We already know that Android 5.0 Lollipop is likely on its way to Samsung’s current lineup of devices soon (in fact, it’s already hitting devices over-the-air in Spain and Poland). But now, thanks to a post on Reddit from a user claiming to be a Samsung employee, we have a tidbit of information that pinpoints January as the month that will begin to happen in more countries around the world.

This information comes by way of an email that was purportedly sent out to stores by Samsung giving employees an idea of how to update devices to Lollipop. Alongside this, the email says that “Beginning in January 2015, Android devices will begin receiving Lollipop OS updates. According to the Redditor himself, the Galaxy S5 is in line to get treatment first, followed by Samsung’s other leading devices, the Note 4 and Note Edge.

I am employed by Samsung, and today they sent out an email to all stores in preparation for the new quarter and the new year. In that email, they said that we need to start preparing our devices for the Lollipop update, and gave instructions on how to prepare.

Unfortunately no dates in this email, however there has been some information that’s slipped through the cracks.

Last I heard, S5’s are getting the most attention for the update and will be the first target for launch, followed by the Note 4 and Edge. After that, they are expecting the Note 3 and S4 to be the next wave, and then after that attention will turn to tablets.

Notably, though this isn’t exactly groundbreaking news, it’s probably a good idea that you not get too excited until we have some kind of official confirmation from the Korean company itself (though the poster has seemingly provided proof of employment to the /r/android mods). It’s only a matter of time before Android 5.0 finally rolls out to your Galaxy handset, and being patient is probably best (though there are leaked builds available if that’s your thing).

Here’s a screenshot of the email:


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