The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 continues to roll out in the US. Verizon, Sprint and now T-Mobile customers are enjoying the fruits of Google's labor, with the Android 5.0 OTA update spreading far and wide (unless you're with AT&T). Meanwhile, Galaxy S5 owners in the UK have just been treated to the return of mute mode too (see UK section below for details). Find out everything you need to know about when to expect the Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop update.
- Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update: when will my device get it?
- Android 5.0 Lollipop update: which phones will get it and when?
Galaxy S5 Android update in the US
T-Mobile Galaxy S5 update
T-Mobile Galaxy S5 owners are now getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update sent out OTA to their devices. The update comes in at around 940 MB so make sure you're on Wi-Fi when you download it. If you haven't seen the update notification yet, head to Settings > About Phone > Software Update to see if it's ready for your T-Mobile Galaxy S5.
Verizon Galaxy S5 update
The Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is also available for S5 owners on the Verizon network (SM-G900V). The update apparently came in two bundles, updating the Verizon Galaxy S5 firmware to build number VRU1BNLC.
Samsung is claiming lots of Material Design, but...that's open to interpretation. Still, from what we can see the update looks a real treat.
Sprint Galaxy S5 update
Sprint has followed hot on Verizon's heels, with users receiving the OTA update on Sprint Galaxy S5 models in the US (SM-G900P). To check to see if the update is waiting for you, just go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update.
The changelog is pretty minimal:
- Android OS update to v5.0 Lollipop
- Enhanced VoWiFi UI
- Lumen tool bar removed
AT&T Galaxy S5 update
AT&T is now the only major US carrier not to have delivered the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its Galaxy S5 owners. It can't be too far away, but AT&T was also the last carrier to push Android 4.4.4 KitKat as well, so don't expect the AT&T Galaxy S5 update to come any faster.
Galaxy S5 Android update in theUK/Europe
Update: A recent patch to the Lollipop firmware for UK owners of the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) sees a build number of G900FXXU1BOB7 which is notable mostly for returning mute mode to the Quick Settings in the notifications shade. This feature had been removed with Lollipop (as Lolipop doesn't have a standard silent mode), but was returned first to the Galaxy Note Edge running Android 5.0.1 and now to the S5 with this update.
This patch remains on the existing Android 5.0 build number (LRX21T), meaning the changes made were purely on Samsung's end and not on Google's. Samsung is, however, reportedly working on integrating Android 5.0.2 into TouchWiz already, but this isn't likely to make it onto the S5 for a little while yet.
Galaxy S5 Android update globally
In other news, though the Galaxy S5 LTE-A is not available globally, Samsung has still decided to update the device to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and is working on the final build right now. The update will affect the Galaxy S5 LTE-A the same way it does the Galaxy S5 and other Samsung phones when they eventually get the update.
The 0.1 portion of the Android version includes some minor bug fixes from the first iteration of Android 5.0, fixing up problems like the automatic factory device reset or the video playback issues some devices with 5.0 were having. Read below for all the current Android 5.0 Lollipop info regarding the Galaxy S5.
Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 update: what to expect
We updated our Galaxy S5 to Android 5.0 Lollipop and you can see what it looks like below:
Unofficial Galaxy S5 Android update firmware
For Galaxy S5 variants including SM-G900I and SM-G900M, head over to the XDA Developers forum where another working version of Android 5.0 Lollipop is also currently in development. It's an early build, but most features are working (NFC and the camera seemingly the only two things which aren't).
If you're eager to see what Lollipop will look like when it finally arrives on your device, head over there now and download the ROM.
How to downgrade the Galaxy S5
There are a whole bunch of Android Lollipop problems out there, from battery drain issues to crashes and reboots. If you recently upgraded your Galaxy S5 to Lollipop, and are regretting the decision, follow our how to downgrade the Galaxy S5 from Lollipop to KitKat guide, and get it back to the previous version.
When you get the Lollipop update, be sure to let us know how you like it in the comments below.