HTC has officially announced its final list of devices that will receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in the period starting from the end of this year (2015) to early next year (2016). The list included One M8 and M9 and lots of other variants.
Unfortunately, the official list didn't include the HTC One M7 (2013), the first One family flagship. The Taiwanese company decided to Cancel the Marshmallow update to the One M7 as the device's support has ended already.
We would like to remind you that the HTC One M7 and One M7 Dual-SIM variants has already got Android 5.0/5.1 updates with all the security and bug fixes.
Many HTC users are still waiting for their Android 5.0 Lollipop update to reach their device. Sadly, today we got some bad news for the One mini 2 owners. Due to performance related issues HTC has officially Canceled the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the HTC One mini 2.
The News came from HTC's official twitter account responding to user query about the One mini 2 update release date. HTC said that it "Lollipop on the One mini 2 will not provide an optimal experience".
This may be caused by limited hardware capabilities or performance issues as the HTC One mini 2 is powered by Snapdragon 400 and a 1GB LPDDR2 RAM.
@EdoardoBerti We determined that Lollipop on the One mini 2 will not provide an optimal experience; it isn't scheduled to receive the update— HTC (@htc) April 27, 2015
Also, YouMobile is launching a New HTC Official Updates Page to track all Android Lollipop update being released for HTC devices worldwide, we Track the updates so you don't have to, Coming soon on HTC.YouMobile.com
HTC was rumored to release it's first Android Wear Smartwatch, or its first Smart Wearable device. According to the latest reports apparently, the company has decided not to try to compete with LG, Samsung, Motorola and others, and has scrapped its Smartwatch project.
A report published on Friday, suggests that the rising costs of producing the watch was one of the reasons behind HTC's decision to cancel it. In addition, it is believed that the watch being devised by the company lacked any innovation or special design that would allow it to challenge the competition.
The smartwatch market is becoming more and more crowded, with Asus recently joining the group. Right now, there is a heavy air of anticipation as Apple's long awaited iWatch is expected to be unveiled on September 9th. As usual with Apple, the expectations are extremely high. While it is probable that Apple's timepiece will see the light of day this coming Tuesday, the product will probably not be made available to consumers until next year.
Last May, Samsung Denmark announced that the Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) is planned on getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, However, the company didn't put a timeframe or ETA (Estimated time of arrival) for the update and it has reached the "In-development" stage about 3 months ago.
After receiving some reports we reached out for more info regarding the update and... Sadly, we got a confirmation today that the official Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 2 has been Canceled, the decision was made after due to the device has failed to pass the final testing stage that performed before the final release.
Samsung always includes its popular TouchWiz UI on top of every new Android release to all its devices, running both "Lollipop + Touchwiz UI" will cause performance issues and lag which will affect the user experience on daily usage.
This is not the first time that Samsung canceled an update for a flagship device, same thing happened to the Galaxy S3, S4 mini, Ace 4, Tab Active, K zoom and tab 3.
UPDATE September,10th !
In other hands, SamsungDenmark and SamsungMobileUK confirmed the news on their official twitter accounts too, admiting that there won't be any Lollipop updates for the Galaxy Note 2 at all.
@KraljDario1 Hej igen. Det er nu bekræftet, at Note 2 ikke opdateres til Lollipop. Desværre.— Samsung Danmark (@SamsungDK) October 8, 2015
@siyahzambak35 We don't like to be the bearer of bad news but the Note 2 will not be getting Lollipop in the UK. ^CT— Samsung Mobile UK (@SamsungMobileUK) September 22, 2015
@bot_csaba Hej Csaba. Bekræftelsen er kommet, og den lyder desværre på, at Lollipop ikke kommer til Note 2.— Samsung Danmark (@SamsungDK) October 8, 2015
So Far, Samsung has promised to release the Official Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to all its latest flagship devices that were released in he past couple of years, like Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2... What about the good old Galaxy S3 ?
Galaxy S3 Update Canceled!
Well, we have some Bad News for the Galaxy S3 users. Samsung has decided to Cancel Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S3, leaving the old flagship at Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. This decision was made because the device's support has ended as it was released in 2012 (3 years ago).
In other hand, a 1 GB DDR2 Ram and an outdated Exynos 4 CPU is not good enough (in performance prospective) to run Lollipop smoothly which will affect the user experience. We assume that other S3 variants (S3 Neo... etc) won't be getting the update too.
However, Samsung has confirmed that Galaxy Note 2 will get the Lollipop update later this year, known that Note 2 was released just few months after the S3. This doesn't prevent the loyal Galaxy S3 users to enjoy custom Lollipop ROMs for their beloved device.
Samsung has already rolled-out its Official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update to the Galaxy S4 I9500 and some of it variants. We were awaiting for the Galaxy S4 mini I9515 Lollipop update confirmation for more than 2 months now, Today we've got some bad news for all S4 mini users. UK Carrier, Three, has just officially received a confirmation from Samsung that the Android 5.0 Lollipop Update for the Galaxy S4 mini has been Canceled due to Memory Limitation.
@barbs_paul Sorry for the delay in replying Paul. There's no plans for Lollipop for the S4 mini due to memory limitation. >DD— ThreeUKSupport (@ThreeUKSupport) April 24, 2015
YouMobile team reached out to ThreeUKSupport via twitter and they confirmed that non of the S4 mini variants will get the Lollipop update. Just to remind you, the S4 mini packs a 8GB internal memory (only 5 GB available for the user) along with 1.5 GB RAM (Only 768-900MB available for the user).
