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Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Could Come Sooner than Expected

by Jacob Kleinman | October 21, 2014October 21, 2014 3:00 pm PDT

Android 5.0 Lollipop might be official, but it may still be a while before the update hits your current smartphone. It can take months for a company like Samsung to push out the latest version of Android, but a recent tweet from the South Korean giant suggests it might not take quite as long as expected for the Galaxy Note 4 to get its Lollipop.

Here’s the Twitter post in question, which hints at a potential software update for the Note 4 in the near future:

Such a quick update would definitely be a surprise, but there are a couple of reasons it might make sense, specifically for Samsung and Android 5.0. To start, this is the first time ever that Google released a software preview months ahead of the official Lollipop launch, giving device-makers plenty of time to prepare. Second, we’ve already seen leaked footage of Samsung’s TouchWiz software updated for the latest version of Android, suggesting the company has really done its homework.

Of course, it’s possible we’re taking this tweet entirely the wrong way. Maybe Samsung is saying the Galaxy Note 4 is plenty sweet without Lollipop, suggesting we won’t get the update for a while. That seems unnecessary and a little mean though, and we doubt Samsung would tease its fans on purpose if it didn’t have any news to announce.

We know the first devices slated to receive the update are Google’s own Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and its Google Play Edition devices in the next few weeks. The update may hit the Note 4 soon after, but keep in mind that availability will vary by carrier, particularly in the United States.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...