The Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop update has been blighted with bugs since its January rollout. Samsung has since promised monthly Android security updates for several devices, including the S5, the first of which addresses the Stagefright bug. Read on for everything we know about the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 Android update, including when it will get Marshmallow.
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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. Updates can be a lengthy process, however, and normally roll out in stages.
A leak of Samsung's rollout plan for Marshmallow placed the Samsung Galaxy S5 seventh in line to receive the update. Although no date was attached to the device, we can conclude that it will be no earlier than February 2016.
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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.
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.
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.
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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