The Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 are two of the best mid-range smartphones Samsung has made in the history of its smartphone business, and have been doing pretty well in terms of sales, at least in emerging markets like India. The biggest draw of the two devices, as we noted in our review, is the fast and smooth software, especially when you compare it to how non-flagship phones from the Korean manufacturer have performed in the past.
We had said in our review that the Galaxy E5 and E7 will be updated to Lollipop, which should further improve the software experience, but we were barely going on a hunch at the time. However, we can now confirm that both devices will be updated to Android 5.0, and the update should arrive at any time in the third quarter this year. The third quarter is no doubt a pretty late time frame considering we will have Android M on the horizon in a couple of months, but it’s not entirely surprising considering the Galaxy E series falls in the affordable mid-range category.
Android 5.0 might not boast a huge list of user-facing features, but it’s still a huge update, especially in terms of performance. As far as Android M is concerned, it’s pretty much a guarantee that the Galaxy E5 and E7 won’t be on the list of eligible devices, though Samsung is always welcome to surprise us.