As the Galaxy S5 already started receiving its Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update in Korea earlier last week. This week, the Latin American version of the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900M) has followed the track and its also receiving its official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update dubbed with software build G900MUBU1CPC3. This comes as earlier than the international Galaxy S5 SM-G900F as we expected. The said update has landed on unbranded Galaxy S5 (SM-G900M) in Trinidad and Tobago, and some select countries in Latin America alone.
Furthermore, as of this moment there are four Galaxy S5 models already have its Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow treatment. These Galaxy S5 models are the SM-G900L, SM-G900K, SM-G900S and then the SM-G900M recently. All United States variants like AT&T SM-G900A, T-Mobile SM-G900T, Sprint SM-G900P, Verizon SM-G900V, and US Cellular SM-G900R4 hasn’t have any Android M so far. Likewise to Canada’s Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 and Australia’s variant the SM-G900I, including the rest of international models such as the SM-G900F, SM-G900FD, SM-G900FQ, SM-G900H, SM-G900MD were also awaiting its Android M, until now.
Technical details of Galaxy S5 SM-G900M first Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update:
Model number: SM-G900M
Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Android security patch level: 2016-03-01
Baseband version: G900MUBU1CPC3
Kernel version: 3.4.0-7500820
Build number: MMB29M.G900MUBU1CPC3
Build date: 12 March, 2016
As you may noticed, this Android Marshmallow updates is also equipped with an updated version of Android security patch to which has bumped its level to March 01, 2016.
The new features of the said Android Marshmallow OS are as follows:
- OS upgrade to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
- The new TouchWiz provides enhanced usability and an updated visual design.
- Quick connect helps you easily find and connect to nearby devices and pre-connection.
- Fingerprints are securely protected. An alternative unlock method (pattern,PIN, or password.
- Advanced power saving mode restricts background data and extends battery life.
- New enhanced users interface and a lot more.
How to Update the Galaxy S5 to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Recharge the phone’s battery – You should make sure your device is fully recharged before performing the software update. Do not also remove the battery during the software update is in progress. A power failure may cause damaged to your device that might result to what we called “soft-bricks”. If this happened on your device, it may just stuck on Samsung logo or welcome screen and can’t reboot normally.
Backup important data – You should back-up your important files, including contacts, emails, messages, photos, videos, apps and other stuff. Like I said while during software update process is interrupted there is a possibility that your data stored from your device internal SD card may lose or deleted when a sudden unexpected failure happened and it forces you to perform a factory data reset which basically wipes your phone’s memory.
Ensure that your Galaxy S5 should still running in the official Lollipop released build version and hasn’t been rooted – Your device should not be modified or rooted, there are some certain circumstances that a modified and rooted Galaxy S5 SM-G900F may not accept any official software update anymore or it can accept an update but it might harm your device once the update has made. Learn about the new Samsung KNOX security suite. Most known error that says ‘firmware upgrade encountered an issue, please select recovery mode in Kies and try again‘ or “Your device has been modified Software update are not available” you should try to avoid that from happening.
How to Perform an Update via Over-The-Air (OTA)?
This is usually how the carrier branded or locked Samsung Galaxy S5, performs a software update. This method is Firmware Update through over the air or called as OTA update, which most often a notification message will directly send out to you from your network provider or Samsung and notifies you that there is a new update available for download. If you did not receive any notification messages you can manually check for the update instead. Doing this you may only tap on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900F Settings > About Device, tap Software Update.
- From the Home screen, touch the Settings icon.
- Touch About device.
- Touch Software update.
It will automatically tell you that a new update is available or your software is up to date when there is none yet. You can simply tap install now when you want to perform an update or install later.
How to Update the Galaxy S5 Thru Kies / Smart Switch?
The second method is a firmware update through Samsung Kies / Smart Switch for PC. You may head over to your local Samsung support page from where you can download Samsung Kies/Smart Spwith for PC from there, and install it in your Windows or Mac computer. Once you installed Kies or Smart Switch for PC, all you need is to connect your Samsung Galaxy S5 to your PC using the USB data cable, then simply run and follow Kies or Smart Switch on-screen’s software update instruction.