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Why is Samsung Delaying Android 5.0 Lollipop Update?
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Why is Samsung Delaying Android 5.0 Lollipop Update?
  • By Jack H. Park
  • November 26, 2014, 04:45
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With Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to Android devices, many people in the industry are wondering why Samsung Electronics hasn't provided the Android 5.0 Lollipop update yet, three weeks after release.

According to industry sources on Nov. 24, after Google released the Android 5.0 Lollipop update on Nov. 4, LG Electronics started to provide the update on Nov. 9, and other Android phone makers are following suit. Sony and Motorola announced their update schedules, expanding models that support the latest Android operating system. However, Samsung has yet to reveal its update schedule.

Samsung reportedly plans to provide updates to some models like the Galaxy Note 4 as early as the last week of November, but consumers are complaining that the company is too slow.

On Oct. 24, the Korean tech giant posted an image on its overseas blog suggesting that the Galaxy S5 will get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

In particular, there was much anticipation that the update will improve product performance, including its support for the 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7 processor. The processor can process data twice as fast as a 32-bit application processor (AP), but currently it is underutilized by Android 4.4 KitKat, since that operating system does not support 64-bit processors. Nevertheless, Samsung hasn't announced anything, which is strange, because Android device manufacturers usually start the optimization work for the latest Android version several months before Google officially distributes the new version.

Samsung phone users are calling for the update through online communities, but they are being met with silence.