Some Galaxy S4 users around the world were delighted to find an over the air update on their devices last week. This OTA update upgraded their Android version to Lollipop.
Unfortunately, the Lollipop rollout on the Galaxy S4 has been shrouded in mystery. Some users have received their updates, and others haven’t – and carriers aren’t exactly announcing release dates.
Confused about when your S4 is getting the rollout? Here are 5 important things to know:
5) It Will Roll Out to Almost All Devices in May
The Galaxy S4 Lollipop rollout has been gradually building up momentum in April, although most Galaxy S4 users still don’t have it.
That should change in May, when almost all devices are expected to receive the OTA Lollipop update. Some have indicated that the rollout could extend into early June – especially for international Android users. So don’t get too freaked out if you don’t see Lollipop on your device in May.
4) The Rollout Has Been Underway for 3 Months
The S4 Lollipop rollout is one of the longest rollouts in recent memory. It has taken months to gradually spread the update across S4 devices – and many more updates still need to be installed. The first two updates have already hit some devices in the United States (both for AT&T), and there was one major international update.
Still, we haven’t seen most major carriers update their devices in major marketplaces. To this day, major carriers still haven’t announced any details of the update, which typically means it’s still being finalized and tweaked in-house.
Carriers like Rogers (Canada) and Optus, Vodafone, or Telstra (Australia) have remained totally silent about the Galaxy S4’s details.
3) T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular Haven’t Released Any Details So Far
The two major U.S. Lollipop updates that have taken place so far have both been for the Galaxy S4 on AT&T. Aside from AT&T, we don’t know very much about the other U.S. carriers. Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon haven’t announced any plans about the Lollipop rollout.
It is possible that these carriers aren’t updating their S4 devices at all, hoping users upgrade to the newest S6 instead. In reality, however, the updates are probably slowly making their way through each carrier’s in-house department. Expect the major carriers to update their devices soon.
2) We Don’t Know About Life After Lollipop
Android 5.1 is reportedly in the early stages of development. Because it’s in the early stages, we have no idea when it’s coming out or what to expect.
Making matters worse is that Samsung isn’t releasing any details about the future of the Galaxy S4’s software updates. The company doesn’t typically talk about updates until just before they’re released. Will the S4 get any future Android updates? Will Samsung ditch Android altogether? We just don’t know.
1) Don’t Expect to Hear Release Dates from U.S. Carriers
One of the weirdest parts about owning an Android device is that users rarely know when their devices are about to be upgraded. U.S. carriers are notoriously bad for release date information.
Typically, carriers will announce release date information on the day of the Android version’s release. That kind of defeats the point.
In any case, don’t expect to hear about Android Lollipop release dates for the Galaxy S4 until they’re just about to be released, which should take place sometime between May and June of this year.