Samsung Galaxy S5 OTA G900FXXU1BOH4 5.0. Lollipop Update, Rolling Out in England

Samsung has released another Android 5.0 Lollipop update that bump up the build number to G900FXXU1BOH4. The update is sent out via Over-The-Air (OTA) update to which the rolling out is only in England alone at this time being. The G900FXXU1BOH4 update is an address to the recent Android OS vulnerability  in pictures and video messaging (MMS). This is the same update that has also been sent out to many Android smartphones and tablets, including the US version of Galaxy S5 like AT&T Galaxy S5 (SM-G900A), T-Mobile Galaxy S5 (SM-G900T), Sprint Galaxy S5 (SM-G900P), Verizon Galaxy S5 (SM-G900V) and the Canadian Galaxy S5 (SM-G900W8), that bring nothing more but the Google's security patches to fix the so-called (Stagefright) vulnerability.

In addition, the G900FXXU1BOH4 is also equipped with a new application called Smart Manager, which allows users to manage and monitor the system such as the RAM memory usage, battery life performance, and the security settings. The G900FXXU1BOH4 is now the 6th Android 5.0 Lollipop update that has officially released in England's Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) owners.

What are the Technical details of G900FXXU1BOH4 5.0 Update?

Here's what the technical details of G900FXXU1BOH4 update to which can be viewed in Settings > About device, after performing the software update.
Device: Samsung Galaxy S5
Model number: SM-G900F
Android version: 5.0
Baseband version: G900FXXU1BOH4
Kernel version: 3.4.0-5508620 dpi@SWHD7404 #1
Build number: LRX21T.G900FXXU1BOH4

Other info:
Build date: Aug 10, 2015

The G900FXXU1BOH4 weighs around 331 MB in file size which available and have been officially pushed Over-The-Air OTA update. It is an update to the before G900FXXU1BOD3 update which only rolled out in Europe.  Other countries might going to get the update as the “CSC” version is indicated with an “OXA” code and it emphasized that it is an open firmware build referred to most unbranded Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F in Europe.  So better catch the update right now if your nearby in England.

The update has only held available for the unlocked or SIM-Free Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F users in United Kingdom at this moment but might as well available in select 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 show you the basic  intructions 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 urges 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 procedure 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 failure may cause damaged to your device that might result to what we called “soft-bricks”.  If this happen on your device, it 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 running in the official Lollipop released build version and hasn’t been rooted – Your device should not be modified or rooted, there are some 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.

How to Perform an 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 send out 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 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 G900FXXU1BOH4 Android 5.0 update is around 300+ MB in file size while updating via OTA.

How to Update the Galaxy S5 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 to connect your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F to a PC using the USB data cable, then simply run and follow Kies on-screen's software update instruction.