It’s just a few weeks and Android O will be here. The question that Samsung Galaxy Note 5 users are obviously asking themselves is that will the phablet receive the OTA update to this OS?
Well, if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 handset, we have some answers for you regarding this Android O OTA update issue. Regardless of whether you’ve just bought the phone or have been using it for a year or more, one thing you need to know is that the Note 5 has been here since August 2015. This means that in a few days’ time, the phablet will be two years old.
If you aren’t familiar with how Android OS updates work, here’s a lesson for you. As per Google, Android phones are entitled to at least two major OS upgrades, however, this works specifically for Google-owned phones such as Nexus and Pixels. As for the rest of the Android family, the manufacturers of the phones have the option to decide whether or not to update a device to a new OS when it’s available.
Samsung, for instance, usually updates its high-end devices to new Android OS versions in the same way as Google. That is, you are guaranteed to receive at least two software updates when you own a device like Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S7, for instance. Given that the Note 5 has been around for close to two years, Samsung has already rolled out two major OS upgrades to the phone.
At the time of release, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 came preinstalled with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and last year, it was updated to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. This year, the phone has already received an update that took it from Marshmallow to the current Android 7.0 Nougat, which makes it the second major OS upgrade.
With this in mind, there are no chances that Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be on the list of devices to be upgraded to Android O when it rolls out in a few weeks’ time. This is because the phone has already gone through two OS cycles, which is what Google recommends. So, unless there is some miracle from South Korea, the only chance of getting Android O OTA on a Galaxy Note device is to buy the new Samsung Galaxy Note FE, which is currently limited to South Korea, or wait for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Alternatively, you might want to get some lessons on how to flash custom ROMs on your Galaxy Note 5 because there will be plenty of them once Google makes the stable version of Android O available.