Galaxy S5 SM-G900F 1st official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update, release build G900FXXU1CPD7

If you owned the Galaxy S5 SM-G900F might have been awaiting Galaxy S5 Marshmallow update and you've might have heard the news about the Korea's Galaxy S5, Latin America's Galaxy S5 SM-G900M, Sprint Galaxy S5 SM-G900P, and the Galaxy S5 G900I Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update recently.  Then worry not as your Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update has officially released by Samsung itself. The first Android Marshmallow update release build G900FXXU1CPD7 has now officially begun rolling out  in United Arab Emirates. Yes folks, it's available in UAE at as we speak.

In addition, this is only an initial released to which a good indication that the rest of the Galaxy S5 SM-G900F owners in Europe, Asia, and Middle East will also soon start to receive the said Android Marshmallow update. Below are the technical details to which also showed you the screenshot of the first official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update dubbed as  build version G900FXXU1CPD7.

Technical details of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update – First release build version G900FXXU1CPD7

  • Model number: SM-G900F
  • Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow OS)
  • Android security patch level: April 2, 2016
  • Baseband version: G900FXXU1CPB8
  • Kernel version: 3.4.0-7779004
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  • Build number: MMB29M.G900FXXU1CPD7
  • AP: G900FXXU1CPD
  • CSC: G900FOJV1CPD2
  • CP:  G900FXXU1CPB8

Main Features and/or Enhancements:

  • 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.

The update were also packed with the latest security patches, to which addressed up to the month of April 2, 2016.

Its now hitting the unlocked Galaxy S5 SM-G900F in United Arab Emirates as of this time being but might also going to roll out in select countries in Europe 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  instructions on how to perform a software update on your Samsung Galaxy S5.

How to Update the Samsung Galaxy S5 to Official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow?

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 an official or factory firmware 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 6.0.1 Marshmallow 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.