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Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update news [5.0.1 finally hits the US]

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The Galaxy S4 now has the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update in a number of territories. The firmware appeared in Russia first, a few days into February, and arrived in India a week later. The Galaxy S4 Black Edition got the update in the UK a while back and various other European and Asian countries in March. Now the Android 5.0.1 update OTA has spread to the US, with AT&T being the first carrier off the blocks. Find out all of the latest Galaxy S4 update news below. 

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

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 install Lollipop on your device manually without having to wait for it to arrive via your carrier. It's a very simple procedure; just follow our tutorial for how to get Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on the Galaxy S4.

SamMobile acquired an early test version of Android Lollipop on the Galaxy S4, complete with refreshed TouchWiz UI, which you can check out in the video below. The final version is virtually identical to what you see here.

Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update in the US

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 over-the-air (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.

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.

Verizon Galaxy S4 Android update

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

Sprint Galaxy S4 Android update

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

Galaxy S4 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update in Europe

Android World in the Netherlands is reporting that users started to see the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update on their Galaxy S4 at the end of March. Vodafone-branded Galaxy S4 owners received the update recently too, but now the rollout seems to be hitting unlocked Galaxy S4's in the region.

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 also have the update already.

What version of Android is your Galaxy S4 running? When do you expect the update?

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  • Corrie Docherty 1 day ago Link

    I don't understand what exactly they were trying to do with this update. I don't mind the visual updates as much as other people but even doing basic things is confusing and there's no way to get them explained. You can't switch music from the lock screen and people can now see your password if you put it in quickly. I can't switch my phone to vibrate any more either. you actually have to change everything in the settings and even then you only have the option for sound or silent mode. Is there any way to uninstall the update? it's complete rubbish all round. It's also fucked up my voicemail which is pretty important for getting shifts at work.

  • Scott Edmondson 2 days ago Link

    This update jacked up my phone. I've gone to 2 AT&T stores and they don't know how to fix it. It caused all kinds of problems. Is there any way I can go back to my previous version? I'm so pissed that if they don't fix this and soon I'm going to buy an Iphone.

  • Fyo 3 days ago Link

    Further more to the below...
    The new camera feature on lock screen was at start an exciting first impression of the update. However, I soon came to realize that because the new camera button is so finicky to use, it is far quicker, and much less frustrating, to skip past this and access via home screen as per before.
    It really is hard to find any positives about this update and I regret agreeing to it. For those who have not yet installed my advice would be to deny!

  • Fyo 3 days ago Link

    New update feels like more of a 'down-grade'!
    The following features are no longer available:-
    1) To be able to skip songs straight from the lock-screen.
    (Now I have to log into my phone every time I want to skip a track, this is especially not fun when exercising!)
    2) The A-Z feature is now missing from the music player when listening to playlists.
    3) Can no longer send group text messages.
    4) Where have the text messaging emoticons gone?
    Also not to mention the fact that the new interface is not at all visually pleasing, nasty colour choices!
    I'm sure there is more to discover over time with this new 'update'.

  • TADYY 4 days ago Link

    After this update my phone sounds are gone..! How to fix it?? When I do phone restart sounds recovering just for 2min and crashing again.. Apps crashing all the time and it says that touchwiz has stopped working. When i want to listen some music and press PLAY button phone is crashing.. And one more. When I making a call I can't hear other people for the same reason. Please fix it samsung.. Sorry but this update is peace of sh*t..

  • Wasif Hassan 5 days ago Link

    I bought S4 GT-i9515 just couple of months ago and it came with Android Kitkat 4.4.2..
    and there ain't still no update for lollipop not even for kitkat 4.4.4..
    and almost everybody is complaining about this new update is not good..
    and I really want to upgrade to Lollipop! What should I do? and my phone is still under warranty..

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  • Regi Cruz 1 week ago Link

    This update crashes lots of apps.. and most annoying is it stops "MESSAGES".. i cant read and create text messages because every time i click or open a new message received.. a pop-up note will appear saying "UNFORTUNATELY, MESSAGES HAS STOPPED".... same with FACEBOOK MESSANGER... i cant use them.. how can i fix it? anyone? i already tried restarting my phone for couple of times now.. -_-

  • Jane Edwards 1 week ago Link

    This 5.0.1 lollipop upgrade has knackered my phone, it will not let me connect to my wi fi and keeps using all my data. When is this going to be resolved

  • Phil Taylor 1 week ago Link

    This is crap!! It's fucked up loads of apps and not exactly easy on on the eye either.

  • Jennifer 1 week ago Link

    Before the update, I could view my incoming text messages on my home screen. (Ignoring most until after work) Now, I have to open the message to see who sent it. I've tried all the setting scenarios, I believe. Am I missing something? I feel like I'm chained to this clown version of a phone now...

    • jshfrck 1 week ago Link

      Go to Settings\Sounds and Notifications, scroll down to the Notification heading, tap on "While locked" and then select "display all content." I had the same problem.

      • Jennifer 1 week ago Link

        Thats the setting I'm using now. It will tell me I have 2 messages, but no preview or who it's from as before the update. I don't have time during the day to keep checking my phone!

      • rmacabeo 2 days ago Link

        i have the same problem! it's driving me up the wall to be scrabbling through if i got a text or if it was a notification from an app!

  • Faith Rich Fidler 1 week ago Link

    The latest update goes black when I pull down from the top, too soon, before I've completed my tasks. Just to clear my notifications in the morning, it will go black 4 or 5 times, and I have to wake the phone each time. It's using more battery and more media. Where I had some apps set to only use wifi, it's changed all that and I can't find where to change it back. It crashes apps right and left and I have to restart the app over and over again. It is hard to get the screens to co-exist and go from one app to the next without overlap of two apps and delays. It lost widgets and I lost info after the update. The colors are horrid for a dyslexic. It was fine BEFORE. Less user friendly. When THIS many changes occur, the old adage "if it ain't broke" comes to mind. If I could, I'd take it off and go back to the old one until all these blasted glitches are ironed out.

  • Kayah Lang 1 week ago Link

    Absolutely hate the update. The messaging color is descusting, I liked it black. Also no matter how dark my britteness is, others can still look on my phone. I've been a Samsung user for 6 years and not once have I complained or hating it and always look foward to updating, but no more. I just honestly hate this update. I would go back if I knew how.

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  • Manav 1 week ago Link

    what about Verizon sch-i545. I gave this one.

  • Aily 1 week ago Link

    I hate when an update sets you back... can't use the features as easily as before... crashes when you try to customize the home screen... awful layout of contacts and notifications and when you hold the home button down to close apps it looks more like Google Chrome tabs... I am not happy with the look at all; why not let me choose to change the look or keep my old one by offering a theme?... don't download until they fix the crashing issue... or just not at all...

    • jshfrck 1 week ago Link

      Your Chrome tabs do show up in the task manager, but you can turn that off. Just open Chrome and go to its settings and you'll see "Merge tabs and apps" which can be switched on or off.

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