Lollipop Update G900HXXU1BOB8 on Galaxy S5 SM-N900H, Returns Silent Mode

An official Lollipop update with build version G900HXXU1BOB8 on Samsung  Galaxy S5 SM-N900H  has just recently released in Panama. The latter  is the first Lollipop update that has just started arriving in Latin America alone. Noting that Latin America's Galaxy S5 software update has some differences than those released in Europe.  According to reports, the G900HXXU1BOB8 Lollipop update differs from those initial released build version G900HXXU1BOA7 and G900HXXU1BOAD as the update itself technically contains the "Silent Mode" option which can be found in the status bar.

In addition, the G900HXXU1BOB8 Lollipop update is much stable compared to those two previous (BOA7 and BOAD) released . It is also has a much improved battery life performance, according to reports.

Since the Galaxy S5 SM-G900H Lollipop update are still rolling out in phases and in a timely manner so the rest of all those Galaxy S5 SM-G900H users around the world may need to wait their turn until the Lollipop update arrives in each respective countries.

Anyway, the technical details of the G900HXXU1BOB8 in Settings>>About device reads as follows;

  • Device name: Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Model number: SM-G900H
  • Android version: 5.0 (Lollipop OS)
  • Baseband version: G900HXXU1BOB8
  • Kernel version 3.4.0-4235534
  • Build number LRX21T.G900HXXU1BOB8
  • SE for Android status:  Enforcing

The 5.0 Lollipop G900HXXU1BOB8 is an update to previous 4.4.2 KitKat G900HXXU1ANI1 released in Latin America.  The update is now held available in Kies and or thru Over-The-Air (OTA) update.  Below are the step by step guide on how to perform a software update on Samsung Galaxy S5.

How to Update the Galaxy S5 SM-G900H to the Android 5.0 Lollipop

Samsung 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.

Back 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 has no root – Your device should not be modified and rooted, as there is a certain circumstances that a modified and rooted Galaxy S5 SM-G900H 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.

Update to 5.0 Lollipop 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-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.

Update to 5.0 Lollipop Through 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-G900H 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-G900H to the computer using the USB cable, then simply run and follow Kies on-screen software update instructions.