Australia's Galaxy S5 Finally Receives Lollipop Update, version G900IDVU1BOE1

Finally! Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900I) users in Australia has now started receiving the long-awaited Lollipop update.  It might a long wait but the most important thing is that it has  finally arrived.  Several owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has confirmed that the Lollipop update have had started and delivered via Over-The-Air (OTA), earlier today. The latter is dubbed with build  G900IDVU1BOE1, which now fully replaced all of the previous Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates.

The update went out live OTA earlier today for the unlocked Galaxy S5 version, including Vodafone and Telstra. On the other hand Optus also sends out the update and had announced that the update was started already.  You can read this confirmation from Optus community support here.

Reading at the announcements itself, it seems it  could be by some kind of mistake or misspelled, since the Lollipop update is based in Lollipop 5.0 and not the  Lollipop 5.0.2 yet.   But the Lollipop 5.0.2 might be already on their hands and have had just undergone into some kind of test process. Noting that the Android 5.0.2 is already sent out on all latest Samsung Galaxy flagship, like the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge — which is the successor of the Galaxy S5.

Here are the technical details of G900IDVU1BOE1 Lollipop 5.0 update:

Model number: SM-G900I
Android version: 5.0
Baseband version: G900IDVU1BOD2
Kernel version:  3.4.0-4826466 dpi@SWDD3916
Build number:  LRX21T.G900IDVU1BOE1
Build date: May 04, 2015
Release date:  started 1st of June 2015 and the rolls out usually ends after 14 days.
Other info:
CSC: G900IXSA1BOD2 (Unlocked version)
CSC: G900ITEL1BOD2 (Telstra)
CSC: G900IVAU1BOD2 (Vodafone)
CSC: G900IOPS1BOD2 (Optus)

The update is now held available in Australia but New Zealand might follow at very least 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. Updating via FOTA weighs around 916MB and via Samsung Kies is roughly 2.4GB in files size. 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 G900IDVU1BOE1 Android 5.0 update is around 916 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.