Samsung Galaxy S5 could get Android 5.0 Lollipop in December

Android L running on the Galaxy S5. Video: SamMobile

Lollipop running on the Galaxy S5. Video: SamMobile

Samsung could be rolling out its first Android 5.0 Lollipop updates by December, say sources familiar with the company’s plans — and the flagship Galaxy S5 will be the first to get one. The release will feature a revamped TouchWiz interface that will better suit Google’s new Material Design guidelines.

“We had already said that the Galaxy S5 would be receiving the Lollipop update sometime in late November or early December, and now we have new info from our sources that says the Android 5.0 update will go live for the Galaxy S5 in December,” SamMobile reports.

The site’s sources have been incredibly reliable in the past, but SamMobile notes that a specific timeframe was not provided for the release, and that it could take a month for the update to roll out to all users in all markets. But it seems Samsung is certainly working hard to try to make Lollipop available to Galaxy S5 users before the end of the year.

We’ve already seen an early Android 5.0 release for the Galaxy S5, and although it doesn’t look vastly different at first glance, Samsung has made a whole host of design changes to its apps and TouchWiz UI to make them a better fit for Lollipop’s new Material Design guidelines. Apps like Phone, Messages, Memo, and Clock have all been revamped.

It’s not just a new lick of paint that you have to look forward to; Samsung is also building a bunch of new features into its Lollipop releases. In addition to Lollipop’s new lock screen notifications, you can expect to see the ability to have multiple user profiles on smartphones, support for 64-bit processors, and lots more.

While we can’t be sure what Samsung’s Lollipop plans are going into 2015, it’s likely the company will address its biggest and most recent devices first. Those with devices like the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note 3, and the Galaxy Note Edge shouldn’t have to wait too long for theirs, then.