The Samsung Galaxy S4 is among the Galaxy S series smartphones that received the Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
However, there is already a new Android 5.0.1 Lollipop that is being rolled out in some parts of Europe and Asia. For users in the US and other parts of Europe, it is yet to be official when these updates will be available, but it is likely to be very soon.
After the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update arrived in Russia, it was later spotted in India. However, it has yet to feature for many other countries across the globe. Users of Galaxy S4 living in Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia can enjoy updates to their Samsung smartphones, a strong indicator that this firmware is due for imminent release in Europe.
There are some improvements and enhancements as well as new features that are expected to be included in the new OS for S4 users. A key enhancement will be a new and refreshed TouchWiz user interface.
How to manually install Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on a Galaxy S4
Since the international firmware of Android 5.0.1 Lollipop for Galaxy S4 is available online, you can update your mobile phone manually without having to wait until your carrier avails the update for your device. This procedure is very simple.
You can do this by using the Samsung Kies application. Just download the Samsung Kies latest version and install it on your PC. Connect your phone to your PC using a USB cable and Kies will immediately notify you of any updates for the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop firmware. If it doesn’t, you can do a manual installation using Odin. Here’s how:
Before going ahead with this installation, here are a few things you should keep in mind. First, the firmware release for this new Lollipop OS is Russian; however, it will work on any international Galaxy S4. If you are using a carrier-branded S4, you may encounter problems with this manual installation of the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop firmware. Be warned that you are about to disrupt the normal functioning of your device and there are risks involved, so beware of these risks before proceeding.
First, you need a number of software applications that include Samsung drivers, the latest version of Odin, as well as the Android firmware for the Galaxy S4. Also ensure that your phone is fully charged and that USB Debugging Developer options are enabled just in case troubleshooting is required at some stage. Create a backup of your data.
Galaxy S4 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop firmware installation instructions
- Unzip the S4 Android firmware on your PC
- Install Odin and launch it.
- Restart your Galaxy S4 in download mode by pressing Power + Volume Down + Home buttons
- Connect your phone to your PC via a USB cable and wait for a few seconds before Odin detects it.
- In Odin, make sure F. Reset and Auto-Reboot are the only checked options.
- Also ensure Re-Partition is by no chance checked.
- Click on the AP button and then look for the tar.md5 file inside the unzipped files. Hit start.
- Wait until the process finalizes. This may take some time, so be patient.
- When the process is done, you’ll see a green “Pass” message on the screen.
- Your Samsung Galaxy S4 will restart and it should now be running on the latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop.
If you had backed up your data, it is time you restore it to your device. In case of any weird behavior, you can restart your S4 in Fastboot by pressing and holding the Volume Up + Power + Home buttons and with the help of the volume keys, navigate through the options. Use the Power button to access the Recovery Mode.
You can also do a factory reset if worse comes to worst and then restore your data once more. However, make sure to do it in Recovery Mode.
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