The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 has been blighted with bugs, battery drain and crashes since its January roll-out. Samsung vowed to fix the S5 Lollipop update by rolling out a series of micro-updates in early May, but there are still no signs of them several weeks on. Read on for the full story, and all the other news about the Galaxy S5 Android update.
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In early May, Samsung said on its UK Twitter page:
"Our engineers are currently sending out micro updates to help resolve any issues caused by the update. Thanks for your patience".
When users asked for more exact details, Samsung said it would tackle the "reported issues" caused by the update - which included crashes, overheating, and fast-draining battery. Samsung said that the "micro-updates" have already begun rolling out to devices, but that many users will have to wait for the updates to get approval from their carriers before receiving them.
If the problems on your Galaxy S5 are proving too much to cope with, then Samsung has advised users to factory reset their S5s. If you think that Lollipop pretty Material Design interface just isn't worth the hassle due to its pile of problems, then you can read our guide on how to downgrade your Galaxy S5 back to Android KitKat.
Have you had problems with Lollipop on your S5? Will you wait for the fixes or go back to KitKat? Let us know in the comments.
Galaxy S5 Android update in the US
AT&T Galaxy S5 update
AT&T is the last major US carrier to deliver the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its Galaxy S5 owning customers, announcing its roll-out plans via its ATTCares Twitter account. Head to your settings > about phone > software update page to download it now.
T-Mobile Galaxy S5 update
T-Mobile Galaxy S5 owners can upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA right now. The update comes in at around 940 MB, so make sure you're on Wi-Fi when you download it.
Verizon Galaxy S5 update
The Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is also available for S5 owners on the Verizon network (SM-G900V). The update apparently arrived in two bundles, upgrading the Verizon Galaxy S5 firmware to build number VRU1BNLC.
Sprint Galaxy S5 update
Sprint followed hot on Verizon's heels, pushing out the update OTA for the US Galaxy S5 (model number SM-G900P). To check to see if the update is waiting for you, just go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update.
The Sprint changelog is pretty minimal, featuring:
- Android OS update to v5.0 Lollipop
- Enhanced VoWiFi UI
- Lumen tool bar removed
Galaxy S5 Android update in the UK/Europe
The Galaxy S5 Lollipop update has been available in the UK and Europe for a while, but a recent patch brought back mute mode to the quick-settings menu. This feature had been removed when Android 5.0 first arrived (as Lollipop doesn't have a standard silent mode), but made a return with the Galaxy Note Edge running Android 5.0.1. The upgraded Lollipop firmware for the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) rolled out with build number G900FXXU1BOB7.
Are you experiencing problems with the Lollipop update for your Galaxy S5? How do you feel about how long Samsung's taking to fix it? Vent your frustrations in the comments below.
Updated by Robert Zak on May 26, 2015