Here's Android 5.0 Lollipop running on the Samsung Galaxy S4 - new TouchWiz UI, Material Design in tow

After wooing us with an exclusive preview of the Android 5.0 Lollipop version of TouchWiz that will arrive on the Samsung Galaxy S5 several weeks ago, SamMobile today treated us to yet another sweet and compelling sneak peek of a firmware that's coming straight from Samsung. This time, we are dealing with 2013's Samsung Galaxy S4, a device that is still among the more popular and wide-spread on a global scale, which is running a Android 5.0 Lollipop with a Galaxy S5/Galaxy Note 4-like TouchWiz atop.

A while ago we told you that the Exynos version of the phone, the GT-I9500, will surely receive a renovated TouchWiz UI (Nature UX 3.0, to be exact) with the newest Android confectionery version on board, but we haven't hard anything about the Snapdragon 600-toting variation (GT-I9505) of the Galaxy S4 yet, and neither has SamMobile. Still, don't fret, this doesn't mean that the Qualcomm-powered Galaxy S4 won't take a lick from that Lollipop.

Reportedly, the Galaxy S4 and Lollipop get along surprisingly well - the device seems to be snappier than ever and the folks at SamMobile also report that the memory management has been greatly improved, too. Several UI features from the Galaxy S5 have also made an entree on Samsung's ex-flagship, such as My Magazines and the launcher. Needless to say, all of Samsung's apps have been remade in accordance with the Material Design guidelines.

Unfortunately for the fans of the Galaxy S4, the demonstrated build won't be released to the public as it has quite many an issue on board (Wi-Fi doesn't work, for example) and is “not suitable for a daily driver”, because it's not based on the latest available AOSP build, but on the LRX02E one. As far as release dates are concerned, don't hold your breath just yet - your Galaxy S4 will be officially treated to Lollipop only once all of the newer high-end phones get the newest firmware. Maybe early next year, Samsung?

Done yet? You can also check out our retrospective comparison of all of TouchWiz' versions, as well as our 2014 review of the Samsung Galaxy S4:

source: SamMobile

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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. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Damn did they just make Touchwiz uglier? :p TBH I'm not sure yet if I even like the material design.

6. maherk

Posts: 6964; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You always find a way to complain and nag about anything that is built by Samsung. You never ever gave them props for anything, which shows what a mature kid you are.

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It's not your problem if I don't like that design. Or should I say I love it even though I don't? You also always find a way to nag about what I say. Stop it. And I mean I just don't know if I like that material design yet. Even if just looking at KitKat or Lollipop stock Android. Both have their strengths I guess.

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That's just touchwiz and there is literally nothing material about it. Samsung is just trying to hop on the positive vibe material design has right now by calling their ugly theme material. There is nothing different between this new theme and the one right now on the S5.

17. maherk

Posts: 6964; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If you can't see the material design in this touchwiz version then prolly you need to eat a carrot or two, or simple go get your eyes checked. And that's what everyone wants, the old flagship rocking the same UI as the newer brother, and Samsung is delivering it.

35. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

*Android 5.0 on any phone* - Wow, good! *Android 5.0 on Samsung* - Ugly, can't stand! Silly haters ;)

16. maherk

Posts: 6964; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Note 4 and Alpha are the ugliest smartphones, touchwiz sucks and any feature in it is a gimmicky. Edge is stupid and useless, same goes for the Samsung VR. I am not saying you are forced to like the new touchwiz, all i am saying is that I'm not surprised to see you on a Samsung's article trolling like you always did.

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

What you said are true :) I'm not trolling I'm expressing my honest opinion and how I see things. And just to let you know on that Note Edge poll I voted that I'd try it out first instead of just voting for the big NO.

21. maherk

Posts: 6964; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am pretty sure you still called it useless when it was revealed in September.

22. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah I still don't see it as a useful feature, but who knows. There. Listen and relax.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

TouchWiz was surprisingly smooth considering its the old S4 I think they doing a decent job so far Though I don't like how everything is turquoise, a little to iOS-like for me

30. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

S4 is the most compact and most useful phone in its era.

31. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Hmm. You're username kinda makes me think if you really mean that lol

42. loyd112

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 23, 2014

i think their problem with touchwiz is that they rely on that bluish colour too heavily, android L is supposed to bring bold beutiful colours in evey app but samsung's touchwiz mostly brings too much of that blue-cyan colour which i personally dont like. nothing can compete with htc's sense ui :P

43. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

I agree with artsim. Samsung gets enough credit anyway... I haven't seen all your comments but on this one, i'm sure you're being honest.

2. f_u_006

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 19, 2014


3. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Material design Is real awesome! I love flat! Waiting it coming to my Note 4. So far Samsung is the most following material elements. Lovely!

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

There's no gradients in Material design and its not skeuomorphic, but Material design is not flat The animations, transitions, cards and shadows are suppose to create a feeling of depth and direction, not flatness

26. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Material UI is Flat. Flat design the hottest thing in technology these days it seems.

37. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Google has been moving more minimalist UIs like MS/Apple There are elements of Material Design that are flat, but Material Design is not flat Here a better explanation Also some discussion here

4. HoPhonTab

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

WtF!!! Galaxy S4 exynos will get android L but my S3 exynos didn't get Kitkat and Android L Will never buy samsung phones again im getting my next phone from LG

19. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It was about ram, not the processor.

23. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

And my old Nokia N70 did not get Eclair. I will never buy a Nokia. I will eat that eclair. Better. (joking around)

29. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The exynos S3 can probably run 5.0 in its unadulterated form but not with Touchwiz on top.

36. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

It can. But GS3 is two years old so it won't get official updates.

32. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Lol, if you're looking for better software updates don't go to LG, they're even worse...

33. lamnpt

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

@HoPhonTab:Calmdown guy. I'm using S3 like you.But I didnt expected SS up it's os to android 4.4 because of SS business strategy(like many other manufacturers). Lets think that, SS have a ton of different phones.Not like Apple just have less than 10 kind of phones.So, you cannot expect SS supports all their kind of phones like Apple, because SS cannot hire thousands or event millions developers to support a nearly three-year old phone. So, you should accept the Android 4.3 of S3 now or buy a new one such as Note series or wait for some months to buy the new A series of SS phone. I'm not a SS seeder,that why I'm not buy any other SS phone except S3 because I know, right now SS devices are not good enough for me. I will wait for next year before decide to purchase a new phone such as S6 or Note5 or maybe an other brand device: Sony,LG,HTC...(I'm not love closed-OS like iOS or Winphone)

5. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

aahhh I love the new look, cant wait that on my S4 SD600

7. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

I think it will lag but not too much

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think there was actually quite minimal lag Not bad for TouchWiz on a old S4

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