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Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 5.1 Lollipop update news

Update: Android 5.0 hitting US Cellular devices

Authored by: Mary Mod — 1 week 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). While T-Mobile users in the US are still awaiting Android 5.0, US Cellular customers now have Android 5.0 and the Android 5.1 update is making headlines. Find out all of the latest Galaxy S4 update news below. 

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Android 5.0 Android 5.0.1 Android 5.0.2 Android 5.1 Android 5.1.1 Android M
Verizon   Yes        
T-Mobile ​Pending          
AT&T Yes        
Sprint ​Yes          
US Cellular Yes          
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The sun still hasn't set on the good old Galaxy S4. / © ANDROIDPIT

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Galaxy S4 Android M update

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Android M update is not yet available. Android M is expected to launch globally in Q3, 2015. We will let you know when we learn more.

Galaxy S4 Android 5.1.1 custom ROMs

There are currently no official public plans for the Galaxy S4 Android 5.1.1 update, but that's not to say they might not still appear. In the meantime, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop has appeared for the Galaxy S4 in the form of custom ROMs on XDA Developers.

Bliss Pop is a super popular custom ROM that is chock full of customization options. It's based on the even more popular CM12.1 ROM from CyanogenMod, taking that base and adding even more features.

There's another good Android 5.1.1 ROM worth checking out on XDA Developers. The popular Resurrection Remix ROM has also been released for the international Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500). Alongside the usual Android 5.1.1 updates, the ROM also brings some gesture controls, LED density changer and theme chooser.

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Some Lollipop ROMs for the Galaxy S4 have a LED density changer. / © ANDROIDPIT

Galaxy S4 Android 5.1 Lollipop update

No official Galaxy S4 Android 5.1 update has yet appeared, but some publications are claiming insiders have confirmed that the Galaxy S4 will get the Android 5.1 update, even though the S4 Mini failed to be approved. So, will the Galaxy S4 get an official Android 5.1 update?

Yes, if you 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. Other sources claim the standard Galaxy S4 will be getting the update soon as well.

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The Galaxy S4 might soon have Android 5.1. / © ANDROIDPIT

Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update

To check your Galaxy S4 for the update, go to Settings > About Device > Software Update > Check for Updates. Or jump to the manual install instructions at the bottom of this article (for Samsung Kies and Odin). If you experience any problems with the Galaxy S4 update, visit our guide on how to fix Galaxy S4 Lollipop problems.

US Cellular Galaxy S4 Android update

US Cellular pushed the Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update in mid-July, bring the US Cellular Galaxy S4 to baseband version R970TYUGOE2. The changelog provided for the update just listed the usual Android Lollipop features like Material Design, lock screen notifications, Smart Lock options and more. 

Verizon Galaxy S4 Android update

Verizon updated its Galaxy S4 support page to announce the arrival of Android 5.0.1 at the end of April. The three-page document outlines the changes that the updated software (version LRX22C.I545VRUGOC1) brought to the Verizon Galaxy S4, including Material Design, lock screen notifications and the new recent apps menu. 

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 changelog for the AT&T Galaxy S4 update mentions the usual changes.

Sprint Galaxy S4 Android update

In early May, Sprint released the Lollipop update for its branded Galaxy S4 Spark LTE devices to baseband version L720TVPUCOD1 and the ''regular'' Sprint Galaxy S4 to version L720VPUGOD2. Visit Sprint's Galaxy S4 community page if you have any questions about the update.

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.

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What version of Android is your Galaxy S4 on? / © ANDROIDPIT

How to install Android Lollipop on the Galaxy S4 manually

If you have an international unlocked Galaxy S4, as soon as the first international, non carrier-branded firmware appears it is possible to flash the firmware manually. Keep an eye on the Sam Mobile firmware page for the GT-I9500 or GT-I9505 (LTE) and either update via Samsung Kies or Odin. 

How to update Galaxy S4 to Android Lollipop with Kies

The easiest way to install the update is by using Samsung Kies. Just download the latest version of Samsung Kies on your computer and connect your Galaxy S4 with a USB cable.

Kies should notify you when there is an update available. Simply follow the steps. If Kies doesn't let you update your firmware, even though you know a new Android version is available, you can flash it manually using Odin. Here's how to do that.

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You can get Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on the Galaxy S4 right now.© ANDROIDPIT

How to install Android Lollipop on Galaxy S4 with Odin

before you manually install firmware with Odin, it is essential you identify your particular model number. Go to Settings > About Devie and find your model number. Then, when you download the firmware, make sure you match the model number to the firmware. 

Attempting to flash the wrong firmware (for example, unlocked firmware on a carrier-branded S4 or vice versa) may cause problems so we don't advise it. As always, manually tinkering with your device has risks involved. Please be aware of them before proceeding.

Prerequisites

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This is Odin v3.09: see the ID:COM and AP boxes. © AndroidPIT

Install Lollipop on Galaxy S4 instructions

1. Unzip the downloaded firmware zip file on your computer.

2. Launch Odin.

3. Reboot your Galaxy S4 in download mode (Volume Down + Power + Home button).

4. Connect your Galaxy S4 via USB cable to your computer and wait for Odin to recognize it (a blue box should appear next to ID:COM).

