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

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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posted on 03 Nov 2014, 06:35 5

1. barcas (Posts: 54; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)

YES I AM! (nutty prof yes i can)

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 06:37 3

2. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 104; Member since: 04 May 2012)

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

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 06:58 8

8. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 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.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 07:04 3

10. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 933; Member since: 03 Jul 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.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 14:55

20. oister85 (Posts: 501; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Android is bad ass.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 08:00 3

13. DroidMystic (Posts: 89; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 10:13 1

17. UglyFrank (Posts: 1939; Member since: 23 Jan 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.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 06:37 5

3. proto (Posts: 59; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 07:18

11. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 07:46

12. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

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

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 10:21 2

18. UglyFrank (Posts: 1939; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 11:00

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.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 06:38

4. MeGustaHC (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Yay! Haha.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 06:45

5. Spedez (Posts: 514; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)

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

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 06:51 1

6. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1322; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)

The beauty of 5.0 is marred by TouchWiz...

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 06:57 1

7. Tolooei (Posts: 32; Member since: 24 Oct 2014)

HTC With Sense Was provided to 90 days!

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 07:01 1

9. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 933; Member since: 03 Jul 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).

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 08:05

14. Stevo.Tombola (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 08:07

15. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 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)

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 08:37

16. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 854; Member since: 11 May 2013)

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

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 21:04

21. xperiaworld55 (Posts: 12; Member since: 08 Sep 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... .....

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 22:15

22. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 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.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 20:55

24. miztrniceguy (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Nov 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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