Galaxy S4 Google Play edition Getting Android 5.1 update
Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition finally updated to Android 5.1 Lollipop. The new firmware update now roll-out by Samsung to the device by over-the-air (OTA).
The Google Play Edition program was created to provide a gateway for flagship Android smartphones manufactured by OEMs like Samsung and HTC to get stock Android experience. However, this Edition did not make the expected impact among potential buyers. Therefore, Google reportedly dropped this program.
When the Galaxy S4 was launched, Samsung did introduce a stock Android equivalent in the form of “Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition.” It is worth noting that the Galaxy S4 GPE is same as the original version in design and configurations, except for the UI. Samsung’s TouchWiz UI was replaced with stock Android.
Galaxy S4 Android 5.1 update details
Speaking of build details, the Galaxy S4 Android 5.1 update for Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE has reportedly been tied to the build number LMY47O. The GPE variant should currently be running on Android 5.0 with the build number LRX21P.
In case the notification does not arrive, it is also possible to manually check for the update by heading to Settings> About Phone> Software Updates. Though the update is currently rolling out over-the-air, you can flash it yourself with the OTA Zip file found here.