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Galaxy S4 Android Lollipop update news

Update: Android 5.1 in the works

Authored by: Mary Mod — 3 weeks 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). The most interesting news we've heard recently is that the Android 5.1 update may still be on the cards for the Galaxy S4, although not for every device. 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

Android 5.1 - really?

Yes, if you can 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.

Google Play edition devices are essentially the hardware of the regular phone with the software of a Nexus. This means that they are usually in line for new Android updates at the same time as the Google Nexus range.

But even GPe devices have a time frame for no longer receiving updates, so if the Galaxy S4 GPe does indeed make the cut, it will likely be its last major update.

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 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 S4s in the region.

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 also have the update already.

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.

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

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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  • Nikki A. 4 hours 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 4 hours 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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    • Nikki A. 4 hours ago Link to comment

      I completely agree with you. I hate this new update. The color scheme is awful, I really really dislike the new folder design. I don't see what was wrong with the previous version. The folder didn't appear a folder. It appeared as a really cool looking icon. THis update has a boring basic folder as the icon :-(
      And although I am sorry that your phone is sluggish, I am glad that I am not the only one. Ever since the update my phone is so very slow. I agree, if this continues, I want to change phones. But I'm sure they will end up having a new update soon... hopefully a better update that is.

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  • ivan warrad 1 day ago Link to comment

    good

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  • Gordon Wilson 2 days ago Link to comment

    This update ruined my S4, volume decides to go down on its own all the time, ie miss important call, Do not get notifications all the time, email or message, ie miss important stuff, When listening to Tune in, if get a email. The music does not resume on its own as it did before, interface totally looks like for children. yeah lillipop!! Will ditch Google android I think and revert back to Iphone, although thats not the best either, but at least I will not be missing everything I need to work, not curse at my phone, This is worse than the New Coke fiasco !!

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  • Rebecca Boyd 2 days ago Link to comment

    It looks sleek. Not my style. Too bright. Not to sound too unoriginal, I don't do Apple. No thanks Lollipop.

    Phone runs sluggish. When playing music, random pauses occur (pauses which would be normal if I were receiving a notification but I am not...) Randomly decides that a music file format is unreadable that has been readable before (fix by force closing music app and restarting.) Locks creen music controlls are too compact, making it far to easy to accidentally close music app or pause music when looking only to skip a song. Randomly closes apps while I am scrolling or after selecting a video hyperlink.


    I am sure I will only discover more and more about this OS to further my dislike of it.

    I will be reverting. Thanks Lollipop, but you can suck it.

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  • Keneth Vázquez 3 days ago Link to comment

    When the lollipop version come to T-Mobile? I'm still waiting

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  • Hồng Phước Nguyễn 4 days ago Link to comment

    I love the new update.

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  • Jo1C 5 days ago Link to comment

    Just read this article. It contains a link with directions to revert back to kitkat & tips on how to fix or deal with some of the issues with this update. I DID NOT INSTALL THIS UPDATE ON MY PHONE & HAVE NOT TRIED ANY OF THESE FIXES. Hope tbey help you guys out. 😊

    www gottabemobile com/2015/04/06/galaxy-s4-lollipop/

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  • Marissa Hruby 5 days ago Link to comment

    Screw this update!!! Can't use website apps. I have to go to Google and go to their real websites. The colors are horrendous I miss the sleek black. Also my freaking calls don't work and people on the other line can't hear me. I hate my phone now congrats.

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  • Lisa K 6 days ago Link to comment

    This update absolutely sucks!!!! I want my old system back! It's Androids way of wanting total control of your phone. If I wanted the IOS platform I would be using an iPhone. ....but I don't so why is Android trying to mimic?

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  • Muzaffar Ahmed 6 days ago Link to comment

    Just reset the phone and install fresh applications. your S4 will work fine.

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  • Muzaffar Ahmed 1 week ago Link to comment

    Hi samsung, the new update is awesome. I rest my fone and installed all appli ations not restored. My smart phone is working excellent with new features. I was upset after the update but now its fine. Thank you for the upgrading....

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  • Jaybee001 1 week ago Link to comment

    Please do not download this total rubbish of an update! totally ruined my phone! same issues as everyone else has reported below! why change something that worked perfectly well before! Samsung get this sorted before we all defect back to IPhone! At least they sorted big issues like this within a few days!!! 😠😤 a very disgruntled and sad about to be ex-customer! !!!!!

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  • Andy Boling 1 week ago Link to comment

    I have had my phone about a year and loved it til yesterday this update showed up. Downloaded and not it sucks. I hate this update not only did it change my settings widgets it has made my phone SLOW..when I try to clear the open Apps it locks and closes and freezes til it goes off. Not to mention when I search for anything now it takes forever to load. How do y remove this update? Do not Download you will regret it.

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  • avand 1 week ago Link to comment

    Just got this new phone and now am very upset with this horrible update. Is there any way to get it off the phone? Who thought this was a good idea ...should be fired! It's awful and I am not happy. Help! It sucks!

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