Galaxy S5 G900FXXU1BOB7 5.0 Lollipop Update, Silent mode is back

A new Lollipop software update version G900FXXU1BOB7 is hitting on Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F once again.  The G900FXXU1BOB7 is still in Android 5.0 Lollipop base  next to the previous G900FXXU1BOA3 . The latter has just rolled out in United Kingdom at this moment  but the firmware build itself also indicates  a 'multi CSC' that also points to other countries in Europe.  So chances are that the rest of Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F users might also get this update soon.

Since we already seen the Android 5.0 in action so there is nothing to expect any major changes about this update. But some significant adverse effect I noticed about the G900FXXU1BOB7 is that the "Silent mode" feature has returned back.  On previous updates we knew that  the "Silent mode" was removed but now you can see it again in status bar.  I also noticed that the screen brightness seem also reduced at around 10% level  which is a bit dimmer than before even I set it up to 100%.  I can't see any improvements  in battery life performance as it's still fresh but I'm still monitoring it on a different usage.

Furthermore, the G900FXXU1BOB7 Lollipop update weights  323.39MB in file size. It is held both available via Over-The-Air and Kies but then again can only be seen in UK at this moment. I'll just keep you updated if and when it also arrives in some countries.

The technical details of the G900FXXU1BOB7 Android 5.0 Lollipop update reads as follows:
  • Device: Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Model number: SM-G900F
  • Android version: 5.0 (Lollipop OS)
  • Baseband version G900FXXU1BOA3
  • Kernel version: 3.4.0-4209230
  • Build number: LRX21T.G900FXXU1BOB7
  • SE for Android status Enforcing
  • AP: G900FXXU1BOB7
  • CSC: G900FOXA1BOB7
  • CP: G900FXXU1BOB7

Again, the G900FXXU1BOA7 is only available for UK’s unbranded Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F users.  The rest of European countries might also start seeing the same update these following days. I still seeing the G900FXXU1BOA3 released for those who got a carrier branded Galaxy S5  G900F. Those who have not seen the Android 5.0 Lollipop 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

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 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 G900FXXU1BOB7 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 Thru Kies

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 from Android KitKat, and up to Lollipop 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.