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Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update: latest news

Update: Stagefright fix rolling out - but will it work?

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 1 week ago

The Android Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 has been blighted with bugs, battery drain and crashes since its January rollout, the most recent being the highly publicized Stagefright bug. Samsung has since vowed to push monthly Android security updates for several devices, including the S5, with the first of these addressing Stagefright. Read on for everything we know about the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.1 Lollipop update.

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The Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 update is rolling out for T-Mobile customers. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S5

Android 5.0 Android 5.0.1 Android 5.0.2 Android 5.1 Android 5.1.1 Android Marshmallow
Verizon Yes - - No No No
T-Mobile - - - - Yes No
AT&T Yes - - No No No
Sprint Yes - - No No No

Samsung monthly Android security updates

In August, Samsung – along with LG and Google – announced monthly security updates for several of its devices, including the Galaxy S5. The good news is that the first fix issued by Samsung will patch the code that is vulnerable to the Stagefright exploit.

The bad news is two-fold. Firstly, anyone who has not updated to Android 5.1 will not benefit from this patch, so if you own a Galaxy S5 that isn't on Android 5.1, you will have to wait even longer for a Stagefright fix. Secondly, hackers are reportedly targeting different parts of the vulnerability in order to get around the patch.

To see if your phone is vulnerable to Stagefright, download the Stagefright Detector app from Zymperium, the research lab that uncovered the problem.

Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop update (US)

Sprint Galaxy S5 update

Sprint pushed a follow-up Lollipop patch for the Galaxy S5 on July 6, bringing it up to software version G900PVPU3BOF6. The only change listed for the update was 'Reactivation Lock Updates' - an update to the anti-theft feature that requires a user to log in with their Samsung account credentials even after a factory reset.

The Android 5.0 update for Galaxy S5 owners with Sprint (model number SM-G900P) can now be downloaded OTA. To see if the update is waiting for you, just go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update.

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Will the Galaxy S5 receive the Android Marshmallow update? / © ANDROIDPIT

Verizon Galaxy S5 update

Verizon has rolled out another update to the Galaxy S5. Though it still sits on Android 5.0, two new features have been added: 

  • GALAXY Apps app store will be auto installed on your device
  • Fingerprint Scanner for unlocking Microsoft Exchange accounts is now enabled

The Samsung Galaxy S5 5.0 Lollipop update is now available for those with Verizon (model number SM-G900V). The update arrived in two bundles, upgrading the Verizon Galaxy S5 firmware to build number VRU1BNLC.

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 update

T-Mobile recently pushed out the Android 5.1.1 update to Galaxy S5 owners over-the-air. The update brings the Galaxy S5 up to software version G900TUVU1FOF6, and includes performance tweaks and bug fixes, as well as support for RAW and lower ISO values (providing you’re using a third-party camera app which uses Lollipop’s camera API). 

AT&T Galaxy S5 update

AT&T was 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.

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Is Lollipop on your Galaxy S5 broken? / © ANDROIDPIT

Some people have been experiencing problems with Lollipop on their Galaxy S5s and Samsung has advised users to factory reset their devices. Improvements carried in Android 5.1.1 are said to make devices more stable.

If you think that Lollipop's pretty Material Design interface just isn't worth the hassle caused by its pile of problems, then you can read our guide on how to downgrade your Galaxy S5 back to Android KitKat.

Galaxy S5 Android Marshmallow update 

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android Marshmallow update is not yet available. Android Marshmallow is expected to launch globally in Q3, 2015. We will let you know when we learn more.

Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop update (UK)

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. 

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Mute mode returns to the Galaxy S5 with the latest firmware patch from Samsung. / © ANDROIDPIT 

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.

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.


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  • Paul André Taylor 3 days ago Link to comment

    On Samsung S5 SM-G900FD 5.0, since Android update, I have also a specific problem with texts. The SMSC address (the phone number of the server that handles the SMS texts) gets changed to a wrong number in the message application parameters. I believe it happens when the phone changes carrier because it is changing region / carrier (roaming). So, texts don't leave the mobile any longer. It is a dual sim phone so the issue hits both sims / carriers.
    Temporary solution / workaround:
    1) ensure you asked for a receipt for your texts (go in parameters to change if necessary) otherwise you will not notice they did not leave early enough; and,
    2) go in parameters and change the SMSC address of your carrier to the right number. I now keep them with me as a note in the phone (easy to find on internet but not always in middle of nowhere e.g. +352 621 100 660 for Join Luxembourg & +32 475 161 616 for Proximus Belgium in my case).
    One of the operators contacted was well aware of the issue and answered immediately because many complaints from customers as to why texts didn't work anymore. So, I am definitely expecting 5.1.1. soon! Belgium

  • Allan Max 5 days ago Link to comment

    Cannot agree more with other users worse thing I've done is update this phone recently. Can I go back. Because right now this phone is crap. Please let me know if I can uninstall and make my phone great again. I'm not a happy bunny right now.