@YouMobile Hi there. Yes we've received confirmation from Samsung that this is due to a memory limitation with this device...— ThreeUKSupport (@ThreeUKSupport) April 24, 2015
Samsung considered this specifications as "limited" and won't be able to provide a smooth Lollipop experience for the users of the S4 mini. However, Samsung France has already confirmed that Android 5.0 Lollipop update is coming to Galaxy S5 mini variant during the Q2,2015 period (April - May - June). Stay tuned for more Info!
ThreeIreland just announced via its official Twitter (replying to a user query) that its Galaxy S4 mini official Android 5.0 Lollipop update is Approved and on its way, the Carrier explained that its UK firm updates is different from theirs and they have "Approved" the update version they got from Samsung after testing.
@debbiebabes Hi Debbie, good news, that update has been approved and has started to roll out so you should receive it in the coming weeks.— Three Ireland Online (@ThreeCare) April 24, 2015
You can also check the Official Samsung updates Page for the latest Lollipop updates status and Firmwares.
Earlier this year, So Far, Samsung has promised to release the Official Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to all its latest flagship devices... So far the Korean giant updated the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 variants to Lollipop 5.0.2 and preparing for the Lollipop 5.1.1 update.
Sadly, Samsung confirmed that the official Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) and Galaxy S3 Neo (GT-I9300i) has been permanently CANCELED. Both variants will not get any further updates (from 4.3 Jelly Bean - 4.4 KitKat).
@Arqam241 We don’t like to disappoint our customers, but we have had it confirmed that the S3 and S3 Neo will not receive Lollipop.— Samsung UK (@SamsungUK) July 10, 2015
This decision was made because the device's support has ended as it was released in 2012 (3 years ago). In other hand, a 1 GB DDR2 Ram and an outdated Exynos 4 CPU is not good enough (in performance perspective) to run Lollipop smoothly which will affect the user experience.
Samsung has already released the Galaxy Grand Prime Value Edition (SM-G531) which is exactly the same as the original Grand Prime but drops Snapdragon 410 chipset, replacing it with a Marvell PXA1908 Quad-core 64-bit processor (Cortex-A53) CPU and a new Vivante GC7000 GPU, the Value Edition is launching with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and its official firmwares are already available for Download HERE.
However, Today, SamsungUK published some unconfirmed news that the Original Galaxy Grand Prime (SM-G530) will not be getting the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update which runs a Snapdragon 410 CPU with 1GB RAM. There is no official explanation for this, even if the Galaxy Grand Prime is almost the same specs as Galaxy Core Prime.
@emmanuelvandyck We never want to be the bearer of unwanted news, but the Grand Prime will not be moving to the Lollipop Operating System.— Samsung UK (@SamsungUK) July 25, 2015
This news will upset all the Grand Prime owners, We don't take information from tweets but we keep track of all kind of official news regarding Samsung updates. YouMobile will contact Samsung for further confirmation regarding this news, Stay tuned!
After contacting SamsungUK it turns out that this info was a incorrect and it's a mistake made by the social manager due to small confusion. In other hands, none of the UK carriers are officially selling the Samsung Grand Prime (locked or unlocked). However, UK users can still get the unlocked european variant from Amazon UK or any other online retailer.
So to all Galaxy Grand Prime, keep Calm and wait for your Lollipop update, there is still hope.
Samsung Galaxy K zoom is the first smartphone with the first 20.7MP Camera with 10x optical zoom, it's more digital camera than a phone. The K zoom was launched with KitKat 4.4.2 pre-installed and users were waiting for their Lollipop update to arrive. Well, we got some bad news...
We received reports that the Samsung Galaxy K zoom official Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been Canceled due to Limited hardware, the device is running an out-dated Exynos 5 SoC with a 2GB LPDDR2 Ram which won't deliver a smooth experience with Lollipop + TouchWiz UI.
SamsungUK Confirms Reports
@ahmetgngr13 We don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but the Galaxy Zoom will not be receiving the Lollipop update.— Samsung Mobile UK (@SamsungMobileUK) August 2, 2015
In other hand, SamsungUK has also confirmed these reports via its official twitter account, the company tweeted that Galaxy K zoom won't get Lollipop update without mentioning the reason.
Samsung is currently rolling-out its official Android 5.1.1 updates to a wide-range of its devices with lots of new features. Sadly, a device will be left of those updates.
According to SamsungUK, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Lollipop update has been CANCELED and will not be getting any official Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. The company didn't release any info regarding the Note 8.0 Lollipop update before and its firmware hasn't even hit the development status at all.
@jamesnutbeams We don't like to be the bearer of bad news, James, but the Note 8.0 won't be receiving the Lollipop update. ^LC— Samsung UK (@SamsungUK) August 22, 2015
We reached out for the company support team requesting more info regarding this info. Well, it turns out that the Galaxy Note 8.0 will not be able to run Lollipop with TouchWiz smoothly due to limited hardware capabilities which will not deliver an optimal User Experience, according to Samsung. We would like to point out that the Note 8.0 packs a Quad-core Exynos 4412 Cortex-A9 CPU, a Mali-400MP4 GPU along with a 2GB RAM LPDDR2 chip, the device was launched in 2013 with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box then got the Android 4.4 KitKat OTA update later after that.
So, we guess that Samsung has just dropped the support of this device and won't be providing any more official updates for it in the future. We hope the company will reverse its decision regarding this device. Stay tuned and follow the Official Samsung updates page for more info.