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Galaxy S4 Android 5.1 Lollipop update news

Update: Android 5.1 appears

Authored by: Mary Mod — 2 days ago

The Galaxy S4 has the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update in a number of territories, with most carriers having already pushed out the new software over-the-air (OTA). While T-Mobile users in the US are still awaiting Android 5.0, the Android 5.1 update is already making headlines. Find out all of the latest Galaxy S4 update news below. 

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Android 5.1 appears

Update: Android 5.1 Lollipop has appeared for the Galaxy S4, albeit in the form of a custom ROM on XDA Developers. The popular Resurrection Remix ROM has just been released for the international Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) and is based on the latest Android 5.1.1 builds. Alongside the usual Android 5.1.1 updates, the ROM also brings some gesture controls, LED density changer and theme chooser.

The official Galaxy S4 Android 5.1 update is a little less clear cut. Some publications are claiming insiders have confirmed that the Galaxy S4 will get the Android 5.1 update, even though the S4 Mini failed to be approved. So, will the Galaxy S4 get an official Android 5.1 update?

Yes, if you believe Sam Mobile, who are claiming that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S4 is indeed in the works, although only for the Google Play edition version. Other sources claim the standard Galaxy S4 will be getting the update soon as well.

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The Galaxy S4 might soon have Android 5.1. / © ANDROIDPIT

Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update in the US

Verizon Galaxy S4 Android update

Verizon has updated its Galaxy S4 support page to announce the arrival of Android 5.0. The three-page document outlines the changes that the updated software (version LRX22C.I545VRUGOC1) will bring to the device, including Material Design, lock screen notifications and the new recent apps menu. 

The update is unlikely to land on all devices at once, but keep checking your software update page over the coming days to see when it's available on your device. 

AT&T Galaxy S4 Android update

The AT&T Galaxy S4 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update began rolling out on April 7 via an OTA update. The exact date when you will receive the update depends on the batching process and your particular region.

To check for the update, go to Settings > About Device > Software Update > Check for Updates. If you experience any problems with the AT&T Galaxy S4 update, visit our guide on how to fix Galaxy S4 Lollipop problems.

Sprint Galaxy S4 Android update

Sprint has released the Lollipop update for its branded Galaxy S4 Spark LTE devices (you should be able to download this now), but the roll-out schedule for its standard Galaxy S4 (SPH-L720) is still unknown. 

T-Mobile Galaxy S4 Android update

The T-Mobile Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update has not been released yet. As soon as the T-Mobile Galaxy S4 update is available we'll update this article.

Galaxy S4 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update in Europe

Android 5.0.1 Lollipop has been rolling out across Europe and can currently be found in the United Kingdom, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Czech Republic, Spain, Poland, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, the Baltic, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India.

Galaxy S4 Android M update

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Android M update is not yet available. Android M is expected to launch globally in Q3, 2015. We will let you know when we learn more.

Install Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on the Galaxy S4 manually

As the international Galaxy S4 firmware has already made its way online, you can get Android 5.0.1 on the Galaxy S4 right now by following our install tutorial below.​

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You can get Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on the Galaxy S4 right now.© ANDROIDPIT

How to update Galaxy S4 to Android 5.0.1 with Kies

The easiest way to install the update is by using Samsung Kies. Just download the latest version of Samsung Kies on your computer and connect your Galaxy S4 with a USB cable. Kies should notify you that there is an update available. Simply follow the steps. If Kies doesn't let you update the Android 5.0.1 firmware, you can flash it manually using Odin. Here's how to do that.

How to install Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on Galaxy S4 with Odin

Note: the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop firmware, build number I9500XXUHOA7, is official Samsung firmware for the Galaxy S4, GT-I9500. While it is Russian firmware it will also work on any international S4. Attempting to flash this firmware on carrier-branded S4's may cause problems so we don't advise it. As always, manually tinkering with your device has risks involved. Please be aware of them before proceeding.

Prerequisites

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This is Odin v3.09: see the ID:COM and AP boxes. © AndroidPIT

Install Lollipop on Galaxy S4 instructions

1. Unzip the downloaded firmware zip file on your computer.

2. Launch Odin.

3. Reboot your Galaxy S4 in download mode (Volume Down + Power + Home button).

4. Connect your Galaxy S4 via USB cable to your computer and wait for Odin to recognize it (a blue box should appear next to ID:COM).

5. Make sure only Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time are checked in Odin.

6. Make sure Re-Partition IS NOT CHECKED.

7. Click the AP button and locate the tar.md5 file in the unzipped firmware file and hit Start.

8. Wait patiently until the procedure ends and do not disconnect your S4. It may take a while.

9. You should see a green PASS message when successful.

10. Once your Galaxy S4 restarts, you should be running Android 5.0.1 Lollipop!

Restore any backed up data and if you get stuck in a bootloop or encounter some buggy behavior, reboot your S4 in Fastboot (press and hold Volume up + Power + Home) and use the volume keys to navigate and Power button to access Recovery Mode. You wan to clear cache partition and then reboot.

If you have any major bugs at startup, do a factory reset on your Galaxy S4 from Recovery Mode and then restore your data again.

What version of Android is your Galaxy S4 running? 

Mary has worked as a content manager and has experience in working with ad serving for many highly respected websites. She is now the Market Analyst for AndroidPIT.com. She made the switch from iPhone to Android and does not plan on ever going back.

