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Android 5.0.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S4, looks like the real deal

Android 5.0.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S4, looks like the real deal
Well, well, well, what do we have here? It looks like an official TouchWiz take on Android 5.0 Lollipop for 2013's battle-worn Samsung Galaxy S4, one of the best-selling Samsung smarpthones of all time, has just leaked and has been quickly picked up by the eager members of the XDA community. The build in question is based on Android 5.0.1, the latest available representative of Google's OS. 

Numerous users report that despite being a Chinese locale, the firmware appears to be authentic. At the time of writing there have been no major bugs found - Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data, NFC, Bluetooth, all sensors, and everything else you might think of seem to be working fine. Still, as we mentioned above, certain system messages will probably appear in Chinese, but that's a price that the eager early adopters of said leaked distribution will have to tolerate.

The build reportedly only works with several versions of the Galaxy S4 - GT-I9500, GT-I9502, GT-I9508, and the GT-I9508v ones, with the notable omission being the Snapdragon 600 variation, the GT-I9505 variation of the former Samsung flagship.

Provided that you're using a Galaxy S4 and can't wait any longer, follow the source link and give this Lollipop build a try. As usual, make sure that you have a handy NANDroid backup in store, you know, just in case something goes wrong.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S5 already took a lick from the TouchWiz-esque Lollipop that Samsung released and we quickly compared it with the older KitKat firmware. The Galaxy S4 will, most probably, receive its own Android update pretty soon.


source: GFan (translated) via XDA

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posted on 19 Jan 2015, 08:41 2

1. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Can't wait for it to arrive on the Note II!

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 15:36

13. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


It won't, bro. I received my 4.4.2 1.5 weeks ago. Almost a year since the release of 4.4. Is the 5.0 for n2 officially confirmed or you got it from that leak from Swedish department of Samsung? Even if it comes out, it will be with a huge delay. Prob December 2015/January 2016.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 20:15

15. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


I had received kitkat on note 3 many months ago

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 07:04

21. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


There are some articles stating that the official website for Samsung Finland listed the Note II & S4, so I'm going to hope and believe that it will come to be. Even if it is a big delay, it seems like I had the 4.4.2 for months and it's still running great so I won't have a problem sticking with Kitkat for a while.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 09:16

22. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-Android-5.0-update-release-which-smartphones-will-get-Lollipop-and-when_id64503

Here's the PA article. Seems official rather than just a leak.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 08:58

2. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 911; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Why the weather widget is still the old version?

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 09:02 1

3. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)


I don't get why Samsung does not update widgets too....It has always bugged me for a while xD

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 09:06 1

4. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 911; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Is it Samsung or AccuWeather to blame?

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 09:35 3

5. nanozander (Posts: 90; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Accuweather provides the APIs. Samsung is in charge of the UI

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 10:44 3

7. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Are people really complaining about the UI of a WIDGET ?!?!

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 10:55

9. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


People these days.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 14:54 2

12. pavsidhu (Posts: 214; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Its the little things which make a huge difference in technology

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 03:08

20. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


UI of flippin widget is not technology ! If you don't like it just delete it man. It takes half a second !

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 14:31 1

24. pavsidhu (Posts: 214; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Of course it's technology, I would rather have a phone with a consistent interface then a half-done job. That's how I see it.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 20:32

16. Mercedes-Benz (banned) (Posts: 403; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


Yes it would be nice that Samesung include the weather widget from the note 4 . I been running the official lollipop beta for a while now and its something that bugs me .

I think people will freak our if apple did something similar, updating the iPhone 4S to iOS 8 but keep the clock or weather app design at iOS5 , for example

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 03:06

19. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


You do realize the difference between an android WIDGET and a system app of which not only cannot be deleted but should also be incoherence with the entire UI.

The thing about the widget is you can just uninstall/remove it !! How difficult is that ?

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 11:32

23. Mercedes-Benz (banned) (Posts: 403; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


No you can't , its a system app .
You could if you root your phone just to get the updated widget

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 10:28 1

6. balu25int (Posts: 10; Member since: 11 Dec 2014)


Wow, S Finder and about 33K in Antutu. In Kitkat, I get around 24K.

And its I9500 and not I9505.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 10:47

8. aklipii (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Dec 2010)


Hey PhoneArena, is there any chance the Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo I9301I will get the lollipop update? It was released in June so it would be a shame if it didn't get the Update.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 01:29

18. PeterK. (Posts: 300; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


Probably yes, but you'd better be patient. We've heard nothing about Lollipop coming to this exact phone.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:57

10. tclarke90 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)


it is so annoying that lollipop leaked for the galaxy s5 note 3 and now s4 but hasn't for the note 4 and we don't even have a release window for it yet

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 14:29

11. iPhoneboy597 (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


except for the notifcation panel it looks exactly like it did 2 years ago

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 16:05

14. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)


Not as simple as Sony's UI, still messy. Next.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 21:50

17. harigrg33 (Posts: 181; Member since: 20 May 2013)


Just installed in my s4 gti9500 and I am Not happy with the ui :(
Its look so kiddish plus play store is not working. Everytime asking for a code :o
Now from where to get the code.... all my excitment went on vain... :(

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 00:55

25. patelkunjal94 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jan 2015)


hi bro

i installed on my S4 9500 but Google apps not running.

please help me.how to fix.
and how to back official kitkat 4.4.2.
please reply me my emai id is patelkunjal94@gmail.com

posted on 29 Jan 2015, 17:47

26. SamS4 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jan 2015)


Hey Guys
could someone please tell when is Samsung planning to release Android 5.0 in arab countries for the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 ???
My phone is still on Android 4.4.2 and i'm getting worried since i didn't even get the 4.4.4 version !!

posted on 01 Feb 2015, 08:11

27. pavsidhu (Posts: 214; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Samsung has released lollipop to a few s4 handsets in Russia but hasn't branched out yet. I installed a custom rom with cyanogen mod 12 for the s4 and I can't even begin to tell you how much better stock lollipop is to touchwiz on kitkat.

posted on 01 Feb 2015, 13:31

28. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


I really like this theme !!!! :D

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