The Android Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 has been blighted with bugs, battery drain and crashes since its January rollout. Most recently, the highly publicized Stagefright bug has been making waves. 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 all we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.1 Lollipop update.
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Samsung monthly Android security updates
Samsung, along with LG and Google, has announced monthly security updates for several of its devices, including the Galaxy S5. The good news is that the fix issued by Samsung will patch the vulnerable code. We'll keep you posted as the carrier updates roll out.
The bad news is two-fold: firstly, anyone who has not updated to Android 5.1 will not benefit from the patch, and secondly, hackers are reportedly targeting different parts of the vulnerability in order to get around the fix. Sadly, any of your older Galaxy-owning friends who aren't on Android 5.1 will have to wait even longer for a fix for Stagefright.
In the meantime, to see if your phone is vulnerable to Stagefright, download the Stagefright Detector app from the research lab that uncovered the problem, Zymperium.
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.
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.
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 M update
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android M update is not yet available. Android M 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.
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.