With the looming release of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 coupled with the re-launch of the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7, very few are giving attention to the 2015 Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
The phone has been the only available S Pen handset from Samsung since last year’s premature termination of the Galaxy Note 7. We know what happened to the latter and following the order from Samsung that no outlet is to continue selling the phone, it meant that the only option that Galaxy Note fans have had since then has been the Galaxy Note 5.
In short, the phone has been a loyal servant to many Sammy fans since its launch in August 2015, but as we all know, everything that has a beginning must always have an end. As far as Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is concerned, the last days are fast approaching for the once great handset, especially when it comes to the software updates’ aspect.
When the Galaxy Note 5 was released, it came preinstalled with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, just like many other Samsung phones released in 2015. Following the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow later the same year, the South Korean tech giant rolled out an update for the phablet, making it its first major OS upgrade since its release.
Last year, Google released the current Android 7.0 Nougat and as expected, the phablet was also part of the devices that led the way in terms of receiving the Nougat treat. It all started back in March, with Europe the first region to receive the OTA update. Up to now, all variants of Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in all markets, including the locked variants, have already been updated to the latest Android Nougat OS.
With this update to Nougat, it means that the Galaxy Note 5 has now received two major Android OS upgrades. By now, you probably know where this is going, especially if you are a little familiar with how Google handles major software updates with respect to the likes of Nexus and Pixel devices. Usually, the search engine giant rolls out two major OS upgrades to its devices and lately, it appears that Samsung follows the same structure when it comes to updating its high-end devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is among these high-end devices from the Korean tech giant and with this in mind, it means that the latest upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat is basically the second and last major OS upgrade the device will be receiving. This is without a doubt not the best news that Galaxy Note 5 users are looking forward to, but it’s going to happen no matter what your wishes are.
It’s already happening with the 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 4, a phone that many still see as the last true Galaxy Note thanks to its removable battery unit. It came preinstalled with Android KitKat and up to now, it has already received two major OS upgrades in the shape of Android Lollipop and Android Marshmallow. Even though Android Nougat was released just before the Note 4 clocked two years old, Samsung is still not rolling out any update to this phone based on the argument that it has already gone through two major upgrade cycles.
This is the same case as the 2015 Samsung Galaxy Note 5, where the phone has already received two major OS upgrades as at the time of this writing. This means that even if it happens that Android O is released before the phone actually clocks two years old, there is still no chance that it would be part of the devices that Samsung will be upgrading to the Nougat successor.
So, if you own a Galaxy Note 5 and you really want to get Android O, the only option would be to learn a few tricks about flashing custom ROMs. Otherwise, you will be forced to stay on Nougat or get the refurbished Note 7, which has yet to leave the South Korean market. Alternatively, you can also get ready to buy the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that is guaranteed to receive the update to O as well as next year’s Android P, but you will have to shell out close to $1000 in order to get your hands on this beauty.
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