Samsung users could see Android 5.0 updates as early as January. Reuters

Samsung Electronics Co. may be ringing in the New Year with a fresh new system update for its devices. The manufacturer reportedly plans to begin sending out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its devices in January, according to a Reddit user claiming to be a Samsung employee.


The employee shared an email detailing Samsung’s prep plans prior to the January rollout, also adding that the manufacturer plans to send updates out to its 2014 flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5 first followed by the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. After the 2014 smartphones, Samsung should begin sending out the Android 5.0 update to the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4. Then tablets should begin updating, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S reportedly scheduled for a rollout first. The user was unable to share specific rollout dates for the Android 5.0 update.

A handful of Samsung Galaxy S5 handsets have already updated to Android 5.0, in markets such as Korea and Europe, in addition to the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition. Among Galaxy S5 models, international models are expected to update before more local models like those of U.S. carriers.

Though Reddit moderators verified the post as legitimate, the user also notes that these details are not a confirmation that Samsung will actually begin updating devices in January. Various delays and software recalls often hinder manufacturer’s update plans, and the Android 5.0 rollout will likely be no different.

Samsung and local carriers usually announce updates right before they begin hitting devices so anxious users can check Samsung’s support website or carrier’s news release websites for more information on updates. Users can also check their handsets for available updates manually by accessing Settings > More > About Device > Software Update.