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Galaxy S4 Black Edition gets Android 5.0.1 Lollipop


Samsung has begun rolling out its Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S4 Black Edition. Owners in the U.K. appear to be receiving the software first, but it should be available to those in other markets very soon.

While the black Galaxy S4 may have a special name, its software is identical to that of other models. Just like the Lollipop update that rolled out in Russia back in February, then, this one includes lots of visual improvements throughout TouchWiz, including revamped versions of Samsung’s own applications.

It also adds Lollipop features like Smart Lock, lock screen notifications, and the improved multitasking view; while the switch to the ART runtime should result in significantly better performance and battery life, breathing a new lease of life into this year-old smartphone.

You should be able to download Android 5.0.1 now over-the-air, or via Samsung’s KIES application for Mac and PC if you live in the U.K.

Providing there are no problems with this build, we can expect to see Lollipop making its way to other Black Edition devices in other markets over the coming weeks.


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