Galaxy S5 SM-G900F & SM-G900H Receives Security Patch Update build to G900FXXS1BPC3 and G900HXXS1BPC4

Both of the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F (Snapdragon)  and  the Galaxy S5 SM-G900H (Exynos) variants has received another monthly  security patch OTA update to which has bumped up its security level to March 01, 2016.  Unfortunately, this update is not the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow yet, but still in Android 5.0 Lollipop base. The update came out as build G900FXXS1BPC3 for the Galaxy S5 SM-G900F. While the Galaxy S5 SM-G900H also gets another build dubbed as G900HXXS1BPC4.

In addition, as you may noticed seeing at the build numbers it self, it changes to letter "S" instead of the usual "U" series.  This might be simply means that  the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is getting closer within these couple of days. So let ourselves just hold on for while and wait until the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow's release. In fact, it has been out there and confirmed that Samsung has been working about it.

Here goes the technical details of the Android security patch update for the month of March 2016.
This can be viewed in Settings > About device, right after the installation of  the update.

Galaxy S5 SM-G900F Update:

Model number: SM-G900F
Android version: 5.0
Baseband version: G900FXXU1BOJ1
Kernel version: 3.4.0-5508620
Build number: LRX21T.G900FXXS1BPC3
Android security patch level: 2016-03-01
Build date: March 04, 2016


Galaxy S5 SM-G900H Update:

Device: Samsung Galaxy S5
Model number: SM-G900H
Android version: 5.0
Baseband version: G900HXXU1BOL2
Kernel version: 3.4.0-5852541
Build number: LRX21T.G900FXXS1BPC4
Android security patch level: 2016-03-01
Build date: March 07, 2016


Both of this update were released on both unlocked and carrier locked Galaxy S5 in Europe and Middle East region.

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  instructions on how to perform a software update on your Samsung Galaxy S5.

How to Update the Samsung Galaxy S5 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 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 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 or Smart Switch on-screen’s software update instruction.