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AT&T is rolling out Android 5.0.1 Lollipop for its Samsung Galaxy S4

The update is a pretty hefty 947MB, so naturally AT&T is requiring that Galaxy S4 owners use their Wi-Fi connections to grab the Lollipop file. Here's what users can expect after they download and install the update, according to AT&T's support page:

Android 5.0 Lollipop Highlights

  • Songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one Android device can be immediately enjoyed across all of your Android devices.
  • New User Interface look and feel, more fluid motions
  • Priority mode to only allow certain notifications to get through
  • Battery saving features and remaining time left to charge or deplete indicators
  • Smart Lock to secure phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like a wearable or car
  • Most frequently used settings available with just two swipes down from the top screen

In addition, the update will also remove the Code Scanner, Browser Bar and Softcard apps from the Galaxy S4. The new build number for the smartphone will be LRX22C.1337UCUGOC3 after the installation is completed. AT&T has already rolled out Lollipop to other Android devices including the LG G3 and the 2014 Moto X.

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  • S5????WTF?
  • It's like they're purposely updating everything else in their lineup. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe they are just trolling s5 users now Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree with bgreezy20 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got the S5 Lollipop update yesterday. Posted on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Samsung Galaxy S5. Which one is it?
  • Seriously?!? So glad I'm dropping this S5 like a bad habit. Wish I could drop AT&T. Slap to the face. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's exactly what they want you to do, and exactly why the update hasn't been rolled out for S5 yet. It's a marketing gig.
  • Why can't you drop AT&T?
  • I'm debating switching tomorrow. But, my switching has nothing to do with this: it works out to where switching to T-Mobile nets me a Note 4, more data per month, and only an increase of $4 per month versus what I'm currently paying at AT&T.
  • You also get a slower network and a smaller one.
  • How do you figure? Unless you've lived everywhere in the US, you wouldn't possibly know. Smaller? Sure. Slower? Not a chance. I had T-Mobile, before I switched to AT&T; T-Mobile was definitely faster. But, again, that depends on the area.
    Having a Verizon iPad and a T-Mobile Note 4, I don't think I'll run into too many coverage gaps.
  • My opinion: go to T-Mobile if you live in the major city and don't travel a lot Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, I do travel a fair amount. But, even while traveling, I've never really had too much of an issue with no signal. I do carry a Verizon iPad as a secondary device, just in case. I'd stay with AT&T, but they are slaughtering the hell out of my pockets lol.
  • T-Mobile is terrible if you travel. Really, I even hit places where Verizon drops to 3G, so no network is perfect, but T-Mobile literally has like only 40% of the network size of AT&T and even smaller compared to Verizon. Or, at least it feels that way. I had them for a couple of years, and I just had to let them go. The prices *are* amazing, but you get what you pay for. The reason why Verizon and AT&T do not budge on their prices so much, even with Sprint and T-Mobile being super aggressive (yes they will adjust some, but not too much) is because they are very, very aware of how poor those networks are compared to their own. As for network speeds, it may be faster in some areas. They have less customers than AT&T and Verizon by quite a margin, but the need for ridiculous speeds on a smartphone or Tablet just aren't there, especially when Data is Capped to Throttled at certain thresholds. If you keep an eye out for promotions, though, you can get a great deal on the other carriers. I got a Permanent 15GB Shared Data Plan for the price of a 4GB Plan on Verizon (provided I don't leave them and then come back, at which point of course I'll be SoL) :-P With that high a cap, I don't really need unlimited. Unlimited on T-Mobile for the longest time was "5GB then we throttle you into uselessness," anyways.
  • Joke would be on you - T-Mobile is just about the only carrier that does not have Lollipop for the Note 4. At present they're trying to blame samsung for it, whom is blaming T-Mobile. Looks like it's gonna be a while.
  • You're assuming that I care about updates as much as you do.
    That's adorable.
    I have a life outside of my phone. And, if I were chasing updates, I could always just root and ROM.
