Canadian Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 Update version 5.0 G900W8VLU1BOC2, Security Improvements Added

Bell, Rogers, Telus, and the rest of Canadian carrier's Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 gets a new software update that will bump up the build version to G900W8VLU1BOC2.  The update is said to address the recent vulnerabilities in picture and video messaging (MMS). The G900W8VLU1BOC2 is not the Android 5.1.1 update yet but is still based in Android 5.0,  just like the previous update - build version G900W8VLU1BOC1.   The latter only brings the Google's Security Patch to fix the (Stagefright) bug, which is basically a security enhancement to the device OS, so that the users vital information will be protected and safe.

Technicals details of the G900W8VLU1BOC2 5.0 update

Device: Samsung Galaxy S5
Model number: SM-G900W8
Android version: 5.0 (Lollipop OS)
Baseband version G900W8VLU1BOC2
Kernel version: 3.4.0-4100894
Build number: LRX21T.G900W8VLU1BOC2
SE for Android status Enforcing
advanced user's info:
Build date: 04 August 2015

Features and Enhancements of the G900W8VLU1BOC2 5.0 update

  • Device Security improvements to address recent vulnerabilities in picture and video (MMS)

The update is equipped with Android OS Security Fix (Stagefright) and nothing else.  There are no any other noticeable changes to take effect once the update has made, as the update only targets the inner part of the Android operating system. But after taking the update Samsung is ensuring that the Galaxy S5 will then much more secure from the aforementioned security flaws of the Android OS.

The update is now rolling out via Over-The-Air (OTA) and Kies to all Canadian Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900W8) to which particularly comes from Rogers, Telus, Bell, Wind, Mobilicity, Koodo, Virgin Mobile, Fido, Vidéotron, EastLink and SaskTel. The released may be in stages and this simply means that everyone may not get the update at the same time. If ever you did not received the notification message yet, you may simply tap on your phone's Settings > About device > Software Update > Check for update.

Below is the step by step procedure on how you can update your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 to the officially released build version G900W8VLU1BOC2, Android 5.0 Lollipop.

How to Update Galaxy S5 G900W8 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 most often  a notification message will directly sent out to you from your network provider 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 so you may only navigate on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 Settings>>About Device, then 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 tell 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 G900W8VLU1BOC2  Android 5.0 update is around 300+ MB in file size while updating via Over-The-Air (OTA) update.

How to Get the Lollipop Update using 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-G900W8 and other Samsung devices running from Android KitKat, and up to Lollipop OS.  Once you installed Kies 3, all you need is to simply  connect your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 into the PC using the USB data cable, then simply run and follow Kies on-screen software update instruction.

source: Bell