2013’s flagship from Samsung has not been forgotten. We’ve known for a long time that the phone would be getting Android Lollipop support, we just didn’t know when this would land exactly and what version we would end up getting. It seems US carrier Sprint has now officially released the new firmware update to the Galaxy S4. Owners of the phone will now be able to update to Android Lollipop 5.0, with all the goodies this brings. While Samsung is working on new versions of Lollipop for its main smartphones, the 5.0 version is already a big step forward for TouchWiz, the customary UI of Samsung. The company revamped a lot of features of its UI for Lollipop, and this is the case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 too.
A lot of the core Android Lollipop features were kept, with a nice integration of Material Design being introduced as well. Both the standard and Spark variants of the S4 are eligible for the Android Lollipop 5.0 update, and the new OS is being pushed out as we speak. However, it’s a large update, so not all phones will get the prompt to upgrade the firmware right away. You can expect to get the notification over the course of the next week though, assuming you don’t have it yet. Since we’re talking about a major update, we recommend using WiFi networks to download and install it in order to avoid additional carrier costs. A lot of issues that have been popping up on the Samsung Galaxy S5’s Android Lollipop version have been fixed right from the start here, and the update seems to be surprisingly stable and bug-free. Whereas the S5 is suffering from crashing apps, battery drain and connectivity issues, the Galaxy S4’s current Sprint update does not, so we can easily recommend grabbing it outright.
It’s frankly a delight to use. We also know that Samsung is going to keep providing updates to Lollipop for its Galaxy S4 versions, although what version we’ll be jumping to next remains unclear. It’s quite possible the tech giant will jump straight to Lollipop 5.1 and skip the 5.0.1 or 5.0.2 versions.
Have you gotten the update, and if so, what are your impressions? Let us know in the comment section below!