If the headline of an article ends in a question mark then the answer usually is no. Ewan Spence on how Google’s Lollipop version of Android might save a few of Samsung’s moribund Galaxy smartphones.
Lollipop is an important stepping stone for Android, as it makes the jump to 64-bit computing while retaining compatibility with 32-bit hardware. Preparing the lower levels of code to accept code higher up the stack that will run on the various hardware configurations is key. Lollipop running on existing hardware allows that hardware to stay relevant for longer, and of course that means that users of current smartphones (like the Galaxy S5) will not be left behind. Converting existing users to buy another Samsung device is a key marketing strategy for the South Korean company.
It’s interesting to note that Samsung began the rollout of Android Lollipop in Poland (ostensibly, so nobody would notice if there were deal breaker problems). Also, Lollipop penetration has yet to top 2-percent of all Android smartphones while iOS 8, released about the same time, is pushing 75-percent adoption among iPhone and iPad users.