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Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update: latest news

Update: Update rolling out, includes RAW support

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 1 week ago

The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 has been blighted with bugs, battery drain and crashes since its January roll-out. Samsung has since vowed to fix the S5 Lollipop update and now a more-stable Android 5.1.1 is rolling out in the US. Read on for all we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android update.

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


Galaxy S5 Android update in the US

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 update

T-Mobile is now pushing out the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 update to owners over-the-air (OTA). The update brings the Galaxy S5 up to build number 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). 

Verizon Galaxy S5 update

The Galaxy S5 5.0 Lollipop update is available for those with Verizon (model number SM-G900V). The update apparently arrived in two bundles, upgrading the Verizon Galaxy S5 firmware to build number VRU1BNLC.

Sprint Galaxy S5 update

Sprint followed hot on Verizon's heels, pushing out the Android 5.0 update OTA for the US Galaxy S5 (model number SM-G900P). To check to see if the update is waiting for you, just go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update.

The Sprint changelog is pretty minimal, featuring:

  • Android OS update to v5.0 Lollipop
  • Enhanced VoWiFi UI
  • Lumen tool bar removed

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 pretty Material Design interface just isn't worth the hassle due to 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 update in the UK/Europe

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. / © ANDROIDPITHow 

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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  • Matthew Toma 20 hours ago Link to comment

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  • Kevin G. 2 days ago Link to comment

    I would guess that most of the moaners here were also moaning when it changed from Gingerbread to kitkat, and I guess you moaned with every update. As you moaned when you purchased the latest handset because 1."it's not different enough " 2." its not advanced enough 3 . it's too different.

    Moan, moan, moan...

  • Kalina Piłat 2 days ago Link to comment

    Ugly icons, ill-looking scheme... MISERY! Who did it and why? I'm very disappointed!

  • Chris p 2 days ago Link to comment

    I wish I could go back to 5.0. The new update I hate. Lags, freezes and restarts all the time. I'm sick of it. Besides that I haven't noticed any significant difference besides a couple security options. T-mobile

  • Hope Pitney 3 days ago Link to comment

    When is the upgrade going to come out for AT&T? I've been checking daily and nothing.

  • Nicola Amos 5 days ago Link to comment

    Why did u have to change the colour scheme?

    Text is in grey, the texting screen is in orange (I hate orange). White screens everywhere.

    Why why why?

    Is it possible to Uninstall the update?

    • Keith Roberts 5 days ago Link to comment

      It is possible to uninstall it yes ...I've done it
      Beware it takes a long time to do it patient

  • Keith Roberts 6 days ago Link to comment

    Lollipop update has ruined a good phone !!!

  • Kevin G. 6 days ago Link to comment

    I recently upgraded from a GS3 to GS5 it is running 5.02. I've not experienced any of the major problems others seem to be reporting. In fact I'm loving it. It as yet has not crashed, never had a forced closed msg. My battery life is good and lasts longer than my S3. I'm using my phone lots. It doesn't overheat.

    My notifications are available to see on the lock screen, the S5 has a setting that allows you to have profiles associated with your wifi so it stays unlocked while at home.

    I use playerPro for my music (best music app) it has lock screen widget's that allow me to skip/play/pause while the screen is locked.

    The only issue I've had is my music app Playerpro is no longer able to edit mp3 ID3 tags.

    It seems a lot of the issues would be resolved by clearing the system cache or factory reset.

    A lot of unnecessary moaning.

    Im in the UK on EE should I be getting the 5.1.1 update soon?

    • Radi Choudhury 1 day ago Link to comment

      unnecessary moaning? I also switched from galaxy s3 to s5 and the battery was better, phone was smoother faster just about better in every way possible. basically my phone was the same as yours it was brilliant. and then lollipop happened. the first day I fell in love with lollipop because of the odd colour scheme but later that day I realised my battery drains within half a day and lost over 15% battery every night when I sleep (not even using the phone)
      I have a right to complain and moan because I did a factory reset and cleared cache and every thing. it didn't make a difference instead I just wiped my phone for no reason lol. Samsung need to do something soon it's getting too long

      • Kevin G. 1 day ago Link to comment

        Well I must be the lucky one, I immediately updated to 5.02 when I purchased my S5.
        I can go most days on 1 full charge. I'm a heavy user so am pretty pleased with the performance. My s3 would need full charge to last through the day and another for night if i was watching lot of video it would need charged again.
        It may be that my S5 would be even better on 4.4 but I doubt it.

  • Christine Arbogast 6 days ago Link to comment

    Time to go to Iphone!New update rots! So not user friendly any more. Thanks Galaxy!

  • Amanda H 6 days ago Link to comment

    I hate the lollipop update. Everything crashes, phone freezes more and my fingerprint scanner sensor stopped working. It's like Samsung is pushing their customers to Apple.

    • Tonya C 4 days ago Link to comment

      That's why I switched back to iOS! I loved the functionality of my S5, but the pop-ups, lagging, battery drain, etc was getting on my nerves! Also, the bluetooth was hinky! It would fritz all the time when connected through my car!

  • Craig Sowerby 1 week ago Link to comment

    How comes I'm still stuck on 5.0 when my partner has an s4 and is on 5.0.1 where as my friend has an s5 and is on 5.0.2 I've checked for updates and it still says latest firmware has been installed

    • Scott Adam Gordon
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      1 week ago Link to comment

      These update roll-outs never happen in all places at all times: it can even be different between the same handsets with the same carriers. We have an Xperia Z3 which only got Lollipop last week -- and it's unlocked and the update came out months ago. Hang in there :)

  • Megan Williams 1 week ago Link to comment

    I have had none stop problems with the new update. My phone crashes, apps crash constantly. And my messages never work!

    What is this all about?

  • Michele Sullivan 1 week ago Link to comment

    Ok, so I'm hearing all the bad that could happen and about the cool functions that are gone with the update, could you tell me what improvements come with the update? I just bought this S5 after having an Lg that was a nightmare, the last thing I want is to screw up my awesome phone!

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