1. kolack's Avatar

    Can someone tell me what the official latest Android version for the S4 is? I have an update available on my phone for 4.3. Thanks.
    07-30-2016 01:13 AM
  2. nahoku's Avatar
    According to gsmarena... the S4 is upgradeable to Lollipop.
    07-30-2016 02:17 AM
  3. kolack's Avatar
    Should that come as an OTA update? Is there any reason then why I'm only being informed about an update to 4.3?
    07-30-2016 04:08 AM
  4. nahoku's Avatar
    I really have no idea as I don't own a S4. I just Google'd the specs. Depending on your model number and carrier it's possible they didn't release Lollipop for your phone. You might need to speak to your carrier.
    07-30-2016 06:14 AM
  5. kolack's Avatar
    I installed the 4.3 update that was available and now it's installing each consecutive version. It's currently downloading KitKat. Surprised my phone was notifying me of the updates, just manually checked today.

    Can't really see the point of installing each consecutive version but anyway...
    07-30-2016 06:27 AM
  6. nahoku's Avatar
    I agree... funky way to update! Well, at least it's going, so perhaps you'll end up in LP. Good luck!
    07-30-2016 06:57 AM
  7. ankyjorge's Avatar
    The AT&T Galaxy S4 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update began rolling out on April 7 via an OTA update
    Here is the news link: https://www.androidpit.com/galaxy-s4-android-update
    07-30-2016 06:59 AM
  8. kolack's Avatar
    Is Lollipop known to run well on the S4? Best to continue updating to that?
    07-30-2016 08:04 AM
  9. anon(632115)'s Avatar
    Lollipop works fine on the S4
    07-30-2016 10:32 AM
  10. kolack's Avatar
    Lollipop works fine on the S4
    I've just done the update to KitKat and I really like this coming from Jellybean. I might play around a bit on KitKat for a bit before doing the Lollipop update. Lollipop looks good though, is performance about the same? KitKat has a smaller footprint making for better performance right, at least over Jellybean anyway?
    07-30-2016 08:30 PM
  11. nahoku's Avatar
    I can't answer your question about performance because I don't own a S4. However, I have both my Note 4 and Note 10.1 2014 locked to Kitkat. It runs fast, smooth, and well on my devices. I'm very biased to KK because when LP first came out for my VZW Note 4, I updated it. Less than a day running LP and I already disliked what I call "white blindness" of all the menus... they took away the item separators so everything is just white! Also, the floating icon in Contacts gets in the way of long names forcing me to constantly scroll the list just to read the name. They also changed the color of the Notification shade pull down... it got lighter, which makes contrast with white lettering harder to see. Those are just some of the things I don't like... there are more, but it was mostly the UI that I disliked. After that less-than-a-day-run, I reverted my Note 4 back to KK. And luckily so, because with the next updates the carriers pushed out, they updated the bootloader so you couldn't downgrade anymore. A lot of people got stuck on LP whether they liked it or not! That was a few months ago, but since then, XDA members have not only unlocked the bootloader but also obtained permanent root for Verizon Note 4's. When I got my tablet, I locked it to KK right away! I will never update my devices beyond KK... but that's just me.

    If you decide you want to try LP, do research first to see if your phone can be reverted back to KK. If for some reason you don't like LP, you might end up stuck on it for a long time! Lastly, you should look into blocking the automatic update so the phone doesn't just update while you're sleeping or something. And if LP has already downloaded to your phone, you might want to clear the cache partition in recovery or the phone can force the update on it's own, even if you elect not to have it update when it asks you.

    Then again, LP might be nice for you. My preference is Kitkat!
    07-30-2016 10:25 PM
  12. kolack's Avatar
    I'm so far happy with KitKat, seems like a big improvement over jellybean, very smooth. I'll hold off on LP for now, find out if it can be reverted and read some reviews. Cheers!
    nahoku likes this.
    07-31-2016 05:39 AM

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