Galaxy S5 Official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update Finally Released

Yes folks! You heard it right. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update has finally released by Samsung itself.  The first roll out has just started and it's now heading its way to Korea's Galaxy S5 users, those variants dubbed with model number SM-G900S, SM-G900K, and SM-G900L whom were all carrier branded version got it first.   But anyway, this will come for sure for the rest of the Galaxy S5 owners across the globe not very long enough. This exactly the same thing happened to the recent Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge update to which also been bound to Korean users first then followed in Europe in a month after.

In addition, Samsung has focused on user experience and the device performance in the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update.  You may not find any additional applications in the update but offers more on device performance, usability and stability.  It offers a much more consistent and well-optimized users interface (UI). And the very first thing you'll notice is the new designed icon.

Here are the technical details of the three Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to which has just released in South Korea alone.

Galaxy S5 SM-G900S Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update:

Model number: SM-G900S
Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Baseband version: G900SKSU1CPB6
Kernel version: 3.4.0-7339726
Build number: MMB29M.G900SKSU1CPB9
Android security patch level: 2016-03-01
Build date: 25 February, 2016


Galaxy S5 SM-G900K Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update:

Model number: SM-G900K
Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Baseband version: G900KKTU1CPC1
Kernel version: 3.4.0-7339726
Build number: MMB29M.G900KKTU1CPC2
Android security patch level: 2016-03-01
Build date: 03 March, 2016


Galaxy S5 SM-G900L Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update:

Model number: SM-G900L
Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Baseband version: G900LKLU1CPC1
Kernel version: 3.4.0-7339726
Build number: MMB29M.G900LKLU1CPC3
Android security patch level: 2016-03-01
Build date: 25 February, 2016

Changelog details:

  • OS upgrade to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
  • The new TouchWiz provides enhanced usability and an updated visual design.
  • Quick connect helps you easily find and connect to nearby devices and pre-connection.
  • Fingerprints are securely protected. An alternative unlock method (pattern,PIN, or password.
  • Advanced power saving mode restricts background data and extends battery life.
  • New enhanced users interface and a lot more.

Again, this released is initially available to Galaxy S5 users in South Korea. As I said earlier, Samsung will surely release this much awaited Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to the rest of Galaxy S5 variants any time soon.

How to Update the Galaxy S5 to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

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 happened 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.
  • From the Home screen, touch the Settings icon.
  • Touch About device.
  • Touch 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.

How to Update the Galaxy S5 Thru Kies / Smart Switch?

The second method is a firmware update through Samsung Kies / Smart Switch for PC. You may head over to your  local Samsung support page from where you can download Samsung Kies/Smart Spwith for PC from there, and install it in your Windows or Mac computer. Once you installed Kies or Smart Switch for PC, all you need is to connect your Samsung Galaxy S5  to your PC using the USB data cable, then simply run and follow Kies or Smart Switch on-screen’s software update instruction.