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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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. GeekMovement unregistered

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

13. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

15. iushnt

Posts: 3097; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I had received kitkat on note 3 many months ago

21. GeekMovement unregistered

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.

22. GeekMovement unregistered

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Why the weather widget is still the old version?

3. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

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

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Is it Samsung or AccuWeather to blame?

5. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

9. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

People these days.

12. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Its the little things which make a huge difference in technology

20. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

24. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 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.

16. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 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

19. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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 ?

23. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

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

6. balu25int

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 11, 2014

Wow, S Finder and about 33K in Antutu. In Kitkat, I get around 24K. And its I9500 and not I9505.

8. aklipii

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

18. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

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

10. tclarke90

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 10, 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

11. iPhoneboy597

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

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

14. Cyagocaliz unregistered

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

17. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 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... :(

25. patelkunjal94

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 21, 2015

hi bro i installed on my S4 9500 but Google apps not running. please help to fix. and how to back official kitkat 4.4.2. please reply me my emai id is

26. SamS4

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 29, 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 !!

27. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 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.

28. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I really like this theme !!!! :D

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