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Samsung Galaxy S5 Android update: latest news

Update: French owner receives Marshmallow

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 2 weeks ago

A French Galaxy S5 owner has received an OTA update to Marshmallow, but it appears to have been a mistake on Samsung's part. An official update to Marshmallow is penciled in for the first quarter of 2016. Read on for everything we know about the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 Android update, including when it will get Marshmallow.

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The Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 update is rolling out for T-Mobile customers. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has been confirmed to receive the Android Marshmallow update, although it is not yet certain when. A GIGA reader offered a tip following an email he received from Samsung, which said that the company is working on Marshmallow for the Galaxy S5. 

Two rollout timetables showing Samsung's plans for Marshmallow have leaked in recent months. The latest gives the Galaxy S5 Marshmallow update a Q1 2016 release, so you can expect it to arrive sometime before the end of March.

In late January, GSMArena reported that an S5 owner in France received an OTA update to Android 6.0.1. You can see screenshots of the update running on the device below. This solitary update seems certain to be a mistake on Samsung's part, especially given that a similar thing occurred last month.

What it does mean, however, is that Samsung must be closing in on a final build of Marshmallow for the S5, and a rollout will likely follow hot on the heels of the S6 and S6 Edge's updates. Keep an eye on this page for any further news.

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A user in France captured these screenshots of their device running Marshmallow. / © FrAndroid

You can find more information in our Android Marshmallow update overview.

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 - - - Yes 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 August 5, bringing it up to software version G900PVPU3BOG1. The only change listed was a patch for the Stagefright exploit.

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, the update adds a patch for the Stagefright security exploit. The Samsung Galaxy S5 5.0 Lollipop update is now available for those with Verizon devices (model number SM-G900V). The Verizon Galaxy S5 firmware now sits on build number G900VVRU2BOG5.

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 G900T3UVS1FOJ4 OR G900TUVS1FOJ4, and includes security updates.

AT&T Galaxy S5 update

AT&T pushed out the Android Lollipop 5.1.1 update on 22 October, bringing the device to build G900AUCU4COI5. Head to 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 Lollipop update (UK)

The Galaxy S5 Lollipop update has been available in the UK and Europe for a while, but Samsung has just pushed out a new update for its SM-G900F model. This brings the build number up to version G900FXXU1BOJ1 and includes security, battery use, and RAM and memory management improvements. This also means that the Samsung Galaxy S5 in the UK should now be secured against the latest Stagefright threats.

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Mute mode returned to the Galaxy S5 with an earlier 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.

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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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  • DCc 11 months ago

    This update is a disaster. Everything crashes, the battery life goes from full to zero in an hour without usage. The screen won't respond when a call comes in, apps open and close randomly - in short, avoid it like the plague until they get it sorted.
    I have had to reset my phone and spend days getting it set up as I had it.
    Samsung should warn users about the downsides instead of pushing the update via pop-ups at Beta stage.
    Really annoyed!

  • Scott Adam Gordon
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    Aug 6, 2014

    You just have to keep checking your "software update" page. Go to "settings", then to "about phone". If I hear any other news about S5 updates I'll put it in this article.

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  • I'm on O2 my S5 is still on 5.0 always says up to date, while everyone else is on 5.1.1?

  • Mark G. 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Have a S5 with EE. Received the latest security update and my phone is running good, though my Playerpro music player is suffering problems.

    I'm stuck on 5.02 I'd be shocked and surprised if EE were to release a update.

  • Luka 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    I think Samsung does these Marshmallow updates on purpose. Probably some testing...

  • I have the Canadian S5 and I haven't received a single security patch till now. Even the stage fright vulnerability isn't fixed, what's going on? Other S5's have received monthly patches and new features like the smart manager, buy mine hasn't...

  • helllllo hellllllllllp me plz
    i had s5 from at&t and im living in Palestine and i want so much to update my phone to android 5 like any one all my friends received the last up date but every time i check if there any update for my phone they told me that i received the last one !!!
    plz plz plz plz help meeeeeeeeeeeeeee :(

  • I have a Samsung Galaxy S 5 from T-Mobile and last night I update my phone to the new software that appears to my phone saying to update.

    I update the software now settings/ Wi-Fi won't work/open, telling me

    unfortunately settings stopped working unfortunately Wi-Fi stopped working

    Questions

    1) This is foolish!!!!! how can I go back to the old software?

    2) How can I fix this?

  • samthgv 1 month ago Link to comment

    hi since last update hat smart manager is coming in december my log and keyboard is crash stop and laging badly :(
    plz give me solution

  • I hate Samsung and this idiotic lollipop update. Music stops playing randomly, wifi turns on and off, the typing is all jacked up and misses my key strokes, system crashes, the battery drains, the phone runs hot... I'm pretty much done with Samsung phones. I truly believe they pushed this $%^&ty lollipop update because it was SO BAD just to force you to get the S6. I will not be getting any more Samsungs unless they push out the Marshmallow update for the S5...

  • I wish I would have not did the software update. My battery life has dramatically decrease. The top right of my screen doesn't work. My phone keeps restarting. My Internet keeps crashing. My husband did the same update and his phone is now messing up. Two of his letters on the keyboard doesn't work anymore either.

  • Since i did the last software update my phone has been completely screwed up. My phone has been slow, it freezes, shut off by it self did anyone get the same symptoms

    • ditto. The lollipop update pretty much ruined my phone... I tried to avoid updating it for the longest time, but bam, I accidentally pushed the button when going for the camera button which forced the update.

  • I wish I had never updated but I thought I had to. My music player also stops for no reason and my swipe to text isn't working properly. (I'm forced to text the old fashioned way!) I had no issues with my phone prior to the update so I know that's the reason I'm having problems and there's no need for snide comments about snot on my screen or anything rude like that. However I would appreciate if anyone had constructive suggestions for me.

    • I think this lollipop was a ploy to jack up the phones to get you to buy a new ones, notice they're not allowing S5's to update to marshmallow...

  • Mine is samsung galaxy s5 update is too late it's still in 5.0 mine friends have the latest update 5.1.1 it's too late

  • My gyroscope buggered up due to an update so then my S5 stopped rotating. Reset to Factory Settings so lost all my stuff on memory card as now my phone isn't reading the card?! Plus, even more frustrating is that the gyroscope (although it worked for about half hour) is still not working! Not happy with Samsung about this - anyone with any suggestions?

  • So, I checked for software update a few days ago and it downloaded what was described as a security update (stagefright) etc. I allowed it to install and restart....since then my notification sounds are all over the map!
    I'm getting chirps for stuff that isn't even showing up in my notification area. I've been back through every setting to see what's changed and can't figure it out. Even when my do not disturb is on I'm getting chirps for stuff I never did before. And yes I went back through those setting too.

    Has anyone had anything like this happen?

    • rick 1 month ago Link to comment

      yes, after my update, mm s5 took a couple days to get back to normal. i keep getting notification sounds, i check, and nothing to see. but they have now calmed down.

  • Everything I try to update my Galaxy s5 it always tells me my phone is up to date but it's running on 4.4.4 why am I not able to update my phone to the newest software

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