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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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  • Regi Cruz 6 hours 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 day 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 day ago Link

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

  • Jennifer 3 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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!

  • Faith Rich Fidler 4 days 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 4 days 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 5 days ago Link

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

  • Aily 5 days 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 2 days 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.

  • sheldancer 6 days ago Link

    I wish I'd never bothered with the update. Can I go back to a previous version? 
    Since updating all my passwords have been wiped, my phone constantly keeps crashing and freezing, it's changed all my screens but when I try to move anything I just get an error message saying touchwiz has stopped working and these are only a few of the problems. 
    I've googled some solutions but none have worked, the only thing I haven't done is a master reset because I need to back everything up first. 
    Samsung should sort this piece of crap out ASAP, it's shocking!
    Any ideas anyone.....?

    • Aily 5 days ago Link

      same problems and the new folder display on the home screen is ugly... you can't rearrange your app shortcuts or it crashes... the entire look is horrible and girly... it's too "let's look like Apple", but what I want is my S4 Jellybean look back... they should give you the option to change the theme or keep the old look. HATE HATE HATE it.

    • Braeden G 5 days ago Link

      I've had the same problem. Does it do it when you hold apps and try to move them around?

  • Gary 6 days ago Link

    Watch it if you do update.... It totally hosed my S4 to no end... Got it stuck in a reboot loop and would often come up with the OS load menu. Not able to get into anything else and even trying to reload the firmware failed. Lucky for insurance and data being backed up.

  • FallenCelestial 6 days ago Link

    Does anyone know how to fix the music player after the update? It crashes after trying to select playlists, albums, and artists.

    • Luke Stanley 6 days ago Link

      I don't know how to fix it but it only crashes when I try to go to playlists. I can still play the playlists but I need to use s voice, still very annoying.

    • Luke Stanley 5 days ago Link

      Just tried something, go to the app info on the music app and clear the cache and data, you'll keep all your music and it fixed my problem.

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