5. Make sure only Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time are checked in Odin.

6. Make sure Re-Partition IS NOT CHECKED.

7. Click the AP button and locate the tar.md5 file in the unzipped firmware file and hit Start.

8. Wait patiently until the procedure ends and do not disconnect your S4. It may take a while.

9. You should see a green PASS message when successful.

10. Once your Galaxy S4 restarts, you should be running Android Lollipop.

Restore any backed up data and if you get stuck in a bootloop or encounter some buggy behavior, reboot your S4 in Fastboot (press and hold Volume up + Power + Home) and use the volume keys to navigate and Power button to access Recovery Mode. You wan to clear cache partition and then reboot.

If you have any major bugs at startup, do a factory reset on your Galaxy S4 from Recovery Mode and then restore your data again.

What version of Android is your Galaxy S4 running? 

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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  • Oscar Rodriguez Murphy 1 day ago Link to comment

    Why s4 how about the s5

  • Aljan Tablizo 1 day ago Link to comment

    I didnt like the new lolipop update, because it took away the feature to unlock your phone with the face lock

  • Saad Ali 1 day ago Link to comment

    Works Great...... Thanx

  • Norma Hannam 5 days ago Link to comment

    I updated my phone and now cant connect to any computer. The computer doesnt have internet. And its getting frustrating i dont want to factory reset and loose everything and dont know what else to do.

  • Yoyo is mexican 5 days ago Link to comment

    No one has news on when Cricket is going to release lollipop for the s4?

    • Aljan Tablizo 1 day ago Link to comment

      Cricket is a small celluar company. You might or might not get it. If Cricket does release it...it would probably be long time

  • Tami Spicer 6 days ago Link to comment

    My update to the last update is sitting in my status box and that is where it will stay.... DON'T DO IT!

  • judi stauffer 1 week ago Link to comment

    The new update pushed to my phone on July 17 2015 has been horrific! My ringer won't work, videos won't play, Facebook freeze, camara and gallery freezes! I'm ready to turn to IPhone!

  • Mani Raj Shrestha 1 week ago Link to comment

    I have samsung galaxy s4 GT-I9515 but stil I am not getting lolipop update please help me .

  • Douglas Nolan 1 week ago Link to comment

    Guys and gals, I was a total noob, but after doing my homework, I rooted my phone, and I have Cyanogenmod 12.1, Android 5.1.1 running very happily on my Galaxy S4 i9505. I recommend it...

  • Cory Wayne 1 week ago Link to comment

    Everything about this update is terrible. It looks and operates like crap. I've been a loyal Samsung user for ten years but now I'm switching.

  • Tyanne Cords 1 week ago Link to comment

    Not a fan of the new update! Lock screen numbers show up as squares, camera will not work, battery drains extremely quickly. Can't wait until I can go back to the iPhone!

  • Robert Simpson 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    updated to lollipop when it came out a couple months or so ago. Regretted it ever since. battery life is gone, have to keep an external battery with me at all times. I can now watch the percentage drop just with the phone being on and not using. overheating is a real issue also. constantly overheats and shuts down even when just sitting on the table. WiFi is inconsistent at best, connects then drops, connects slow, then drops. ALL apps run incredibly slow now. locks up continually. Touch Wiz is a joke, crashes more times a day than I have to charge the battery. I was told by Samsung that I can not revert back to KitKat. This is now nothing more than a lesson in frustration management and patience.

    Bottom line....nothing works better or even works, its degraded the once awesome phone to a paperweight. Looking at the Iphone for a replacement. Iphone 7 is looking REAL good now.

    • Jeremy Humphrey 2 weeks ago Link to comment

      Samsung is wrong. Reverting back to KitKat was simple and easy. Worked great for me. I posted the directions in the post before yours. Should you have an issue after reverting to KitKat with your phone getting stuck at the Yellow Sprint screen. I held in the power button for a few seconds till it shut off. I then powered back up by holding the volume up button and power button at the same time. Then when the menu appeared, I cleared the Cache and then did a factory reset/wipe. Then the phone rebooted, loaded up to the yellow spring screen and stayed there for about a minute and then the phone loaded to the setup screens....... Works great again........ No Lollipop.

      One annoying issue I found though is that now that I am back to KitKat, I get a notification on the notification screen/menu telling me that there is a new update available to the new Lollipop 5.01. At first I tried it just to see if my WiFi and sound would work(as before it wouldn't) and everything worked. I then re downgraded back to KitKat again. So I definitely know that you can successfully get rid of Lollipop. I chose to stay at KitKat for a couple reasons. My wife just got this phone and never got to use it so I wanted her to get a feel for the phone(now working), and cause of the nightmare stories. I may give Lollipop a try in a week or so. I just want my wife to get a feel for how long her battery lasts for and how apps run while on KitKat so when she tries Lollipop, she has something to compare it to so we can tell which works best.

      Hope this is helpful. She bought this phone(Galaxy s4 for 125 in 2 payments of 62.50). But It came with Lollipop and the wifi would let us turn it on but it would slide right back to off immediately and wouldn't scan for WiFi cause it was off. And the sound and camera and other apps wouldn't work/run.

    • Aljan Tablizo 1 day ago Link to comment

      If your going to switch to the Iphone 7. I wish its hardware specs have improved

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