  • Some people use their phones for life, unless you think they are just toys (and then I completely understand your stance). Phone updates can enhance usability and bring functionality that improve use cases people may care about. They also squash bugs, and in the Android ecosystem you usually have to wait for major updates to squash long-standing bugs. The OEMs do not dish out maintenance patches in record time like Apple does. It would be nice if Google could separate updates to the Network Stack from Updates to the Base OS, that way the OEMs can handle their own software updates, and the Carriers only have to approve and and test the parts that affect cellular connectivity, etc. (and can be updated independently of the base update - sort of like how you can update Windows independent of the Drivers; provided the driver model didn't change and you need completely updated drivers for the hardware to even be usable on the updated OS).
  • Appears the S5 will get it 4/8 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow really at&t s4 update before the s5 smh... Posted via the Android Central App
  • S4 came out way before the S5...
  • Exactly. They're supporting older devices first. That doesn't make sense. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Status quo...meh. Patiently waiting... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seriously? Is the S5 really not that compatible with AT&T's bloatware? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Gaaaaaaaaahhhh! >:-[ [disgruntled Sprint Note 3 user] Posted via the Android Central App
  • AT&T is a complete joke
  • 947 mb holy crap.... Posted from my Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • Doesn't mean that the space taken up will be that much more Where was Rick Grimes when we needed him a few 1000 years ago. He could have prevented all this stupidity.
  • Now this is funny Posted via the Android Central App
  • You have got to be kidding me.
  • Att is soooo slow! Naturally I can expect them to do the S4 before the s5. The S4 did come out first. Posted via Android Central App
  • It should be newer to older Posted via the Android Central App
  • It should be newer to older Posted via the Android Central App
  • Okay, we have supposed improvements. What areas the downsides of updating?
  • This is one of the reasons why I pre-ordered my S6 Edge from Sprint for free who has awesome service in my area. Cutting my bill, unlimited data, and paying off this S5 who is STILL RUNNING KIT KAT! Just got my tracking number... Posted from my Galaxy S5
  • Depending on location; sprint is a joke. I had them and switched back to AT&T. I can deal with slow updates but not slow or no connection at all
  • Depending on location, any carrier can be considered a joke. There, I fixed that for you.
  • +1! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Awesome. Talk about much needed, touchwiz on the S4 looks absolutely aweful IMO. Most S4 users should be pleased with the update Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • I'm not looking forward to this update. Hopefully Samsung fixed the memory leaks that are experienced on the Nexus 7. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My gs5 doesn't have any glaring memory leaks with lollipop... Id assume if it's fixed there it's fixed in the gs4? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Samsung? Nexus 7? Wha...?
  • Wow AT&T how you have fallen SMH! Its usually Verizon and Sprint that are laging far behind when it comes to updates but S4 before the S5 and the M8 is just getting the 5.0 update when the other 3 carriers have already had it for a little bit now. I would understand it if AT&T was waiting for the 5.0.2 or the 5.1 update but to come out with 5.0.1 is just a joke to me.
  • Tmobile is really late to the game as well with updating the Note 4 to Lollipop, they better have something seriously good up their sleeve when the update does come.
  • Whee! maybe this will fix my stoopid randomly disappearing/reappearing icons problem, or my random email signin errors, or my random TouchWiz has stopped errors, or... Which would be nice since I'm kind of stuck with this phone till August or September because I don't want to have to pay to upgrade.
  • When you get the update, do a factory reset Where was Rick Grimes when we needed him a few 1000 years ago. He could have prevented all this stupidity.
  • My wife is rocking this thing on Cricket... how will we apply the update since we won;t be able to reach the ATT server? Her phone is still on 4.4.2, not the newer 4.4.4 build
  • Maybe it's available via Kies.
  • yeah, no go. says I am up to date (4.4.2) I dont know why i dont see 4.4.4 or higher. This is an unrooted, stock phone too.
  • Just checked on my Mom's as well, same thing. Watch this model be left in the is a shame that AT&T didn't update simultaneously like Sprint does with their prepaid subsidiaries(because they are the same phone models) where as the Cricket model S4 is 'Z" model compared to the AT&T model.
