both 3G and LTE editions of the Galaxy Note II will be eligible for Android 5.0, but also all editions of the Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Note 10.1. Most devices that have been released over the last year will be fully supported, according to this source.
On the other hand, older phones are said to be on their way out. If the contents of this report do indeed come to fruition, older devices such as the popular Galaxy S II and the original Galaxy Note will be dropped, along with many older members of Samsung’s Galaxy product line, namely the Galaxy Grand, Galaxy Grand DUOS, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Express, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy S II Plus, Galaxy Premier, Galaxy Young, Galaxy Young DUOS, Galaxy Fame and Galaxy X Cover. Users of these devices will not be able to upgrade through official means, although there is no telling whether unofficial upgrades will be available.
Android 5.0, codenamed Key Lime Pie, is reportedly the next major release of Google’s mobile operating system. While the Mountain View company has been unsurprisingly silent about the upcoming release, small snippets have made their way onto the Internet, in the form of reports and small nuggets of information pertaining to the release. Additional integration with social networks is expected, along with an improved keyboard, a video chat app and enhanced integration for those who own multiple Android devices.
Android 5.0 is expected to be announced at Google I/O, the developer conference that will take place this coming May. A final, consumer-ready release should be available to the public several months later, although it is up to each manufacturer to roll the update out to individual phone models.