When questioned on Twitter
about Lollipop rollout plans for the devices, the company was spurred
into admitting that “we don’t like to give out bad news… but the Note 2
and the Galaxy S3 won’t be receiving the Lollipop update”.
Instead both phones – which are still widely-used – will be left languishing on Android KitKat.
Users looking to upgrade, however, will be gratified to learn that
the Note 3 will be getting the latest OS, although Samsung was unable to
provide an estimated arrival date for the new software.
5.0 is now available on most manufacturers’ flagship devices around the
world, while Google has pushed out a 5.1 update in selected parts of
As a reaction to the delay in getting Android apps to various mobile
devices, Google has announced it wants to cut down the wait time.
According to ComputerWorld,
a new development program from Intel – Reference Design for Android –
will ensure tablets and smartphones will start to recieve new updates
and features within two weeks.
Devices made as part of the program will use a designated blueprint,
and the consistency of hardware among Android phones and tablets will
make delivering updates much easier.
The Nexus 9 tablet and the Nexus 6 smartphone were
the first devices to ship with the software out-of-the-box, and popular
handsets such as the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 are now receiving the