Vodafone's Galaxy S5 receives Lollipop update to version G900FXXU1POE2 in Italy

A Lollipop update dubbed with build version G900FXXU1POE2 is now rolling out on Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F. The latter is a carrier branded firmware build and belongs to Vodafone Galaxy S5 devices.  The update is now initially available in Italy at this time being but might also continues on all Galaxy S5 under Vodafone's network across the Europe region these following days.

Furthermore, the G900FXXU1POE2 is the third Android 5.0 Lollipop officially released on Vodafone's Galaxy S5 SM-G900F alone.  It might bring some minor system stability enhancements, bug fixes and more improvements to the device.

Here are the technical details about the G900FXXU1POE2  Lollipop update which can be viewed in Settings>>About device:

Model number: SM-G900F
Android version: 5.0
Baseband version: G900FXXU1BOD3
Kernel version:  3.4.0-4747290
Build number:  LRX21T.G900FXXU1POE2
Build date: May 04, 2015
Release date: May 24, 2015

The G900FXXU1POE2 is an update to the previous released version G900FXXU1BOD3 which still continuously rolling out in Europe.  There are no any new features to expect on this update but of-course you might notice the some differences when it comes to speed and performance. So one have to make sure to get the update and then just observe whether it could bring some significant changes to the device.

Here is a recap of what are the key-features on Lollipop update:
The Lollipop features a new User Interface look and feel, more fluid motions. Smart Lock to secure phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like a wearable or car.  Songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one Android device can be immediately enjoyed across all of your Android devices. Battery saving features and remaining time left to charge or deplete indicators. Priority mode to only allow certain notifications to get through.

The update is only available for Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F users at this time being but might as well available in some countries soon.
Those who have not received the update yet, you folks 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.

Ensure that your Galaxy S5 should still runs on the official Lollipop released build version and hasn’t been rooted – 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.

Update 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 G900FXXU1BOD3 Android 5.0 update is around 300+ MB in file size while updating via OTA.

Update 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 with Android 5.0 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.