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Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update: here's how to get it [updated: Android 5.0 arrives to Galaxy S4 GPe]

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

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.

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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. 

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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 3 months ago Link

    How about the GT-I9500 Galaxy S4 ?

  • Leonardo 3 months ago Link best friend will be very happy!! He hates on my Nexus 5 everyday...

  • Junaid Qureshi 2 months ago Link

    what about GT I9515 S4 value edition?

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    sinkster 1 month 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.

  • Charles Pratley-Smith 1 month ago Link


  • kingboudi1 1 month ago Link

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

  • Sinuhe 1 month ago Link

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

  • khan 1 month ago Link

    galaxy i9515 when will get lollipop plz

  • Khalid Baig 1 month ago Link

    What about the GT-I9500 Galaxy S4 ?

  • Cameron Naumann 1 month 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

    T Mobile

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

  • Jazi4u 1 month ago Link

    When is the update in india?

  • khan 1 month ago Link

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

  • GT Ohh 4 weeks ago Link

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

  • Crue Michael 3 weeks ago Link

    what about G4 from sprint

  • Shane Scott 3 weeks ago Link

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

  • prince 3 weeks ago Link

    l want rom lollipop on lg g flex

  • Gabr 2 weeks 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.

    • TWiStErRob 1 week 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.