Android 5.0 Lollipop is the latest mobile OS from Google and has already received massively positive reviews after the developer preview was released. The Galaxy S4 is one of the flagships of 2013 that many tech enthusiasts still own, or are planning to own. Many might have been wondering whether the Galaxy S4 would be receiving the new OS from Google. Now we know. Yes, there is a Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update in the making and the OTA should arrive early next year.
Android 5.0 Lollipop stands out with Material Design and revamped notifications systems, but the most important thing about the new mobile OS is that it supports (and encourages) 64 bit configurations. 64 bit smartphones are a rising trend and we expect to see many more mid-range and flagships smartphones adopt the architecture. While the Galaxy S4 isn’t 64 bit, nor is it the latest flagship from Samsung, it still is among the most popular smartphones in the world. A Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update should be a welcome addition to the handset.
The Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update is rumored to go out to units with Exynos chipsets early next year. We haven’t heard much about the Snapdragon touting Galaxy S4, but we suppose that that should get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, too, since it still is in Samsung’s firmware update window. Our guess is that both the Exynos and Snapdragon Galaxy S4 units will be getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, just not at the same time. The Galaxy S5 should also be receiving the OTA in December, so Samsung and Google are really working it out. While the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 will be skinned with TouchWiz, they should still be excellent iterations of Google’s new mobile OS. Even though the Galaxy S4 is last year’s flagship, we are glad to see that Samsung isn’t abandoning support for the handset.