You can now install the official Galaxy S4 Lollipop firmware, but only if you've got the GT-I9506 model

Samsung's been keeping busy with Android 5.0 Lollipop, trying to get the update out to qualifying devices as quickly as possible. Considering the weight of its proprietary TouchWiz UI (it's a 1GB update for the Galaxy S4!), however, it's obviously taking a while.

Some good news, though: Earlier today, German owners of the Snapdragon 800-based Galaxy S4 model (GT-I9506), available in several European markets and South Korea, started getting the mythical over-the-air update prompt. If you have the same model, you can get the firmware from Samsung-updates and flash it manually after following the instructions. Keep in mind that flashing Samsung firmware meant for a different region may lead to problems with receptions, as the included modem file may not be appropriate. 

If you own the older, GT-I9500 or GT-I9505 model, you can either sit tight or hunt down the firmware image that is already seeding in Russia. If you decide to be patient, it probably won't be long until you get it anyway – OTA updates usually work in phases. So, as long as no critical issues pop up, it's only a matter of time until your Galaxy S4 gets the new goodies. Users with carrier-branded GS4 will almost certainly have to wait longer, though.

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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. TyrionLannister unregistered

I have the i9500 and I have the lollipop firmware for 2 days. It's awesome.

2. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

How's the performance so far? battery holding up?

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

The performance has skyrocketed. The difference is almost unbelievable. I never even imagined that TouchWiz can run this fast. Regarding battery, I'm getting 5 hour on screen time vs 4 hour on kit kat. However, I'll wait for more time for better and more reliable data

4. Cicero

Posts: 1159; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I can confirm the 4 hours on screen time for KK on i9505.

5. ahmedabbas722

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

does this update adds the upsm ?????

6. TyrionLannister unregistered

Nope. The UPSM and toolbox are reserved for the s5. However, the battery life itself is significantly improved.

8. ozzlemus

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

hey Tyrion! i have a few questions about it. Could i contact you by private message or email? Greetings from Venezuela

7. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

That's been my biggest question too

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