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 has since vowed to fix the S5 Lollipop update and now a more-stable Android 5.1.1 is rolling out in the US. Read on for all we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android update.
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Galaxy S5 Android update in the US
T-Mobile Galaxy S5 update
T-Mobile is now pushing out the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 update to owners over-the-air (OTA). The update brings the Galaxy S5 up to build number 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).
Verizon Galaxy S5 update
The Galaxy S5 5.0 Lollipop update is available for those with Verizon (model number 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 Android 5.0 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
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 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.
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 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.