AT&T has begun rolling out the Android 5.0 lollipop update for the Galaxy S4 Active. The device is exclusive to the carrier in the U.S.
AT&T has picked up the pace recently in terms of issuing Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for smartphones running on its network, especially in terms of Samsung devices. After being highly criticized by frustrated users for being late to the party when it came to Lollipop updates, the company has now issued updates to all of the flagship Samsung devices on its network.
That includes the former flagship Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge phablets. The carrier has also issued Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for older former flagships, the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4.
AT&T actually bypassed its competitors in the U.S. when it recently released the Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update, as neither Verizon nor T-Mobile has issued the update for the S4 yet on their networks.
Now the carrier has issued the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for an S4 variant on their network, the Galaxy S4 Active. The Galaxy S4 Active is a slightly more rugged, sportier version of the original Galaxy S4, and was released in June 2013 exclusively on the AT&T network in the U.S.
According to AT&T, "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 974 MB - 1.0 GB."
Last month, rumors surfaced that a Samsung Galaxy S6 Active was in the works and slated for midsummer release. The phone purportedly will have a larger battery than the Galaxy S6 and sport a microSD slot, which is missing from the recently released flagship.