The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, better known as GPE, is receiving the Android 5.0.0 Lollipop update over the air. It’s amazing news for owners of last years flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, but terrible news for those who own this years galaxy S5 G900H. Sammy are annoying a great deal of people this year and the latest batch by the thousands is those S5 owners on the G900H model number variant. Anyhow, those reading this post surly are those lucky S4 owners so keep smiling!
There is one downside: the Lollipop software update is the 5.0.0 and not the 5.0.1 version that’s now rolling out to several handsets. Generally the later the better because the newest software comes with bug fixes for the original, plus further enhancements and other features. The purists out there probably wouldn’t mind tasting each stage of this candy though so there is some upside to installing the original Lollipop.
By now you Android fans already know 5.0 Lollipop comes with picking songs, photos and applications where you left off with a new live memory system, Material Design UI, Meterial Design app drawer design, support for multiple devices, updates to the camera app, new battery saving mode, new battery settings, security enhancements, smart notification with a bevy of new notification features and more. Some of the standout remaining features include new NFC with “tap and go” payments, a smoother and faster overall ROM and the new Quick Settings screen similar to iOS 8.
The UEUDNL3 software update is rolling out to all Google Play Edition smartphones over the air. OTA’s happen in periods to all devices, so you might already have the notification waiting or you may still be waiting several days until it comes your ways. Once you see the notification you can tap the download” followed by “install now” options and have the 500MB software package coming your way. You want to install this hefty file using the WiFi and not the mobile data plan. 500 MB’s is much too high to use the mobile data unless you are on a plane that’s dishing you out loads of excess memory. Furthermore, the phone carrier network is likely suffering from high traffic. use the WiFi to avoid the traffic.
Those preferring to skip the waiting line can download the official OTA zip here that’s available. There is no factory image yet, according to our sources from XDA Developers. You will lose root access by updating, so plan accordingly.