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Samsung Galaxy S5 Android update: latest news

Update: French owner receives Marshmallow

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 3 months 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 Feb 25, 2015

    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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  • Ali H. 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    Hi, my VM Sam s5 just upgraded to 6.0.1. I have 900P. Still doing the restart. This was after 2 days of black screen , and new phone ordered, lol I love my s5, so staying with it! ☺

  • I found an easy solution to Samsung's recent update stuffing my phone to the point I was losing business calls on a daily basis. I finally bought an Iphone. It works... which is more than I can say for my Samsung. Anyone want to buy a cheap non functional Samsung 4?

  • Please Samsung. I hear so much about updates to our phones when can I get my phone updated from 5.0 to 5.1 or even marshmallow? UK update needed. The latest one (in france) plus custom roms work why am I 2 or 3 updates behind???????

  • i just got a software update for my s5 neo. i hope its 6.0 but i cant check now because of my lack of internet.

  • Bullitt 1 month ago Link to comment

    Hmm I can't seem to connect to my car anymore it just says Bluetooth has stopped working all the time.
    I have tried clearing my cache but it still does not work! Any ideas?

    • Do a factory reset of your phone, it happened to me about a month ago, I did the reset and is working great.

  • A A 1 month ago Link to comment

    Just received the update this morning 3/3/16. Since then the phone has automatically rebooted on it's own approximately 20 times, runs hot, the screen freezes, and/or will not wake up and I've had to pull the battery at least 10 times. Called Verizon who put me in touch with Samsung who said I need to take it somewhere for a software reflash.

  • 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. 3 months 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 3 months 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...

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