G900VVRU1ANK2 Verizon Galaxy S5 Software Update Still on 4.4.4 not Android 5.0 Lollipop Yet

Verizon Galaxy S5 got a new software update to build version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANK2. The G900VVRU1ANK2 appears not an Android 5.0 Lollipop update as everyone might expect to come this  holiday season, but still base in Android 4.4.4 KitKat.  The former targets and brings fixes to the VPN connectivity issue and an issue where some users saw a memory card error “Blank SD card or unsupported files” after the last software update — 4.4.4 G900VVRU1ANI2.
The update iself also replaced the ISIS mobile wallet with Softcard.

In addition, there are no official Android 5.0 Lollipop in U.S. Those who might not yet knew, the Android 5.0 has been already rolled out in Poland at this time being only, whereas other countries might get it much sooner. Be patient. There is no need to rush-in as the Android 5.0 still not so perfectly stable yet as there are still some bugs found that needs a concrete stabilization. You can even see this issues on Nexus devices that gets the 5.0 Lollipop ahead of other Android devices.

Here are the official changelog of the 4.4.4 G900VVRU1ANK2, addressed by Verizon Wireless:

  • Fixed VPN connectivity issue
  • Fixed an issue where some users saw a memory card error
    “Blank SD card or unsupported files” after the last software update

  • Replaced Isis Mobile Wallet with Softcard

Technical Details of 4.4.4 G900VVRU1ANK2:

Software Update for the SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 SM-G900V

Phone Name: Samsung Galaxy S5
Model: SM- G900V
Android 4.4.4
Baseband G900VVRU1ANK2
Kernel version
3.4.0 dpi@SWDD5609 #1
Sun Nov 17 19:36:17 KST 2014
Build number KTU84P.G900VVRU1ANK2
SE for Android Status
Enforcing SEPF_SM-G900V_4.4.4_0033
Hardware: G900V.05
Security software version
MDF v1.0 Release 3
VPN v1.4 Release 2

Tips on How to Upgrade the Galaxy S5 SM-G900V to G900VVRU1ANK2 4.4.4 Software Update

Samsung as well Verizon support team always advises us to prepare the following important notes to consider before performing the software update.  I have also added some useful insights why you should follow this procedures to keep your  phone in safe.

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 failures may cause damaged to your device that might results as we so-called “soft-bricks”. If this happens your device may just stuck on Samsung logo or welcome screen and can’t reboot normally.

Backup important data – Even though it is not as always necessarily but if something might went wrong while taking the software update your important data is already in a safe place.  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.

Galaxy S5 has no root – Your device should not be modified or rooted, there is a certain circumstances that a modified and rooted Galaxy S5 SM-G900V 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 Update to G900VVRU1ANK2 4.4.4 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 usually a notification message will directly sent 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 fro the update instead.  Doing this you may only tap on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900V Settings>>About Device, tap Software Update.
  • Find “Software update”
  • Slide your finger down the display starting from the top edge of your mobile phone.
  • Tap the settings icon.
  • Tap About device.
  • Tap Software update.

It will automatically tells 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.

You may head-over to Verizon’s support page on the source link below for the complete changelog and detailed guide.

Source: Verizon