The holidays have arrived early for those with a Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, who are now receiving their much-anticipated Lollipop upgrade over-the-air. The 492MB release brings Google’s Material Design makeover and lots of new features.
The Galaxy S4 is getting the original Android 5.0 Lollipop build, rather than the more recent Android 5.0.1 release that has been making its way to other Google Play Edition devices recently. You’re not missing out on much with the slightly older build, however; the more recent one simply brings some minor bug fixes.
In addition to Material Design, then, you can expect lock screen notifications, improved multitasking, write access to your microSD card, and significant battery life and performance improvements. You also get Smart Lock, which automatically disables lock screen security when your Android Wear watch is nearby.
Samsung is the fourth hardware maker to bring Lollipop to a Google Play Edition devices, following HTC’s updates to the One M7 and One M8, Motorola’s update for the original Moto G, and LG’s recent rollout for the LG G Pad 8.3 GPE.
Those with an original Galaxy S4 running Samsung’s own TouchWiz user interface can also expect a Lollipop upgrade, but it won’t be arriving until 2015. Samsung is currently focusing its efforts on bringing Lollipop to more recent devices, such as the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4.
If you’re a Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition owner and you haven’t already received your update notification, you should see it soon. If you’d prefer not to wait, you can download the OTA upgrade package from the XDA Developers forum via the link below and install it manually.