Galaxy S5 SM-G900H Lollipop Update April 2015 Roundup

Samsung has been sending out the official Lollipop update on Galaxy S5 SM-G900H for a quite some time and has been continuously rolling out in several countries until now.  However,  there are still some countries has not yet to see the coming of the Lollipop updates while others gets several Lollipop update version from the past three months period.  Way back in January, we have seen the first official Lollipop update dubbed with build version G900HXXU1BOA7 in Europe .  Then followed by another Lollipop update build version G900HXXU1BOB8 for the Galaxy S5 G900H users in the Americas and the build version G900HXXU1BOC3 in Asia.

Recently, we have spotted several rounds of Galaxy S5 SM-G900H Lollipop update which are seeding out in select countries for this month of April 2015. Noting that Samsung has released a variety of different Android 5.0 Lollipop build version to each specific continent across the globe.  So here are the roundup of what software build version and which countries could benefit this new rounds of Lollipop update.

Lollipop update on Galaxy S5 SM-G900H as of April 2015

1) Lollipop Update build version G900HXXU1BOC4

This update is seeding out in Argentina and it's the first official Lollipop update for the country's Galaxy S5  SM-G900H users.  It's basically rolled out for the carrier branded Galaxy S5 devices.

Here are the technical details of v5.0 G900HXXU1BOC4 update which can be viewed via Settings>>About device.
  •  Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900H
  • Android version 5.0 (Lollipop OS)
  • Baseband version G900HXXU1BOC4
  • Kernel version 3.4.0-4372703
  • Build number LRX21T.G900HXXU1BOC4

2) Lollipop Update build version G900HXXU1BOCA

This particular Lollipop update has seen in Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan of which among of these countries got the first official update in January.  Not only that there is also another Lollipop update followed in just a matter of days which was dubbed with build version "G900HXXU1BOAD". So this is technically the third official Lollipop update that has been released on those countries as of April 2015.
  • Android version 5.0 (Lollipop OS)
  • Baseband version G900HXXU1BOCA
  • Kernel version 3.4.0-4521975
  • Build number LRX21T.G900HXXU1BOCA

3) Lollipop Update build version G900HXXU1BOD1

The G900HXXU1BOD1 is the recent one and now rolling out in Argentina and Brazil.  Noting that the rest of Latin America countries already got a Lollipop update such as Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Paraguay and Uruguay to build version G900HXXU1BOB8  way back in February. So this is a continuation of the roll out to the rest of the region.
  • Android version 5.0 (Lollipop OS)
  • Baseband version G900HXXU1BOD1
  • Kernel version 3.4.0-4619314
  • Build number LRX21T.G900HXXU1BOD1

In addition, seeing that the Lollipop update has kept on coming on several countries there still few countries did not see the update yet. Some of these countries like South Africa, including those in Middle East and South Asian countries are still awaiting their Lollipop update.  So if you were from those mentioned regions, just keep eyeing out of it. It could  arrive very soon.

Below, is the step-by-step guide on how to get the Lollipop update for your Galaxy S5 SM-G900H device.  Just make sure to learn the basic approach as you might need it if and when the Lollipop update arrives in your areas.

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.