When it comes to software updates, Samsung has become known as one of the better Android manufacturers out there. While their rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop might not have been exactly swift, Samsung have a lot of devices to update, and some of them are getting fairly old in smartphone terms these days. The Galaxy S4 was released by Samsung back in 2013 and while it continues to be a fairly decent smartphone, it’s not exactly brand new. As such, it’s nice to see Samsung updating older devices with little fuss, and the GT-I9505 model of the Galaxy S4 is currently being updated to Android 5.0.2 across the pond in the UK.
As usual, this isn’t going to revamp your Galaxy S4 or anything like that, and you’ll be left with a TouchWiz similar to the one the Galaxy S4 has always shipped with, but Samsung have made some big improvements under-the-hood. For one thing, this update should make your device feel quite a bit faster, and of course it gives your Samsung smartphone the latest version of Android being Lollipop. Having the latest version of Android is good for a number of reasons, it’ll give you access to all the latest apps – Google or otherwise – and you’ll also have the latest security patches and bugfixes straight from Google.
This latest update is only for the GT-I9505 model of the Galaxy S4, often referred to as the LTE model, and it comes with a software build of I9505XXUHOB7. Some users have been reporting that they’ve been able to apply this update through KIES on devices bought outside of the UK, but you do this at your own risk of course. If anything, it’s just good to see Samsung continuing their rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop to previous devices. Samsung still has some ways to go before having updated everything to Android 5.0 Lollipop, and with Android 5.1 now available from Google, it looks like there’s no rest for the wicked. Let us know in the comments down below if this update is working out okay for you and what, if anything, you’ve noticed that’s much different!