  • Words cannot express my infuriation at this point with the Huge Slap in the face to S5 owners on AT&T.. Posted via the Android Central App using my Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Agreed. However, I think atnt's issue getting the S5 has to do with the fact that the original 5.0.1 update pushed out by other carriers hd a ton of issues. They're being extermely cautious with the S5 update and probably waiting until they can roll out 5.0.2 for it. Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Makes sense. Posted via the Android Central App on my Xperia Z3 Compact or Blackberry Z10
  • Soooo...please tell me...when will the new lg4 be coming to a store near you Posted via Android Central App
  • This is really stupid,2 months later and it's not even Android 5.0.2 Lollipop lol.Galaxy S5 still haven't get Android 5.0 yet
  • This is absolutely ridiculous! Next it'll be the S3 that gets the update! LOL!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • 5.0.1? Not 5.1?
    Posted via my Nexus 6 which I had to hack 5.1 on because AT&T is blocking it for some unknown reason
  • Zomg why isn't my phone model updated yet?!?!? Patience, its not like your phones are going to explode or stop functioning without the update. Typing on a tmob N4 that's doesn't have L. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What the hell? Why not the S5? This is so stupid.
  • I am willing to get they are going to release Lollipop on the G S5 after the S6 comes out...
  • Thanks to Samsung and AT&T, Galaxy S5 is going to be my first and last Android device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What kind of issues does your s5 have on kitkat? I wonder if lollipop addresses those for you... only time will tell. I hope it all works out
  • Very slow in opening apps.
    Specifically apps made by Google.
    I'm on the road, need directions, opening Google Maps takes more than a minute.
    Camera takes up way too long to open or respond. I clean my Cache regularly.
    Even formatted the phone last week, to no respite.
    I hardly have apps running. The only apps I care for are gmail, Google Maps, basic music app (when driving), Google Hangouts and the phone calling app. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Damn.. I would want the update too. good luck, hope all that gets ironed out
  • Lol. Posted via the Android Central App
  • in my opinion, it makes more sense for them to update the S4 first. S4 owners are more apt to buy the new galaxy device in regards to their device being around 2 years old. An S5 owner might not see the same value in buying a brand new S6 if the OS is the updated version, a handset that is only a year old, water resistant, removable battery, and has an SD slot. It.'s purely a business move, even as crappy as it may be.
  • hit the nail on the head Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am really considering sending an email to the AT&T CEO. This is getting pathetic. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm sure they are waiting to read it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • make it a stern email. mkay?
  • I'm sure he'll get right on it after that email, lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Anyone know when the s4 active will get the update on at&t ota?
  • S4 Active? Probably never. If it does come out, expect in a few months. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Anyone know another source for this update? It's not on kies yet, and we left suck ass AT&T two years ago. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They are just wait to give the s5 5.1... DA Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just downloaded the update to my s4 and the install process stopped suddenly. Any ideas?
  • I've had the same problem! It takes FOREVER to download it, and then when it reboots to install, it gets to 30 something percent and stops. I've tried twice now...
  • Same problem here. Downloaded twice and update failed at ~30%. Going to see is Samsung at bestbuy can "flash" it tomorrow. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That happened once... I saw there was about 1 GB of space left. Made some backups to free up about 2GB more. Retried the update and it worked. Don't know if it just required more space though... Could be
  • I found the same thing. Should have checked that last night. Installed early this morning. So far so good. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I found the same thing. Should have checked that last night. Installed early this morning. So far so good. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I had just under 3 GB free on the phone and it would NOT install. Downloaded three straight nights and got the "install interrupted" message at 25%. Sure enough, uninstalling just enough apps to get above 3 GB of free space fixed everything. It installed this time. And it's nice. But... why doesn't an installer know what it needs and tell you?
  • I bet at&t s5 will beat t mobile's note4 to lollipop. Lol.. alot of people are upset.
  • Wow I just sent my s4 to amazon for trade in for the gs6 .Now there bring lollipop go figure haha oh well my new gs6 already has 5.0 Posted via the Android Central App
  • AT&T may be a little slow on their rollout's, but never have I had a problem. In the process of downloading now. Will post again later when finished. Remember to clean your cache partition after the instillation.
  • Of course I checked for an update last night, and AT&T won't let me check again for another 8 hours. Anyone know how to reset that?
  • Change your date/time to the next day. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Worked! Posted via the Android Central App
  • But fuck my $950 note edge right? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, fuck in right in the butt. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Att just informed me the lollipop update for the galaxy s5 will start rolling out tomorrow.
