In mid-January an apparently official build of Android 5.0.1 appeared for the Galaxy S4 in a Chinese forum which was promptly snapped up and shipped out by XDA Developers. That build wasn't final and some interface elements were either missing or stuck in Chinese, but if there's an almost-there Lollipop build floating around in the wild, that means the real deal can't be far away. Despite rumors pointing to the end of January as the rollout date for Lollipop on the Galaxy S4, it's now looking like a February start is more likely.
Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update
Update: While some rumors had pointed to an ''imminent'' Lollipop update for the Galaxy S4 by the end of January, it's looking more likely that Samsung will take its time and leisurely roll the 5.0.1 update out for the Galaxy S4 sometime in February, skipping straight over the initial Android 5.0 build.
Considering we have an official Samsung site in Finland clearly stating the Galaxy S4 will get the update following the S5, Note 4 and Note 3, until we see the update on the newer devices we can't really expect it to make it to the S4. Still, we're seeing very close-to-finished builds in China and Sam Mobile has had a wobbly Lollipop build for the Galaxy S4 for forever, so there can't be much tinkering left to do. Here's the Finnish Samsung text, translated:
First up is the Samsung Galaxy S5. It is followed by the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4. Later, in 2015, the Galaxy Note Edge, Active Galaxy S5, S5 Galaxy Mini, Galaxy Alpha and the Galaxy Note 2 will be updated Lollipop Android 5.0 operating system. Updates will depend on the exact dates for commencement of the model, country and operator.
We're expecting Android 5.0 to arrive for the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S4 first, sometime in early 2015 (as confirmed by Samsung in December). Of course, carriers will slow things down a little along with the usual regional delays and the update batching process adding some time to the process too. The Snapdragon version will follow soon after, but even if we had a firm date, there would still be uncertain month-long window to see it officially arrive OTA.
A Finnish Samsung site confirms that the update will be coming to the Galaxy S4, however there is no news as to when this will be happening. SamMobile has already got its hands on an early test version of Android Lollipop on the Galaxy S4, complete with refreshed TouchWiz UI, which you can check it out in the video below.
Android 5.0 Lollipop has already arrived to the Google Play edition of the Galaxy S4. Though we have previously seen the HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8) and Moto G (2013) Google Play editions receive Lollipop, the Galaxy S4 will not be following suit and jumping straight to Android 5.0.1.
The update is arriving over-the-air, meaning you should be able to check your phone's update page to download it (if you have not already been prompted by a notification). We still don't know how long it will take before Lollipop arrives on the standard Galaxy S4 models, but as it as already hit the Galaxy S5, the S4 update can't be far off.
Install Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy S4 manually
You can install an early build of Google's latest operating system on the Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) variant, if you so wish. Once again the XDA Developers forum has provided us with an unofficial Lollipop build based on CyanogenMod 12, and for an early community version it is, by all accounts, pretty full-featured and stable. Known issues include some (not uncommon) trouble with NFC, and micro SD card problems. Apart from that, everything else seems to be running pretty smoothly. If you're feeling up to it, head over to the S4 ROM thread at the XDA Developers forum.
Find out the latest news on Android 4.4.4 for the Galaxy S4 below the break.
Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update
This update will also bring some other goodies such as ''Wi-Fi calling enhancements“ to your Galaxy S4 (build M919UVUFNH7), and can be downloaded over-the-air directly or by using the Samsung Kies PC software (with your device hooked up to your computer).
To download the update, make sure you have an unrooted device with more than 50% battery life and at least 403 MB of storage space available.
What version of Android is you Galaxy S4 running?