The Samsung Galaxy S4 currently runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, and in some regions of the world it's been officially updated to Android 4.4.4, the last iteration in the KitKat line. But what about Android 5.0 Lollipop? When are we going to see that appear? You can find out all of the latest Galaxy S4 Lollipop update details right here. Update: It's now possible to Android 5.0 for the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition. Head to the update section to find out more.
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Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update
We're expecting Android 5.0 to arrive for the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S4 first, sometime in early 2015. 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.
SamMobile has already got its hands on an early test version of Android Lollipop on the Galaxy S4, complete with refreshed TouchWiz UI, you can check it out in the video below.
Update: Android 5.0 Lollipop is now arriving 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?