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Samsung Galaxy S5 Android update: latest news

Update: Verizon rolls out Marshmallow

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 2 months ago

Verizon has started rolling out Android Marshmallow for the Galaxy S5. The update follows swiftly on the heels of the T-Mobile rollout, which began arriving over-the-air just last week, and includes a number of performance optimizations. Discover everything you need to know about the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 Android update below.

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Android Marshmallow is rolling out for the Galaxy S5. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update

Verizon began to roll out Marshmallow for the Samsung Galaxy S5 on May 31, 2016. The update introduces Google Now on Tap, Doze, Ultra High Quality Audio, as well as many other Marshmallow features you may have heard of during the last year (and 20 preloaded apps that you may not want to have installed). You can read the full release notes at Verizon's dedicated page.

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Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile S5 owners now receiving Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT

It may take a while to hit all devices but you can check the software update page in settings > about phone > software update to see if it's ready for you. We advise charging your battery life to above 50 percent before beginning the installation procedure. 

Sprint updated its Galaxy S5 devices to Android Marshmallow in April and T-Mobile followed suit last week. AT&T is now the only major US carrier yet to upgrade the S5 to Android 6.0.

Find more information about what Android Marshmallow features to look forward to at the link.

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 Yes
T-Mobile - - - - Yes Yes
AT&T Yes - - - Yes No
Sprint Yes - - No No Yes

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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The Galaxy S5 with Android Lollipop. / © 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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If Lollipop on the Galaxy S5 was ever broken, it should now be running smooth. / © ANDROIDPIT

Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop update (UK)

The Galaxy S5 Lollipop update has been available in the UK and Europe for a while. Samsung's latest update brought its SM-G900F model build number up to version G900FXXU1BOJ1 and included security, battery use, and RAM and memory management improvements. This also means that the Samsung Galaxy S5 in the UK is now secured against Stagefright threats.

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Mute mode returned to the Galaxy S5 with an earlier firmware patch from Samsung. / © ANDROIDPIT 

Do you have Marshmallow on your Galaxy S5 yet? What are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comments. 

 

 

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes much of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. His current aim is to write cool things about Android. And he loves it.

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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
    • Admin
    • Staff
    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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  • What a load of rubbish. Don't do it wish I stuck to old version. Phone so slow. Takes ages to start up. I had voice mail which I've deleted but the icon is still stuck on screen. Short cut for making calls now doesnt work. Its no longer one tap and ring. I might as welk go tgrough contact list it be quicker.Only difference I can see is icons now have rounded edges and I take age to restart plus short cut to calls made longer. Cant view mesaages etc while in apps....Who in the bright spark momen thought of this rubbish....

  • Loan Pham 2 months ago Link to comment

    My peeking option has disappeared. Now only notification icons show up on the notification bar, no previews of the message or who it's from. I have to go into the pop up box or into the app to see. All I have is preview option for lock screen and pop up box. This is frustrating because while I'm in another app and I get a text message or email I don't know who it's from anymore until I open it up 😠

    • Well, worry not. Create a backup and then perform a factory reset of your device. That should help it.
      If you still face the issue, download a firmware and install it manually.
      And, you can download firmware from here - www dot theandroidsoul dot com/galaxy-s5-stock-firmware-86698/

  • The new update completely erased and corrupted everything on my SD card. Erased all the photos I had of my man who passed away. Highly recommend not doing the update. Wish I would have known

  • aliezzati 2 months ago Link to comment

    heh

  • Allen D 2 months ago Link to comment

    Yes this latest update has ruined the apps on my S5 phone. Alarm clock app no longer alarms. News article apps you cannot click on the articles. Google maps app going haywire. All over the last 2 days since the updated was forced on my phone. I've never seen an update be so destructive to a device. There's no way the don't test the updates on a phone before being released.. the fact that they release it and jam it into our phones anyways is appalling.

  • After the download my phone no longer has network and it's telling me I have an invalid SIM card!! This was as of 6/3..Can anyone tell me wtf happened?? I have an unlocked phone. Called customer service and they were no help at all. Anyone know whats going on with this??

  • Sue Bob 2 months ago Link to comment

    This new Marshmallow update is a disaster on my s5. Apps are now sluggish or freeze altogether! I'm disappointed because now when I try to text or use any app that requires me to use a keyboard, I have problems getting the keyboard to come up. How do I fix this mess!?!?

  • I'm such a div when it comes to technology lol I got the update to 6 but dont know what it entails or wether I have marshmallow lollipop or gawd knows lol can anyone fill me in ...in layman terms please thank you..I have only had this phone galaxy s5 for couple of weeks and used to have Nokia lumia before so got a lot to learn x I would also like to add that my once perfect fairly new sd card is all of a sudden playing up too

  • Samsung always seem to find a way of messing up their updates. Updated my S5 to Marshmallow thinking it would improve my battery life with Doze, its reduced it by 20%. Not good.....

  • I am still on version 4.4 and everytime I go to see if there's an update for well over a year it shows nothing. I am with Cricket flash AT&T, anyone have any thoughts?

    • Go to Best Buy and have the Samsung person update it for you.

    • If you are comfortable using your PC, you can connect the phone with KIES. Download it on your PC and phone (if not already there). You can do a number of things, including downloading updates that your provider does not offer.

  • Update = downgrade, some apps no longer work since 'update' on 7th of May 2016. Why do Samsung not test these updates before releasing them???

  • Ali H. 4 months 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! ☺

  • Evan King 4 months ago Link to comment

    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.

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