  • Danielle Lu 6 days ago Link to comment

    I did update of lollipop in my samsung s5 and I agree with John Wook: "Everything is running slow, apps crash and freeze all the time. Needs urgent fixing". Can I return to old system? It was working perfect!!! Very upset!!!!!!

  • Zara Rios 1 week ago Link to comment

    It makes my phone work so slow . Please fix !

  • Cheryl White 1 week ago Link to comment

    I do not like the new update...all the screens and colors are different. Too list changed etc. Sorry I did this!!!!

  • Simona Coconcea 1 week ago Link to comment

    Do not buy Samsung!
    I sent a Samsung S6 to service on 18.09.2015 through CARGUS courier together with the above written address (WITH HEADER) on which I wrote:
    “Malfunction: the screen is not working, it does a flash when I press the start button; when I connect it to the PC, it says that he has no more data in it.

    The side scratches are from having the phone in the bag, sometimes near keys, considering that till now 2 smart covers were broken and one bumper was enlarged. It wasn’t dropped or smashed.

    The phone has a protection window applied on front and back from the moment of purchase.”

    When I asked an employee from Germanos that held my phone in his hand what to do, he told me to send the phone through courier.

    When the phone was picked up by the CARGUS courier, it was verified by the representative and it didn’t have a broken screen. According to the AWB script, the phone was received by ESD-ROM on 21.09.2015, at 10:34.

    After 3 days, today, on 24.09.2015 at 11:39, I was called by an employee that told me that I lost my warranty because the phone suffered mechanical shocks and it has the screen broken.

    I asked her to send me a written notice with pictures of the phone. I’ve received the pictures (now the phone has a broken screen!!!) and the following message:
    “Please tell us if you wish your product to be fixed by changing the screen and frame with a total cost of 1130,04 RON.”

    The phone was bought on 11th of June 2015.

    Next time when I’ll buy a phone, I’ll think twice before buying a SAMSUNG!

    My question is: if the phone has a broken screen, how did I lose all my data from the phone?????? This was the reason for which I sent the phone to service in the first place!

  • Junaid Mohd Afzal Q. 1 week ago Link to comment

    What about S4 stage fright update
    have samsung released update for it ?
    plz let me know

  • drkmgiri 1 week ago Link to comment

    I personally think update is not always good. It can make the phone worse than giving good experience. Once my friend bought a asus Zenfone 2 which was working nicely until he updated. After which phone crashed and never restarted. It has to be replaced by a new one.

  • Dragos Lucian 1 week ago Link to comment

    Goodness Gracious !!! Still can't understand what Samsung was thinking when they released the S5. It's the most hideous Samsung of all. (my personal opinion, so don't hate)

  • Jack Shaw 1 week ago Link to comment

    Everyone assumes Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint are the only carriers in the world. Why? I have been with U. S. Cellular since it was Cellular One back in the early 80s. Am I not a part of this forum?

  • Camden Smith 1 week ago Link to comment

    I find it highly shocking Samsung hasn't gotten their cap together and fixed this nearly a year later. Than God I Uninstalled all the updates and reset my phone. My phone is perfect this is what everyone should do, reset your phone and DO NOT INSTALL.THE UPDATE. for the record this is the first and only problem I have ever had with a Droid update in more than 7 years.

  • Frustrated with Samsung 1 week ago Link to comment

    After being an iPhone user since they first come out, I moved to android with the Galaxy S5. I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread until I updated to lollipop...... my phone doesn't automatically switch from wifi to mobile data when I come out of Wifi. I have to restart the phone every time I leave wifi. I can't go a whole day without charging in the middle of the day (low usage) fed up and after spending £500 for a phone that doesn't do what it says on the tin I'm seriously thinking of going back to Apple!!
    #rant_over #sort_it_out_samsung

  • Kay k 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    After updating to lollipop yesterday, my texts no longer send. The phone lags and I'm not impressed at all. Has anyone else had problems sending texts after the new update??

    • Dani Atkins 2 weeks ago Link to comment

      My texts wont send repeatedly. I have to shut off the phone wait 30 secs and turn it back on. If i do that it might send 3 or 4 texts before i have to do it again. Now i've noticed that the battery is draining much much faster than usual and i have two oppposite facing arrows above each other at the top of the screen which i didn't have before. Nightmare

      • Kay k 2 weeks ago Link to comment

        That's exactly what's happening with mine since the update. I did do a factory reset but it's still on lollipop 5.0 but my texts are sending better now. However, the arrows are still there.

      • Lyndsey Fox 2 weeks ago Link to comment

        My texts now won't send either and what the hell are the arrows? Not impressed and desperately want it fixing! Have you had any joy sorting it yet?

      • Kay k 2 weeks ago Link to comment

        Well after I did the factory reset (via the volume up, home and power button), my texts have been sending OK. But the annoying arrows are still there :/ I rang 3 earlier and asked them and after telling them I'd done a data clear and factory reset, they said I'd have to send in my fone to be looked at and sorted out.

    • Joseph C 4 days ago Link to comment

      My galaxy S5 came with Lollipop out of the box ,and I've not had any of these issues. Could it be that mine had a fresh install and yours installed over a previous version?

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