Samsung Galaxy S4 was released in 2013 and looking it at, the flagship has bene around for more than three years now.
When it came in, the Galaxy S4 was preinstalled with Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean. Ever since, the tech giant has successfully pushed two Android OS updates to the phone, ending with 2014’s Android 5.0 Lollipop. After the rollout of the Galaxy S4 in April 2013, Samsung followed the flagship with a Mini version about a month later, but the phone kept the same version of the OS. But like its larger counterpart, the Galaxy S4 Mini has been updated to the newer Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Google made some changes to the way it handles software updates and apparently, all compatible devices, from those running Android Lollipop, are eligible for a monthly software update that brings the latest security patches and at times new features.
According to the Sam Mobile, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is currently receiving the latest September security patch, but this is only happening in Europe. In addition, the software update is not a product of Samsung itself, rather, Vodafone is at the heart of everything. This is a locked model of the Galaxy S4 Mini, but the unlocked model has yet to see the same update.
It is expected that Samsung will also push the update to the Galaxy S4 Mini like Vodafone is doing, but it is not known when this will happen. There is a new November Android security patch for Samsung Galaxy phones rolling out, but this device receives a September version – it is only Vodafone (and Samsung) who can explain why the phone is not getting the November update instead.
Since it is coming as an OTA, the update will not reach all Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini devices at the same time. Instead, the firmware will be distributed in stages across the region, but since there are not so many people still using the S4 Mini, the update should be ready in a matter of days. If not, go to your phone’s Settings>About device>Software update>Update now.