Rumors: Galaxy S5 Marshmallow Update May be Skipped to Android N

Samsung Galaxy S5

As Samsung Galaxy S6 series devices continue receiving the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, there are reports that the older Galaxy S5 might not be getting this 2015 Android OS.

Instead, word on the street has it that the Galaxy S5 Marshmallow update will be skipped in favor of the upcoming Android N. The rumor further adds other smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 5, Note Edge and the S6 Duos to this list of devices to skip this current OS.

Samsung has on many occasions been accused of rolling out late updates for its devices with respect to the operating system. This has been the case this year, with the Galaxy S6 series’ Marshmallow update being the main release for the company as of now. However, the current Android M update for Galaxy S6 series devices is only available in Korea and few other markets, but it has yet to reach the entire globe.

Android N coming in May

Google is expected to hold its annual developer conference starting May 18. The company has used other Google I/O conferences to announce its latest Android software. This is the same case expected this year. However, the search engine giant has pulled off a surprise stunt by pushing out the Android N developer preview version earlier than usual, months before the main event comes around.

As a result, there quite a number of tech pundits that believe Samsung might take this opportunity to jump to the new OS while at the same time skipping the expected Marshmallow update. While this might not affect the entire list of the latest Galaxy devices, the experts believe that Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 5 will not miss on this list of Android N update.

Galaxy S5

The currently released Android N developer preview version brings quite a number of additions that better off what Marshmallow comes with. Split-screen multitasking is finally coming to Android N and so is the quick reply feature that lets users respond to notifications right from the notification panel. Other expected features include bundled notifications as well as improved support for Java 8 language.

Since Google usually announces a new OS together with an in-house device that runs on the same OS, either a Nexus smartphone or tablet, the same is also expected this time round. However, there is no word of what device the company is working on.

With Google working to quickly unveil the new OS, there are chances that Samsung might decide to halt the expected Marshmallow update for Galaxy S5, Note 5, Note 4, S6 Duos and several others.

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