In a move that could dishearten Samsung loyalists, especially owners of the older Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 smartphones, Samsung has said it would not be seeding the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) firmware update for users in the UK.
The announcement confirms previous reports that had hinted at Samsung overlooking users of the older Galaxy Note 2 for Android Lollipop updates, leaving them on the previous KitKat version. The South Korean technology giant officially tweeted on the subject.
Samsung's Galaxy S3 runs the outdated Android Ice-Cream Sandwich, which was then upgraded to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat). Galaxy Note 2 smartphones ran Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) out of the box before receiving an update to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat).
However, Galaxy Note 2/Galaxy S3 users in countries such as Denmark and Poland are still in line to receive the official Android 5.0 (Lollipop) build.
Custom ROMs to the rescue
With Samsung UK having made up its mind not to roll out Android 5.0 officially, users of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 could still update their handsets with third-party custom ROMS that promise the Lollipop experience.
Currently, users of Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) can update to Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop) using the Resurrection Remix ROM.
Galaxy S3 users can try the Android 5.0 Lollipop AOSP build created by a known XDA developer.
IBTimes UK reminds readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after the ROM installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.