Exclusive Preview: Android 5.0 Lollipop on Samsung Galaxy S4, new TouchWiz UI on-board

After providing you folks exclusive previews of Android 5.0 test builds running on the Galaxy S5, the day has finally arrived when we shift the spotlight from the Galaxy S5 to Samsung’s last year Galaxy S flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. Last week, it came to our attention that Samsung had begun testing Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy S4, and was making remarkable progress with it as well.

After hearing that, we wanted to try it ourselves. So, thanks to our elite friends, we managed to score an internal build of Lollipop for the Galaxy S4. We have been testing the build on our device for a few days now, but as Samsung just started testing it, there are bugs everywhere and the build is nowhere near daily driver material. Keeping that in mind, we can’t leak this particular build, but we can give all of you Galaxy S4 users a sneak peek at what’s coming your way.

As you can see in the video above, the Korean giant has given the Galaxy S4 its latest Lollipop-optimised TouchWiz UI, which is the same one we previewed on the Galaxy S5’s Lollipop builds. Samsung has also ported the Galaxy S5’s TouchWiz launcher with My Magazines and Popping Colours lockscreen effect to the Galaxy S4, and overhauled the look of its proprietary system apps – phone, messaging, contacts, calculator, clock etc – due to Google’s new design guidelines.

The firmware is based on an early Lollipop code (LRX02E), instead of the final Lollipop code base (LRX21M) Google dropped three days ago, hence there’s no Lollipop branding/easter egg in the firmware. As it’s a test build, we can’t really talk about performance, but it feels much faster and responsive than KitKat. Also, memory management seems a lot better than before.

Samsung is still working on TouchWiz and Android Lollipop, so things might change in the final build. If you would like to know the changes Samsung has done to TouchWiz to make it compatible with Android 5.0 Lollipop, check out our Lollipop coverage for the Galaxy S5 because it’s pretty much the same for the Galaxy S4.

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methodman225
1 year 2 months ago

Hi,
Please can you give me the link to get this firmware for I-9500?
Thanks

Amr Azmy
1 year 2 months ago

When it will realise in egypt ? It’s Awsome andorid

ahsanali1528
1 year 4 months ago

I have updated my S4 to lollipop 5.0.1 but there is some problem in while connecting wifi, which was not in kit kat 4.4. How to fix it?

xJustiinsane
1 year 5 months ago

Wil je alsjeblieft leren engels praten? Je maakt hollanders zo echt belachelijk! Articuleer beter en doe alsjeblieft eens godsganze een beetje moeite om engels te klinken. Dit slaat nergens op..

ahmadrnazzal
1 year 5 months ago

donlowad

fabio885
1 year 6 months ago

pleaseeee realese the rom. i love it

bosson med
1 year 7 months ago

heey What about the GT-I9505 lollipop plzzz

pedramm2
1 year 7 months ago

Galaxy s5(sm-g900h) plz update to android 5.0

arch421
1 year 7 months ago

Bring an Update for GT-I9500XXUGNH6 PLEASE !

arch421
1 year 7 months ago

Bring an Update for GT-I9500XXUGNF6 PLEASE !

arch421
1 year 7 months ago

Is this available in GT-i9500 ?? I waiting for the Update 5.0 Lollipop !

MarkAl3x
1 year 7 months ago

Where can I download it Please for Samsung I9505

fabio885
1 year 6 months ago

pleaseeee realese the rom. i love it

maxo10
1 year 7 months ago

the colors are for gays. horrible design. sorry but it’s a fact. green/orange/yellow/lightblue on white background on a black phone. omg

maxo10
1 year 7 months ago

someways, 5.0 is the first rom I’m not happy to waiting for it and maybe will not update too

jessica22
1 year 8 months ago

What about the GT-I9505 ? Will it get the update ? if so, when ?

totoachazo
1 year 8 months ago

What about the GT-I9505 ? Will it get the update ? if so, when ?

McBriV0512
1 year 8 months ago

Cant wait to try this new Touchwiz UI and Andoid L. I just have a few questions or rather some hope that it will get the ff:
1. Will the Weather widget get the transparency option?
2. Seeing that the Ultra Power Saving mode works well and is perfectly ported on 4.4.2 as seen on a lot of roms on XDA, will this also be included?
3. and as pointed by a lot here, an option to change theme to dark mode?

Thanks!!

McBriV0512
1 year 8 months ago

Sorry, just read the Forum rules and noticed the “thanks!!” wasnt allowed.

franzerelli
1 year 8 months ago

Nice to have a forum but still no answers. When do you roll out this rom?

Garipe
1 year 8 months ago

estaría bueno que le agreguen radio FM y se ve mas o menos, yo sigo con kitkat es mejor, en ese se ve muy básico los colores y va ser un gran consumidor de batería. digo yo :P

Ahmedstars
1 year 8 months ago

ok

migue7d
1 year 8 months ago

awesome i love my s4! by the way, does anyone knwos if the sprint version will get lollipop?

sbarbu12
1 year 8 months ago

Nice but all that white colours will decrease the autonomy faster and a lot of complains will appear, maybe it will have an option to change the themenor sth like that :)

steph01027
1 year 8 months ago

awesome!
thx samsung!!! I want for i9505

shibmalyadada
1 year 8 months ago

nice when will this firmware be rolling out for us?? PLEASE REPLY..
Love it…

yuk1
1 year 8 months ago

Oh my.. Thats what i waiting from Samsung.. Keep up Samsung.. Cant wait..

netuser
1 year 8 months ago

Look very nice for an early build, though as some said already the while background will be battery eater.I hope they can put option to chose white or black, that will be cool.

Also Ultra Power Saving mode will be nice if they can add it. we already seen that it is perfectly ported and working on 4.4.2 as seen on TW Roms on Xda. I hope samsung will add it.

Cant wait to try :)

 
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