The flagship smartphone of Samsung in 2013, the Galaxy S4, will officially get the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop very soon, but it is unlikely to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow given its age.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 came out early in 2013 with the Android 4.4 KitKat onboard but when the Android 5.0 Lollipop was released in November last year, the Korean tech giant’s former flagship smartphone also got the official updates several months later or around early this year.
While Samsung did not release official updates of the Android 5.1 Lollipop to the Galaxy S4, several custom ROM were eventually released that put the firmware update on the device, the same way they did to its very popular predecessor, the Galaxy S3.
As custom ROM also enabled Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to make its way to the Samsung Galaxy S3, owners of the Galaxy S4 know that the same firmware update is applicable to their units as well.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the better flagship smartphones of the Korean tech giant. In fact, it has raised the bar so high that when the Samsung Galaxy S5 came out last year with very little improvements from the Galaxy S4, it became Samsung’s biggest undoing.
Apart from losing its grip to the reputation as the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer to Apple last year, Samsung also experienced three successive quarters of falling revenues for the very first time.
As sort of a well-deserved tribute or courtesy to the Galaxy S4, Samsung has reportedly included it to the roster of devices which have been confirmed to be receiving the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop very soon, which are under the four major mobile carriers in the US including, Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular, and AT&T, reports Venture Capital Post.
Samsung Galaxy S4 will join other Samsung devices which are expecting to receive the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop anytime soon including the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy S6 Edge, the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy Grand Prime, the Galaxy Core Prime, the Galaxy Mega 2, the Galaxy J1, the Galaxy Note 3, and the Galaxy Note 4.
It is expected also that Samsung devices from 2014 onwards will also be getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update when it rolls out anytime soon as well but it is unlikely that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will get it, at least officially that is. Just like in the past, it is likely that several custom ROM will be developed to bring Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Galaxy S4 unofficially.
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Galaxy S4 via custom ROM
Meanwhile, Neurogadget reported that there is a new custom ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S4 that shall come with new features and improvements that the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop should be able to bring.
The new custom ROM is developed by Team Radium using the Cyanogen Mod, however those Galaxy S4 users should remember that the device needs to be rooted first because it cannot take in the custom ROM Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update if it is not. The battery of the smartphone should at least be 70% full because the installation process takes a long time to complete.
Typical with installing custom ROM firmware update, users need to download both the custom ROM Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update and the Google Apps zip file from the internet to the computer.
The Galaxy S4 can just be connected to the computer via a USB cable and the user can just transfer the zip files to the root directory of the microSD card. Once through, the user can just disconnect the Galaxy S4 and reboot it in Recovery mode.
In the Recovery mode, the user can just tap on the ‘Install zip from your SD card’ and select the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM zip file which shall then complete the installation.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is already more than two years old, but it continues to be a desirable smartphone to many of its loyal users.