G900FXXU1BOA3 Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Arrived in UK, First firmware build in 2015

The Android 5.0 Lollipop update has finally reaches in UK Samsung  Galaxy S5 users.  A unique software build number G900FXXU1BOA3, indicating a fresher build this year. The three last digits letters "OA3", the  "O" basically emphasized as a date of a year "2015", while letter "A" holds the first month of the year which is "January"  and the number "3" shows how many revisions has its made.

In addition,  if one might have to ask why Samsung had to released another firmware build version in UK whilst the rest of European countries has the same build version. Well, maybe it just happens that UK's Galaxy S5 just got delayed a bit and there is nothing to argue with that. If we take a closer look to the firmware build G900FXXU1BOA3 itself, it has a similar changes-value to the previous Android 5.0 G900FXXU1BNL9. It is simply means that nothing more any special added features to it. But noting that the G900FXXU1BOA3 is the newer build and had been into several revisions, then there is a possibility that it might be something a lot better than the previously rolled out.

However, the United States version of Samsung Galaxy S5, including  AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and  Sprint has no signs of any official Android 5.0 Lollipop update yet. And so does in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Middle East and Latin America at this time being. But let's hope that it will going to arrive very soon!

Here are the firmware build details of G900FXXU1BOA3 Android 5.0:
  •  Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F
  • Android version 5.0 (Lollipop OS)
  • Baseband version G900FXXU1BOA3
  • Kernel version 3.4.0-3624618
    dpi@SWDD6114 #1
    Wed Jan 7 20:14:27 KST 2015
  • Build number LRX21T.G900FOXA1BOA3
  • SE for Android status Enforcing
  • AP: G900FXXU1BOA3
  • CSC: G900FOXA1BOA4
  • CP: G900FXXU1BOA3

Again, the G900FXXU1BOA3 is only available for UK's unbranded Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F users. Those who got a carrier branded one might as well see an update like the ones used to officially rolled out to the rest of European countries such as the G900FXXU1BNL9. You might wanna see the updated list of countries and network providers here. Those who have not seen the update yet, might better manually check it via Over-the-air (OTA) update or using Kies. Below are the guides that shows the basic  method on how to perform a software update on Samsung Galaxy S5.

How to Update the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F to Official Android 5.0 Lollipop build G900FXXU1BOA3

Samsung always urge 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 – 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 should no "Root" installed – Your device should not be modified or rooted, there is a 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 Update Galaxy S5 G900F to  Android 5.0 G900FXXU1BOA3 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 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 for the update instead.  Doing this you may only tap on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900F 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. The G900FXXU1BOA3 Android 5.0 update is around 300+ MB in file size while updating via OTA.

How to Update the Galaxy S5 G900F to Android 5.0  Lollipop G900FXXU1ABOA3 Thru Kies

Samsung Galaxy S5 Kies Software update download

The second method is a firmware update through Samsung Kies. You may head-over to your  local Samsung support page from where you can download Samsung Kies from there, and install it in your Windows or Mac computer. Choose the new Kies 3 which supports the Galaxy S5 SM-G900F and other Samsung devices running with Android 4.4.2 and up OS .  Once you installed Kies 3, all you need is connect your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F to the computer using the USB cable, then simply run and follow Kies on-screen software update instructions.