Samsung Galaxy S4 users, rejoice! Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Exynos version to come early 2015

The Samsung Galaxy S4 might be getting a little long in the tooth already, but the device is by no means past the 18-month firmware support window that Samsung promised for its flagship devices. Of course, this means that the 2013 flagship smartphone of the South Korea-based giant will be treated to the latest confectionery Android offering, the Material Design-toting Android 5.0 Lollipop, will eventually make it to the compact (by today's standards) 5" champion from last year. 

This got confirmed by SamMobile, which has a pretty good record of spot-on predictions and internal information regarding all things Samsung. As per its report, the Exynos version of the device (the GT-I9500 one) will be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop first, in early 2015. Apart from the newest iteration of Google's ubiquitous mobile OS, the Galaxy S4 will be most probably adorned with a TouchWiz that looks pretty similar to the one in the early demo of Lollipop running atop TouchWiz on the newer Samsung Galaxy S5 (which should receive the Lollipop update in December). Obviously, this is a rather substantial overhaul of the interface and most Galaxy S4 users will probably welcome it with open hands.

There is, however, no word about the Snapdragon 600 version of the Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505). We suppose that the Lollipop update for this variation of the former flagship will probably land a little after the Exynos one receives it. Are you looking forward to it, Galaxy S4 users?

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. barcas

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

YES I AM! (nutty prof yes i can)


Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

Xda developers will port S4 GPE android lollipop rom into my regular S4 i9505,so no worries

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

GPE S4 is pretty much crippled when it comes to software features. Why not wait a month more and get that from Samsung itself rather then relying of XDA whose software will mostly be buggy at start.

10. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It's still Android and no matter what your custom skin are, you still can do so many things that you can't find on any other OS.

20. oister85 unregistered

Android is bad ass.

13. DroidMystic

Posts: 91; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Wait a month? I don't think so. First Samsung may even announced the Galaxy S6 with 64 bit maybe Snapdragon 810 packed with Lollipop and better Touchwiz UI in January 2015 to push people to buy it and people will really get the update around February and March. How many phones are running the 4.4.4 except the Note 4 and the both Galaxy A5 and A3 only. That why I don't buy Samsung again.

17. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The S4 got KitKat in Jan/Feb before the S5 announcement. We don't need an update to 4.4.4 when we are on 4.4.2 and gain nothing from it except bragging rights.

3. proto

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

taht would be pretty ugly, if SD600 will not be updated :(

11. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I don't think they will skip the SD600 version, it will be updated.

12. TyrionLannister unregistered

The snapdragon version has a much weaker processor. I'd not be surprised if it's not updated at all.

18. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The processor is not that weak, it is has better support than the exynos version.

19. TyrionLannister unregistered

i9500 is about 30% faster in benchmarks. And with same skin, it performs much better. I've used them both and i9500 is really much better specially with that heavy bloated touchwiz which was at it worst at the time of s4 and started trimming down afterwards. Normal users don't care about dev support. BTW the best custom kernel is for the exynos s4 i.e. perseus.

4. MeGustaHC

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Yay! Haha.

5. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

So late. I have the Snapdragon version but hopefully can ditch this for Nexus 6 or MotoX before the year ends.

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

The beauty of 5.0 is marred by TouchWiz...

7. Tolooei

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

HTC With Sense Was provided to 90 days!

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I always wanted to taste the latest TouchWiz in my Note 10.1(2012), but Samsung didn't provide it in 4.4 update. And now Android 5.0 is going to land on Samsung's flagship line, l hope Samsung will update the TouchWiz for the older flagships like S4 and Note 3(Hopefully my tablet is also included).

14. Stevo.Tombola

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Great news! Hope they will update Snapdragon 600 version too..

15. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Awesome!~ Can't wait for the update to come to the SD version of the S4 as well as both versions of the Note 3! Really want that new interface/TouchWiz!! (not to mention the new features too)

16. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

hoping for nrw UI w/ my note 2 that might defer me from getting a new phone

21. xperiaworld55

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

My galaxy note 10.1(2012) was working very good on jb4.1.2.after update of kitkat it is laging too much.if performance not becomes better, why they give updates... .....

22. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

I won't be surprised if they ditched update for sd600 variant as they ditched s3 with Exynos variant to update to kitkat. I don't think 1gb ram was hurdle for them to do this. Sd600 still is a great processor , don't know why Qualcomm stopped making it. It could've been perfect midranger in 2014.

24. miztrniceguy

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

My S4 is SGH-I337 and just got 4.4.4 I wonder about my S3 and Note 10.1

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