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  • Douglas Nolan 17 hours ago Link to comment

    Dale McArty, install the Cyanogenmod installer on your PC, and sideload the app to your phone. (To sideload an app, enable Developer Options.. 6-7 taps on build number in About Phone) Google the Cyanogenmod installer app for phone, and install. Run the PC app, and phone app, plug in phone to PC, and follow instructions. The program will install cyanogenmod kitkat on your phone. ClockworkMod recovery will also be installed. Then download latest CM12. 1 build for your phone, and flash through ClockworkMod.. Hope this helps...

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  • Mercedes McVey 23 hours ago Link to comment

    Seriously it fixed everything I've ever had a problem with on my phone. My phone is superb now..clean and faster. I have a Galaxy S 4.

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  • Mercedes McVey 23 hours ago Link to comment

    Omg..it's so much better. I'm not able to tell you how to update it. I did it myself and it seemed easy..I tried to do it on my husbands phone and it didn't work for some reason, but he has so many apps and security on his phone. Its just set up differently. It sounds crazy but I did it without thinking when I was sick in bed one day and dont remember exactly what I did.

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  • con tacto 1 day ago Link to comment

    Hi, I'm from Mexico, I had a lot of trouble with the installation, and after I read all the comments I definitely won't upgrade. I wait to buy the S6

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    • Mercedes McVey 23 hours ago Link to comment

      You really can't go by the comments. Everyone has a different phone and they are not all going to be set up or formatted the same. I believe that they are having problems with it but not necessarily Lollipop to blame..

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  • Dale McCarty 1 day ago Link to comment

    Still trying to figure things out yet. Is there a lollipop 5.1 app to download or what do you have to do to update from kitkat4.4.2 to lollipop 5.1? I've seen a lot of people having problems with the new update of 5.1, so is it better than what I have now or not?

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    • Mercedes McVey 23 hours ago Link to comment

      Not an app I dont think,,but a link you can follow from an app..will have to look up the name of it.

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  • Ben blackburn 1 day ago Link to comment

    I've been using the Samsung Galaxy s5 alpha for the past few months and much to my discouragement it still hasn't gotten the lollipop update not sure if Samsung just threw this phone on a back burner or what but it'd be nice to get a software update

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  • Douglas Nolan 1 day ago Link to comment

    My i9505 is running CM12.1, Android 5.1.1,nightlies, is silky smooth, and I totally recommend it. Forget official updates people.. get your phone rooted and run a custom ROM..!!! BTW, as a further encouragement to root, battery life is very very good. I realise that warranties become void, but is definitely worth the risk..!!!

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    • Dale McCarty 1 day ago Link to comment

      How do you go by doing that? All this stuff is new to me! I have sch1545, I think it's the same thing as yours i9505 , I'm kinda dumb when it comes to this stuff lol. You care to fill me in on these new updates and rooting please? I would greatly appreciate it!

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  • Mercedes McVey 2 days ago Link to comment

    I love love love it. Amazing improvements..really cleaned up my phone. Galaxy S4

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  • Ruth Long 2 days ago Link to comment

    I hate this update and want to uninstall. Please instruct how this is done. My apps keeping shutting down when I am in them randomly and I can no longer see if I have messages without signing in. Ridiculous! I really don't care about the cosmetic but when it affects my phone function, I have a serious problem. This needs to be fixed ASAP.

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    • Mercedes McVey 23 hours ago Link to comment

      It sounds like its just a matter of going into your settings and making sure they are set the way you want after the reboot..you may need to do this. Or try save password and remember sign in again. It may have gone back to default sttings when you got a new system.? Its not really about the look of the phone, but that they fixed the quirks.

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  • Elissa L 3 days ago Link to comment

    Update is awful! I hate the color palette, everything is an ugly shade of orange, I liked the clean, black look. Also this update is full of glitches, my phone turns off randomly throughout the day, it is obnoxious. Half the times it will reboot itself but others, the only way to turn it on again is to remove the battery. My battery used to last all day long, now it seems to die twice as fast. I moved away from iPhone for the battery life, clean and customizable face of the phone and reliability of the phone. This update works terribly, and its ugly, I'd like to have the old version back!

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  • Mary Thomas 5 days ago Link to comment

    Hate this update! My phone has frozen, not sent or received text messages, no able to make outgoing calls at times. Battery losing power much quicker! Now getting phishing (pornographic) texts. Something needs to be done! Don't like the color schemes. When I hit send on a text, the message doesn't send... It's like there's a gliche with the send button. Please fix this. Have never complained about any update. Always hear my kids complain about their iPhone updates....that's why I don't have an iPhone... Maybe I should change?!

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  • Colleen Kay 5 days ago Link to comment

    Now that I have read many people complaining about this Lolipop upgrade and how they want the old Kitkat back....I will NOT upgrade ;) Thanks for this forum and for the good advice you people all give!

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  • Nikki A. 6 days ago Link to comment

    Is there a way to remove this new update? I usually love all new updates but this new update is not for me. I quite dislike it. I would like to remove it and revert back to the previous version.
    Does anyone know how to remove the update? Or who I should contact to do so?

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  • Jessica Blume 6 days ago Link to comment

    This update was awful! Everything looks more like the iPhone interface, my phone is sluggish, the notifications don't work properly (I keep missing calls and messages), they picked the worst color scheme possible and I can't figure out how to change it, all of my widgets are gone, apps keep randomly disappearing... this is terrible. I have loved my S4 for 2 years, but if this is what galaxy is going to, I won't be getting their phones again.

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