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Samsung Galaxy S5 Android update: latest news

Update: Marshmallow penciled in for after February

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 6 hours ago

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

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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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.

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 8 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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  • anyone updated the new software update?

  • Sprint Galaxy S5....disgusted.. terrible battery life, programs disappearing, only have 5.0 update I wish I could uninstall. The dam phone is not that old and Sprint/Samsung refuses to push updates. I was really hoping for Marshmellow, but now I can't wait to get rid of it. I don't even know if I will get another Samsung, might go with the LG. I have had Samsung products for years, but this damn phone is almost useless, and I don't know if Samsung evens knows these bugs. Sound like not.

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    UGH! GRRR! My phone is useless too, it freezes up, I don't get texts, no more icon notifications showing on the home screen even though the settings are on, and it is slower than molasses. Piece of junk!

  • My phone is now trash. T-mobile pushed the update on my phone, and now nothing works, it overheats, drains battery, drops calls, won't send messages, no video playback, no storage usage, nothing! Does anyone have any solutions to this. I have tried factory resetting my phone, new storage, and nothing has fixed this issue. What kind of crap is this.

  • I moved some of my apps to my SD card prior to the update to make space. Now that the update is finished those apps are not showing up in my phone anymore. Anyone else having issues with this?

  • The table shows no 5.1.1 planned for Sprint Galaxy S5 and that simply isn't true. The carrier states that it's still developing 5.1.1 and all Sprint customers will receive OTA when their team deploys sometime soon.

    Please add the line to your description that this table represents only the current build released.

  • Apparently when I got the last update it contained a bug so I can't get the new update. I was told to get Samsung kies on my home computer and it would guide me to getting the update that way. Absolute rubbish. Samsung kies is garbage. No such direction happened and I am stuck with a phone functioning at a less than adequate standard, given the amount I pay per month I am disgusted. My upgrade is in 4 months and I will not be choosing Samsung.

  • Can someone answer a question for me, why are US versions of the S5 and their updates carrier specific? Wouldn't an S5 on any network be the same phone?

    • The only reason I can think of is that each carrier installs their own software in the image, with "bloatware apps" that you almost never open and just take up space. If you get your phone through payments instead of buying it outright then you get their operating system version. When updates come out they have to test them with their apps and such and create their own update image.

  • I cannot wait to ditch my S5, really disappointed by how long it takes to get updates, I'm still running lollipop 5.0. Couple that with the bloatware that's installed, I'm moving back to overpriced, monopolised, no choice crApple! At least you get regular updates!

  • My Samsung Galaxy S5 has Android 5.0.0 it's brand new and when I installed Spotify the app opened but seconds later crashed and it is happening the same ever since. I troubleshooted the phone and since it did not work I turned it off and pressed the power key + home key + volume key and made that process and is still not working. Besides Spotify, Messenger was crashing but not the same as spotify. Spotify closes inmediatly. I do not know what to do.

  • Does this chart indicate that the Verizon galaxy s5 will not ever receive Lollipop 5.1.1 or Marshmallow, or that it currently does not have it? Thank you

  • The Nexus phones are looking better & better. So are iPhones... and that really, really hurts to say as a lifelong Android fan. Thumbs down Samsung 👎, unlike, etc.

  • iphone looking really good now.

  • I got raped with this recent update. Had to get rid of a lot of stuff to make room. Now, the music player does not play any of my music anymore. My perdonalized ringtones associated with my music, GONE. Now I get BS default stupid tone. WTF!!! REALLY Samsung!!! First the iPhone type Galaxy S6 and now this BS update? When my S5 goes down, buh bye.

  • After the update, I can no longer access games that are on my sd card! System settings show the capacity of the card, and how much space is left. But when I try to open a game (which shows an "android" icon instead of the game icon) it says there is no sd card! I've "Unmounted", and removed and replaced card. Still no access! (T-Mobile)

  • I can'T believe that when I up date to 5.1.1, the software occupe 5.45 GB!!!

  • Super unhappy with the update can no longer swype on my phone and it took about 5 minutes for me to expand a picture in a text. The only cool feature about the update is that I can now shoot videos on snapchat with their new cool filters. Very unhappy.

  • This rollout of ATT/Samsung 5.1.1 is a complete disaster. Constantly says installation interrupted and then you have to wait 24 hours to try again. Of course you can change the clock and "fool" the system but then realize you could set the calendar for 10 years out and it won't work. Something is inherently wrong with the damn update.

    The most solid fix I have heard of is to take the phone to Best Buy and they can do it. That is a 3 hour round trip for me plus the install time.

    This is stupid! Don't these people Samsung/ATT check this crap first???? And what is with the one try in 24 hours. Some programmer needs his A$$ kicked for that brilliant idea.

    I left Apple because of their crappy update situation. Little did I know I was leaving the frying pan and jumping into the fire.

    • The same thing happened with my phone. I know it sucks, but after I factory reset it, it continued with the update. Hope that helps!

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