Android L is a real thing, in the sense that it’s been detailed by Google, and the release is expected to fall next month at some point, accompanied by some tasty new Nexus hardware.
Eager beavers are already starting to question when their devices will be updated, and for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5, the answer could be as early as late November.
It’s the age-old problem with Android. Manufacturers like Samsung feel obliged to tailor the OS with bloat – sorry, various unique bells and whistles – in order to stand out from their rivals, but in doing so, they make it more difficult to embrace the next big version.
Take Motorola, for example. The near-stock experience on the Moto X and Moto G means those phones will likely be near the head of the queue – probably right behind the Nexus guys.
Samsung typically hasn’t been great in terms of turnaround, but sources of SamMobile – their “insiders” – reckon the South Koreans could have Android L on the Galaxy S5 and Note 4 by late November or early December, which wouldn’t be too bad – certainly quicker than KitKat for the S4 and Note 3.
Incidentally, there’s no mention of Android L for those 2013 devices, but considering the Galaxy S3 didn’t get KitKat at all, owners of the Galaxy S4 probably shouldn’t hold their breath.