Samsung Galaxy S4 owners excited to experience Google’s newest mobile OS can now install Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
The official Android 5.0 firmware for the latest Samsung Galaxy devices is set for release soon.
Particularly, the official Lollipop build is rumored to roll out in December for early 2015.
However, tech fans who can’t wait for an OS update can now use a custom Android firmware, the CyanogenMod12, to be specific.
Officially, the latest firmware build released for the Samsung Galaxy S4, according to GSM Arena, is the Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
But with the unofficial build of CM12, users can leap from a KitKat OS to the Lollipop firmware.
Since the CM12 custom ROM available for Samsung Galaxy S4 is still an unofficial build, users should expect various bugs and issues from the firmware.
The report on International Business Times noted that external SD card, GPS, NFC, and other features are not yet working in the CM12 custom ROM.
Furthermore, it noted that the unofficial CyanogenMod12 firmware for Samsung Galaxy S4 was shared by XDA member, AntaresOne.
Those who have Samsung Galaxy S4 and interested to install Android 5.0 Lollipop need to check the model number first.
Apparently, the CM12 unofficial build is only compatible with the unit equipped with Snapdragon 600.
This Samsung Galaxy S4 should carry the model number GT-I9505.
To verify your Galaxy S4’s model, go to Settings > About Phone > Model Number.
Before updating the S4’s OS, users also need to make sure that the phone still has 80 percent battery remaining to avoid power interruption during the installation process.
It is also recommended to create a backup of all important data stored on the phone using custom recovery tools.
To get the detailed instructions on how to install Android 5.0 Lollipop update on Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505, check out this link from IB Times.