  • Tim, I got the update last night on my S5. I was surprised. It is a huge download. Over 930 megs. Took a while, but it works great. Posted on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Samsung Galaxy S5. Which one is it?
  • Awesome guys!!! A long time thing is for sure. It will be a solid, stable update. Atnt isn't the type to push out buggy OTA's. What happened with the Verizon S5 update recently is NOT something you would see happening on Atnt Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • I wish Verizon S4 should get it too. My s5 got it months ago and I like it now that its stablized. I had AT& T many years ago and don't regret leaving for a second. Posted via Android Central App
  • At this point, my S6 Edge will be here and my Note 4 will be gone before TMobile sends out the Note 4 update.... terrible. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like that the update it seems to have fixed the animations, but I can't find the screen pinning option. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have the gs4 for At&t. When I try to do the ota manual update it says update interrupted. It also says I have the current software. Mine is only running Android 4.4.4.Thank You
  • Mines doing the same thing snd im getting mad if u find out how to fix it let me know please
  • Mines doing the same thing and i have tryed 3 times if u figure it out let me know please
  • Do you have the SIM card inserted? I got the error till I tried with the SIM. Apparently the AT&T update won't work without it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have it in i think i dont have enough space in available space it says u supposed to have over 3 GB to get it
  • Same here I've downloaded it 3 times, half way through the install the phone restarts and says "install interrupted". Sim is installed and I've tried it with and with out the sd card in it.
  • after three attempts I finally got mine to work, The person above said about having 3 gb internal free so I cleared out 3 gb and I rebooted into recovery mode to wipe the cache file after that it installed.
  • for what it's worth. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well then.....I guess we'll be having a very busy comment thread on here tomorrow regarding the atnt S5 if "atnt cares" is Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • I have a really bad feeling T-Mobile isn't going to update the S4 to lollipop just like they skipped over the S3 KitKat update.
  • Had Lollipop for a couple iof weeks on my EE OK but has slowed the phone down massively. [Yes....I have cleared the cache, factory reset etc] Its better than KitKat by a long way, just slow and laggy. I suppose a gs4 is an old phone these days though. Reluctant to upgrade it though cos it's a cracker and the gs6 impresses me none. I don't want to pay for curved screens and fancy glass backs just to bury it in an Otter box, and without that it'd last about a week!
    Incidentally, had problems getting phone and Sony smartwatch to communicate fluidly after update...odd, cos when phone was on 4.4.2 and watch on 5.0.1 they were happy together.
    Suggestions, advice, comments anyone?
  • My Note 4 got the update about two weeks ago from AT&T. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Frankly, I'm not really interested in 5.0.1 Lollipop (not with 5.2 out in the wild) but I understand everyone's frustration--especially those who have the new model phones. Yes--one big problem is that our carriers take too much time releasing OS updates (with their added bloatware). It too bad certain phone manufactures choose to involve carriers in the OS update release process (Apple being the exception--they were smart to keep the carriers for the most part--out of that process). As was mentioned by another commenter--people have been reporting problems with 5.0.1. I just wouldn't want to deal with those problems--knowing that it could take a very long time for a patch to be released.
  • FINALLY!!! Just started getting 1.4gb AT&T S5 software update for lollipop - more to come :-)
  • I took the update yesterday and everything went perfect on my I337. Blazing fast and the battery overnight was significantly better. As much as I would like to complain about AT&T, I think they did a great job with the update. Not one problem! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I downloaded the 947mb ota update. Went to install it and at 34% it said update failed....? Now it won't let me try again for 24hrs.
    Sucks... Galaxy S4
    I hope it doesn't make me re download the 947mb's again..
  • if you manually change your phones date to after the 24hrs it will let you now, I had the same problem some one said about having 3gb of internal memory free to install so after I cleared up some space it worked.
  • got the lollipop rollout today on my S5. its a huge 1.5 GB update. w/ all the bloatware and files on my phone, i was unable to download it. gonna try later on. since i have to wait 24 hours before i can recheck for update again-the work around is just simply change the phone date and recheck-works like charm...
  • Got my lollipop update yesterday and so far do not like it.
    It removed my apps from main screens and it will not let me put them back on there it says touch wiz has stopped unexpectedly.