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AT&T's Galaxy S4 Active now receiving Android 5.0.1 Lollipop OTA

All those who purchased the AT&T Galaxy S4 Active a couple of years back will rejoice in finding Android 5.0.1 is now available as a FOTA update.
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April 22, 2015
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These days everyone has their eyes and ears focused on the gap that is the pending launch of the Galaxy S6 Active. Will it truly bring back the removable battery and microSD card support? Will it have a QHD display? Will it make use of a trio of physical buttons again? And what of the camera? Rumors are abound, but nothing solid has yet to be sold by Samsung. On the other hand, those who owned the older Galaxy Active devices are no doubt wondering when their past purchase will be laced with Lollipop. For those who purchased the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S4 Active (SGH-I537), the time is now.

Clocking in at around 1GB, Android 5.0.1 is now coming via OTA and requires a Wifi connection. If your device is set to automatically check for updates, it will inevitably show up in the near future. For those of a slightly less patient nature, you can manually check via the Settings/About Device/Software Update screen. Full details and instructions can be found at the end of the piece in the official update information from AT&T.

The changelog includes the following:

    • Songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one Android device can be immediately enjoyed across all of your Android devices.
    • New User Interface look and feel, more fluid motions
    • Priority mode to only allow certain notifications to get through
    • Battery saving features and remaining time left to charge or deplete indicators
    • Smart Lock to secure phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like a wearable or car
    • Most frequently used settings available with just two swipes down from the top screen

Interestingly enough, of the dozens of variants of Galaxy S4 Active devices released around the world, only a few others have it. This makes AT&T actually one of the first and shows some true carrier commitment. Just don’t hold your breath for Android 5.1.

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Update the Software for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active (i537) to Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

Update summary   

Effective April 21, 2015, AT&T will release the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) software update for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active (SGH-I537). The update is available to customers to download via Firmware Over The Air (FOTA). Wi-Fi is required for the update and depending on the customer’s current Android version, the file size is 974MB – 1.0GB.
What’s changing?

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop Highlights
    • Songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one Android device can be immediately enjoyed across all of your Android devices.
    • New User Interface look and feel, more fluid motions
    • Priority mode to only allow certain notifications to get through
    • Battery saving features and remaining time left to charge or deplete indicators
    • Smart Lock to secure phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like a wearable or car
    • Most frequently used settings available with just two swipes down from the top screen
    • Details at: http://www.android.com/versions/lollipop-5-0/

 

What to expect after the update

Although there should be no impacts to settings or data, we recommend that you back up your media files to an SD card, a PC, or using a favorite application (from the Play Store), prior to upgrading the software. You can also backing up and restoring your phone using Sansung Kies.
User-initiated software update

  1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key, and tap Settings.
  2. From the More tab, tap About device.
  3. Tap Software update.
  4. Tap Check for updates.
    • The phone displays: Software update process will not delete any personal data on your phone. Check the AT&T server for new software update?
  5. Tap OK.
    • A status message displays:
      • Checking for update; Processing&The download for the software update will begin in a moment. The software download may take several minutes.
      • Downloading
    • Software update: A software update is available for your device that requires Wi-Fi connectivity for download progress to begin. Connect to a Wi-Fi network? For a list of free Wi-Fi networks click here AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots.
  6. Select Continue or remind me later.
    • The phone displays: A new software update from AT&T is available for our device. This download will occur over Wi-Fi. Please make sure that you stay within the Wi-Fi coverage area while the download takes place. This could take several minutes.
  7. Tap Continue.
    • A status message displays:
      • Downloading software update, Please do not leave Wi-Fi coverage area.
      • A new software update from AT&T is available for your device. This software update will take several minutes and will not delete any personal data on your device. All service (including emergency calls) will be suspended during the install.
      • The device will automatically restart once the new software has successfully installed.
      • Update Complete. The software has been successfully installed. Your device is now ready to use.
  8. Tap Done.

Verifying the update

  1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key, and tap Settings.
  2. From the More tab, tap About device.
  3. The following information displays:
    • Android version:  5.0.1
    • Baseband version:    I537UCUCOC6
    • Kernel Version:     3.4.0-4554112
    • Build Number:  LRX22C.I537UCUCOC6

 Previous updates

DateDetails
Sept 2014
  • Connectivity improvements related to receiving calls and text messaging
  • Security patch
  • Updated Google apps
June 2014
  • Pushed via FOTA over AT&T wireless network
    Android 4.4 OS upgrade (http://www.android.com/versions/kit-kat-4-4/)
  • Copy and paste improvements
  • Easier to insert pictures and videos in e-mail or messages
  • Camera app accessibility from the lock screen
  • Call reliability improvements
  • Android version: 4.4.2
  • Baseband version: I537UCUCNN3
  • Build number: KOT49H.I537UCUCNE3

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