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Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update: when will I get it? [updated: straight to 5.0.1 in February]

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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.

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When will the Galaxy S4 get the Android 5.0 update? / © ANDROIDPIT

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.

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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. 

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We're really interested to see how Material Design looks on TouchWiz. © AndroidPIT

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

Good news for T-Mobile Galaxy S4 owners! There is an update rolling out which starts today to bump your smartphone up to the latest version of Android KitKat 4.4.4.

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?

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  • kingboudi1 4 months ago Link

    How about the GT-I9500 Galaxy S4 ?

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  • Leonardo 4 months ago Link

    Haha...my best friend will be very happy!! He hates on my Nexus 5 everyday...

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  • Junaid Qureshi 3 months ago Link

    what about GT I9515 S4 value edition?

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    sinkster 2 months ago Link

    I don't think Samsung would ignore the S4(or any variations) seeing as it's relatively recent, though I hope it's more successful than previous attempts by Samsung to update their firmware.

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  • Charles Pratley-Smith 2 months ago Link

    Excellent

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  • kingboudi1 2 months ago Link

    Please, how about the GT-I9500 ? When will it get 4.4.4 ?

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  • Sinuhe 2 months ago Link

    When I read something like this, I renew my votes of love with my Nexus 5.

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  • khan 2 months ago Link

    galaxy i9515 when will get lollipop plz

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  • Khalid Baig 2 months ago Link

    What about the GT-I9500 Galaxy S4 ?

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    • Joemar Baterzal 1 week ago Link

      Don't worry dude the GT-I9500 was the first update of Lollipop so Chillax <3 the GT-I9505 will get android 5.0 in march or april

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  • Cameron Naumann 2 months ago Link

    OK guys here's a rundown of what's needed to run 5.0

    500mb RAM Or More
    Multi touch input interface
    4.0's CPU or higher
    Built after July 2014

    Current Providers Cell company

    At&t
    T Mobile
    Version

    L 1.0 b or pre lollipop works on my zte 667t without bugs so that says it works with cheap phones also

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  • Jazi4u 2 months ago Link

    When is the update in india?

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  • khan 2 months ago Link

    plz help me how can I change h+ to 4g icon

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  • GT Ohh 2 months ago Link

    It should be called LolliPoop because it looks like shit!!

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  • Crue Michael 2 months ago Link

    what about G4 from sprint

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  • Shane Scott 2 months ago Link

    Can I9505 users downgrade back to 4.4.2 if the lollipop update doesn't function correctly?

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  • prince 2 months ago Link

    l want rom lollipop on lg g flex

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  • Gabr 1 month ago Link

    Anyone knows any problem with sensor in kitkat 4.4.4? When I make a call screen blacks out. Or sensor does not work to make auto calls when I put my pgone in my ear. Or does not allow me to hear whassup voice notes in the speaker.

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    • TWiStErRob 1 month ago Link

      Look around in settings, there's an option for turning the screen off in proximity to prevent "burning your ear", I'm not sure what it's called. It should turn back on when you look at the phone. Try playing with the black dots above the Samsung logo while in call.

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  • Sok Savuth 1 month ago Link

    I have had any problem with my Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 since I bought it, but I wonder how to get the new software of Android 5.0.0 Lollipop for this device. I have tried to find the way to update it, but I could find. If you have any idea to update to this version, please kindly share with me. Thanks

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  • Vishal Hada 4 weeks ago Link

    My Samsung s4 gives screen saver clock black out n blink every now n then......he to resolve the issue plus help anyone.....I mean freaking out

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    • Sok Savuth 4 weeks ago Link

      As in this case you need to factory reset your device, before reseting, you need to back up your files first. This I also have the same problem. Now is resolved.

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  • Thiago Garcia 4 weeks ago Link

    Esta atualização esta disponível no s4 i9515l...

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  • Sok Savuth 4 weeks ago Link

    I am using Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, I found the announcement that S4 can be updated to Lollipop 5.0.0, but I could not find the way how to update. anyone knows how to update it, please kindly share with us. Thanks

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    • Joemar Baterzal 1 week ago Link

      Just Wait dude I'm waiting too my cellphone is Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 and my android version is 4.4.2 kitkat. The News that i read is about 5.0 update of s4 and note 2 in mid january Or February the GT-I9500 was first to update 5.0 then maybe march or april the next update in GT-I9505

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  • Bridgette Wilkus 3 weeks ago Link

    I have a galaxy s4 GT-I9500 and it has 4.3 still everytime I try to update it, it always says your phone has been modified. no updates available. but I know there are updates because obviously 5.0 just came out!

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  • Sok Savuth 3 weeks ago Link

    Hi! Bridgette, so now you can update it or not yet??? I keep an eyes on the update almost everyday, but once I click on update, then it always say "The latest updates have already been installed", but actually I am using version 4.4.2, I have not been allowed to update to 4.3.0. That is why I am trying to check with our friends, they have any idea on how to get 5.0. If you have already updated your device with this new version, then please share with me on how to do it. Cheers and have a Happy New Year 2015.

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  • Bridgette Wilkus 3 weeks ago Link

    no it wont let me update. it has had 4.3 since i bought the phone last september. i tried to update it using the computer once(my stepmoms updated from her phone with no problem) but it got the whole thing done(after about 1-2 hours!!!) and then it said something about not being able to install it. idk what happened...im about to hard reset my phone because i have been having alot of problems with it, then i will try updating it again. ill let you know how it goes! you have a happy new year as well!!

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  • Sok Savuth 3 weeks ago Link

    Hi! Bridgette, Thanks for your prompt response to my question. I seems strange once you update it, When I bought this phone it come with Jellybean and I have update via phone itself, I got Kitkat 4.4.2 and now I found that it can be updated to lollipop 5.0 that is why I digging for this new version. But I learn from you it seems complicate so let it be, when it can be updated then I will update. Thanks again for your response. good luck in 2015.

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  • Stuart Male 2 weeks ago Link

    When will my s5 g900i finally get it? I'm still on 4.4.2

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  • karan kampani 2 weeks ago Link

    Samsung note 4 when would that be updated region is Dubai. all updates in android takes centuries to get an update while as in apple it is quick. they concentrate only on the iPhone. while as in android you have so many phones.

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  • Joseph Madlom 1 week ago Link

    What about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 2015 Edition?
    Thanks

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  • Joseph Madlom 1 week ago Link

    What about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 2014 Edition?
    Thanks

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  • Tamás Imre 1 week ago Link

    The official CyanogenMod 12 nightly is just out for GT-I9505. It is quite stable, I had no issues with that so far.

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  • OMER 6 days ago Link

    I want to know does moto e will be updated to lollipop 5.0.2,give me a fast replay

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  • OMER 6 days ago Link

    can u tell how much time should I have to wait for lollipop update for my moto e XT1022

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