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Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update: latest news

Update: Stagefright fix rolling out - but will it work?

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 3 weeks ago

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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The Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 update is rolling out. / © ANDROIDPIT

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.

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Is Lollipop on your Galaxy S5 broken? Samsung says fixes are on the way. / © 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 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. 

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Mute mode returns to the Galaxy S5 with the latest 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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  • Haris Ahmed 2 days ago Link to comment

    Moral of the story, I've bought an S5 last week, it has KitKat, working nice, no lag, excellent 4G, after some tweaking, I have reasonable battery life as well, AND I AIN'T UPDATING IT!!!!!

  • sidiyahla abdelhafid 4 days ago Link to comment

    Mon s5 et marche eu top j'ai pas de problème m'a batterie et tiens 2 jours sont soucis fluide rapide mieux que le HTC m8 et le z3 que j'avais avant j'adore mon s5, bientôt lollipop 5.1.

  • Sandy Shaw 4 days ago Link to comment

    Why did all my apps ask me to sign in today? I didn't change anything on my phone

  • Angel Marie 5 days ago Link to comment

    My phone is so freaking slow. Especially my twitter app, it is like a desk top computer from early 2000s kind of slow. After the most recent update (updated about a week ago) my messages fail to send. I wish they'd fix the lag and the message issues. It is highly annoying.

  • Stephanie Malloy 1 week ago Link to comment

    Samsung refuses to correct the issue on their own dime. I dI'd everything they said and the lagging, freezing and crashING is still not fixed. It got worse after this past update. Samsung is telling me I have to pay to get it fixed when it is their problem.

  • Thaly Gonzalez 1 week ago Link to comment

    I updated my Galaxy S5 and the update was good. I love the new layout and etc. However, the phone is astonishingly slow. And it's not like its one specific thing, everything is slow. It is so stressing to try and send a message because it just stops. There is even a delay when I press the power button. My battery is also draining

  • BigBear Mato Tanka B 1 week ago Link to comment

    for my Galaxy S5 I downloaded the update and it slowed everything down Internet slow down everything slowed down apps respond slowly battery drain my battery usage isn't as good as it used to be. I even did a factory reset and it didn't really improve anything as sure as hell didn't fix stage fright.

  • Lori kinsey 1 week ago Link to comment

    I downloaded the new update on my Note 4 a few days ago and it is draining my battery so fast! I have never had an issue with my battery lasting in the past. Any thoughts on why?

  • Matt Wallace 1 week ago Link to comment

    I have not had any issues with this phone previously. However after the update last week (~8/13/15) my s5 has been pocket dialing, pocket texting, dropping calls, not connecting calls, losing service, and changing back light settings. I have no idea how one update can disrupt a phone so much, but my buddy has confirmed the exact same issues on his device which recently updated.

    If anyone knows a fix to these latest issues on this update please let me know.
    - yes we have tried hard reset and turning it off and back on.

    Thanks,
    Matt

  • Jarrett 1 week ago Link to comment

    Just did I got this weird message on my S5 that said so update and my phone would not charge no more now it's like in safe mode or recovery and say downloading with the android guy and says do not turn off, what's going on, please help?

  • Nick Gunderson 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Phone said I had update, which I assumed was lollipop. After i downloaded the update nothing changed and version is still 4.4 kitkat

  • Samuel Panneton 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Well i'm very happy with lolipop ! I hated jellybean so it was a relief for me when it came out.
    I'm sry For those who complain about Samsung.. I never had a bug with the phone... (Samsung S5) Fast and precise. Sure it Takes a bit more of the energy but release more quality and the 3d Flipping just love it ! Tire of earing those Painfull Apple lovers who think that they have the best Phone !

    By the way, Samsung sells and create part for almost every others brand and Also for Iphone ;-)
    My last phone was a Sony z2 wich i think were the best... Due to water damage, lost the phone and everythings Sony never wanted to cover my phone, stated that the pool water can damage the device by eating the selling and come inside by the water pressure wich i never cross their stated limit.. Sony should have watch more their making manifacture for a big leak wich lead to the death of the phone ... Unfortunatly, i lost 700 $.

    After i went For an S5, what i good move it was. Faster !, The Amoled Screen make its Oustanding ! Waterproof went better !

    Now i stick to Samsung !

  • sidiyahla abdelhafid 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Je regrette d'avoir vendue mon xperia z3 Sony toujours plus rapide pour la mise à jour, regarder le z2 et z3 et sont déjà passés lollipop 5.1.1.

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