Samsung Galaxy S4 running on Android 5.0 Lollipop detailed
So far, we have seen the test builds of Android 5.0 Lollipop on the current Samsung flagship smartphone, Galaxy S5. Now, the last year Samsung flagship smartphone Galaxy S4 has started flashing with the update. Those folks at SamMobile have managed to grab an internal build of Android Lollipop for the Galaxy S4 and have been testing it for a while. However, the report claims that as it is in the early stages of testing, there are numerous bugs all over.
They also posted a video showing the TouchWiz UI optimized for Lollipop update that remains the same as the one shown on Galaxy S5 as well. Samsung appears to have ported the TouchWiz launcher from the current flagship model with My Magazines and Popping Colors lock screen effect to the Galaxy S4. Also, the overall look of the system applications such as phone, contacts, messaging, clock calculator and others have also been redesigned as per the new design guidelines.
The report adds on that the firmware is based on an early Lollipop build LRX02E and not the final one LRX21M, hence there is no Lollipop branding or easter egg in the firmware. Though nothing about its performance is known for now, it does feel faster and more responsive with better memory management.
In a related report, SamMobile came up with a new video that shows the differences between Galaxy S4 running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Android 5.0 Lollipop. As far as user interface is concerned, the Galaxy S4 will be like a new device as the TouchWiz will be replaced by the newer version as in the Galaxy S5. Also, there are numerous changes to the look of the software on the updated device.
There are changes in the way one can set home screen wallpaper, redesigned settings, messaging and dialer apps and more. On the performance forefront, the last year flagship model appears to have received a boost. On the whole, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update appears to instill a new life to the Galaxy S4.