Samsung has already rolled-out its Official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update to the Galaxy S4 I9500 and some of it variants. We were awaiting for the Galaxy S4 mini I9515 Lollipop update confirmation for more than 2 months now, Today we've got some bad news for all S4 mini users. UK Carrier, Three, has just officially received a confirmation from Samsung that the Android 5.0 Lollipop Update for the Galaxy S4 mini has been Canceled due to Memory Limitation.
@barbs_paul Sorry for the delay in replying Paul. There's no plans for Lollipop for the S4 mini due to memory limitation. >DD— ThreeUKSupport (@ThreeUKSupport) April 24, 2015
YouMobile team reached out to ThreeUKSupport via twitter and they confirmed that non of the S4 mini variants will get the Lollipop update. Just to remind you, the S4 mini packs a 8GB internal memory (only 5 GB available for the user) along with 1.5 GB RAM (Only 768-900MB available for the user).
@YouMobile Hi there. Yes we've received confirmation from Samsung that this is due to a memory limitation with this device...— ThreeUKSupport (@ThreeUKSupport) April 24, 2015
Samsung considered this specifications as "limited" and won't be able to provide a smooth Lollipop experience for the users of the S4 mini. However, Samsung France has already confirmed that Android 5.0 Lollipop update is coming to Galaxy S5 mini variant during the Q2,2015 period (April - May - June). Stay tuned for more Info!
ThreeIreland just announced via its official Twitter (replying to a user query) that its Galaxy S4 mini official Android 5.0 Lollipop update is Approved and on its way, the Carrier explained that its UK firm updates is different from theirs and they have "Approved" the update version they got from Samsung after testing.
@debbiebabes Hi Debbie, good news, that update has been approved and has started to roll out so you should receive it in the coming weeks.— Three Ireland Online (@ThreeCare) April 24, 2015
You can also check the Official Samsung updates Page for the latest Lollipop updates status and Firmwares.