Marshmallow Update to G900FXXU1CPD2 for Europe's Unbranded Galaxy S5 SM-G900F has begun

The long awaited Android Marshmallow update for the unbranded or factory unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F has just started in Europe. Earlier today, an unbranded firmware build G900FXXU1CPD2 which is based in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow has started hitting over the air. The said Android MM released are now initially available and are spotted heading to The Netherlands Galaxy S5 owners.  This is just a good indication that the rest of the European countries will received the said Marshmallow goodies these couple of days ahead.

The Android Marshmallow G900FXXU1CPD2 build is quite similar to the ones released on Vodafone Galaxy S5 update build G900FXXU1CPD3. It carries the same "kernel version" and has been process at the date but only differs in "baseband" version.  We have also found that released build G900FXXU1CPD7  in United Arab Emirates seems the most latest build compared to the latter and the former.  Below are the technical details of the said Marshmallow update buil G900FXXU1CPD2.

Technical details of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update – Release build version G900FXXU1CPD2

  • Model number: SM-G900F
  • Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow OS)
  • Android security patch level: April 2, 2016
  • Baseband version: G900FXXU1CPCH
  • Kernel version: 3.4.0-7182592
  • Build number: MMB29M.G900FXXU1CPD2
  • AP: G900FXXU1CPD2
  • CSC: G900FPHN1CPC4

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.

This update were also packed with the latest security patches, to which addressed up to the month of April 2, 2016. It is being held available and might be released in phases for the Galaxy S5 SM-G900F in The Netherlands but might as well also heading to the rest of European 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  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.

For advanced users and for those who have a rooted Galaxy S5, you can download the stock firmware instead - Galaxy S5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Firmware. Since your device has been modified it will no longer receive an over-the-air OTA. So the only way to get the marshmallow update is to fully unroot your Galaxy S5 first.