Samsung has finally started rolling out the long-awaited Lollipop update to unlocked models of the Galaxy S4 located in the United Kingdom. This upgrade brings the latest version of the Android operating system, together with a multitude of new features, bug fixes and stability improvements to your handset.
Earlier today, seven leaked screenshots popped up online showcasing what’s believed to be an unreleased version of Android 5.0.1 Lollipop skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface running on a Galaxy S4.
According to a leaked email from a Samsung employee, the company is looking at starting their Android Lollipop rollout as early as next month. So far there have only been a few very specific models that have gotten the update, so this wave of updates should be pretty widespread.
The email suggests that the Galaxy S 5 will be first on the list, with the Note 4 and Note Edge right behind it. The Galaxy S4 and Note 3 shouldn’t be far behind that. No info on what other phones will be getting the update, but Samsung will supposedly begin working on their tablets after their current crop of phones is updated.
Samsung’s official web site for Finland has posted a list of Samsung devices that will eventually receive Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. The newer devices listed like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or even the prior generation Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are no surprise. However, for users clinging to older or more obscure devices, there appears to be some good news.
Samsung has officially begun the roll out of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4. Since it’s a GPe device, it is first in line among OEM handsets to receive the latest updates. Strangely, the Galaxy S4 is one of the last GPe handsets to get the update with the likes of the HTC One M8, One M7, Sony Z Ultra, the LG G Pad 8.3, the Moto G etc getting the update already.
Samsung has already begun the rollout of Android 5.0 for the Galaxy S5 in Europe starting yesterday, while the American units are expected to get it sometime in the coming weeks. A source has now spilled the beans on the rollout schedule for other devices such as the Galaxy Note 4 as well as the Galaxy Note 3.
Now that Samsung has unveiled and released all its flagship smartphones for 2014, reports are starting to emerge claiming that the Galaxy S6 is now in the early stages of development.
Although exact specifications are currently unclear, the handset has officially been dubbed ‘Project Zero’, which is a strong indication that Samsung is trying to achieve something unique and different with the Galaxy S6.
Samsung has been teasing the Lollipop update for some of their most recent devices with videos and cryptic tweets, but today users of the Samsung Galaxy S4 can breath a sigh of release as the Korean manufacturer has promised an update for last year’s flagship. The international Exynos-powered variant (GT-I9500) will likely receive the update early next year with the carrier models to follow. Any Galaxy S4 users out there getting excited? Discuss in the comments below!
According to a leaked update schedule, Samsung is in the process of preparing to roll out the much-anticipated Android 4.4.4 KitKat upgrade to nine variants of its former flagship smartphones before the end of November, 2014.
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Verizon has started rolling out a relatively minor over-the-air stability update to all its carrier-branded Galaxy S4 handsets currently located in the United States. Unfortunately, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, but it does include a plethora of much-needed bug fixes and speed optimizations.