Android's latest operating system update, Android M, which was recently revealed at Google I/O, has gotten everyone excited over the new OS. Now, an official list of devices so far confirmed to be receiving Android M updates by the end of 2015 has been announced.
The list includes both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4, Samsung's latest flagship smartphone and phablet, respectively.
Since the announcement of Android M's release and features, smartphone owners have been wondering if and when they will receive it. Now, the official list of Samsung devices set to be updated to Android M by the end of this year has been revealed.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Duos, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 4 Duos, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha and Samsung Galaxy Tab A will all receive their Android M update by the end of 2015. Note that this is a list of the devices confirmed to receive the Android M update so far, and is not complete. It is expected that additional handsets and tablets will be added to the list in the coming months.
The most glaring omission from the list so far is the Samsung Galaxy S5 and its related variants. The three smartphone series which are already confirmed to receive Android M by the end of 2015 have all been released by Samsung within the past year. The Samsung Galaxy S6 , S6 Edge and dual-SIM card capable S6 Duos were all released this April, and all ran Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. The Galaxy Note 4 and its variants, which include the Galaxy Note Edge, were released last September, as was the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. The Galaxy S5 was released in April 2014, so it appears Samsung is working backwards according to release date in preparing its current Android M smartphone update release schedule.
As Android M is expected to be officially released sometime in Q3 2015, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which is expected to be announced in September at IFA, reportedly will not feature the brand new OS out of the box due to the timing of the software release being too close to the release date of the new Note 5, which Samsung will need to test before it provides an official Android software update for its next-generation phablet.