Showing posts with label GalaxyS5 Firmware. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GalaxyS5 Firmware. Show all posts

Galaxy S5 G900F Update G900FXXU1ANG9, fingerprint sensor fixes

There is a new update for Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F dubbed with firmware build number G900FXXU1ANG9. The update is still based in Android 4.4.2 and now seen rolling out in The Netherlands and Southeast Europe region. The new 4.4.2 G900FXXU1ANG9 has the same changelog value to the 4.4.2 G900FXXU1ANG2 which have been also rolled out in Europe and Asian countries earlier. The said G900FXXU1ANG9 update brings some improvements to the fingerprint sensor which has been reportedly has a serious problem when swiping down the screen.

There are also some improvements to speed and battery life performance but rather check it out by yourself once you took the update. The update can now be seen via over-the-air OTA update which is only available for those who owns the unbranded Galaxy S5 SM-N900F in The Netherlands and South east Europe at this time being.

Technical Details of G900FXXU1ANG9:

Here are the build info of the 4.4.2 update build version G900FXXU1ANG9 for Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F:
Model number: SM-G900F
Android version: 4.4.2
Baseband version: G900FXXU1ANG2
Kernel version: 3.0.4-2089850
Build number: KOT49H.G900FXXU1ANG9
Build Date: July 2014
Release Date: August 2014

How to Upgrade the Galaxy S5 SM-G900F to the latest 4.4.2 Software Update

Samsung always advises 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 procedures 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 failures may cause damaged to your device that might results as we so-called “soft-bricks”. If this happens your device 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.

Galaxy S5 has no root - Your device should not been modified or rooted, there is a 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.

Update to  G900FXXU1ANG9 4.4.2 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 usually a notification message will directly sent to you from your network provider or Samsung and notifies you that there is a new update available for download.  If you did not received any notification messages you can manually check fro 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 tells 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.

Update to G900FXXU1ANG9 Through 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 4.4.2 and up OS .  Once you installed Kies 3, all you need is connect your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F to the computer using the USB cable, then simply run and follow Kies on-screen software update instructions.

If you already received this update, just do shed us some info on how the G900FXXU1ANG9 4.4.2 software update performs on your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F.

Australia Galaxy S5 SM-G900I G900IDVU1ANC6 Original 4.4.2 Firmware

Here are Australia's  Galaxy S5 SM-G900I  official and the original 4.4.2 factory firmware G900IDVU1ANC6 which is suitable to use when times comes that you need to unroot your  phone. The stock 4.4.2 G900IDVU1ANC6 is the first firmware that has set foot on Australians Galaxy S5  during the market launch.  Firmware is not only useful to remove root from the device but you can also use it to fully restore back your SGS 5 from any modification you have made to its original default settings from the first time you bought it.

One more thing, if you've missed-up your phone from customization and ended-up into soft bricks, this is also your other last resort to fix and regain your phone back to life.

Technical details of G900IDVU1ANC6 4.4.2 Firmware?

Here is what we have in Australia's Galaxy S5 G900I 4.4.2 firmware build version of G900IDVU1ANC6 :

Android version:4.4.2
Baseband version:G900IDVU1ANC6
Kernel version:3.0.4-964941
Build number:KOT49H.G900IDVU1ANC6
CSC:G900IXSA1ANC6 (unbranded)
G900IVAU1ANC6 (Vodafone)
G900ITEL1ANC6 (Telstra)
G900IOPS1ANC6 (Optus)

How to Install and Return Back the Original Firmware on Galaxy S5 SM-G900I

Sooner or later if you alter your Galaxy S5 you will end-up and  come through this. Once you root or install in custom ROM and then you want to return back your Galaxy S5 to its original firmware, then this is what you need.

What is a Stock ROM?

Stock ROMs are the firmware that has been released from Samsung Kies official firmware server. These are being pulled from Kies by an Android firmware experts and carefully re-bundled it to make it flashable by using Odin flasher tool, via CWM and some prepared tool like chainfires’ Mobile Odin. This guide here tackles an Odin flashable stock ROM only, you might also see other methods like flashing via CWM and Mobile Odin (whuch is to be added soon).

Stock ROMs contains the binary and image files of the whole software packaged, like these:
* Sbl.bin
* cache.img
* factoryfs.img
* hidden.img
* modem.bin
* param.lfs
* zImage
Inside the stock ROM bundled, those binary and images files are packed in three different formats.
Some full packaged stock ROM comes in multiple package this includes with BOOTLOADER image and PIT files, but in flashing it’s been safe not to use these files.

BL - This is the boot image and some encrypted hidden data is located here, patches and tweaks also starts here.
AP – This is the software/firmware build number version and consists to a code of numbers and letters.
CP – This renders the specific Baseband or device modem data (GSM/3G/4G/LTE).
This where it contains the default settings of each specific geographical region, carrier or network providers network data connections.
CSC – Refers to the specific country or carriers for that said firmware is being build for.

PIT – the PIT file refers as ‘Partition Information Table’. This is only useful for fixing bricked devices if somehow something changed with the partition table layout of the phone’s system memory. But in normal flashing, you should not use this file, or you may screw up your phone if handed carelessly.

FAQ about flashing stock ROM

Q: Does it safe to flash stock ROM?
A: There is a risk danger in flashing firmware either original stock ROM and or custom ROMs on the device. Any unwanted interruption occurred will cause your device into softbricks. If it is your first time heard about this method,  it is highly recommended to search more and learn about flashing stock ROM before you proceed.

Q: Does Flashing will remove all my data stored on the device.
A: Yes and NO. There are two types of stock ROM, the wiped and non-wiped version. It is highly recommended that you should back-up all your important data stored in the phone’s memory like contacts, messages before flashing.

Q: Do I Need to ROOT or UNROOT my phone before flashing stock ROM?
A: NO need to root or unroot yor device, but you will loose root once flashing is made. So, you need to re-root your device again.

Q: Does Flashing stock ROM to my phone will erase the network lock?
A: NO. Your network (or SIM) lock will still remain active.

Q: Does Flashing stock ROM will remove root on my phone?
A: Yes. If you currently have rooted, your phone will return back to original factory settingsafter flashing. You need to re-root again to install any 3rd party applications.

Q: Does flashing an operator specific firmware will restrict my open phone to that operator’s network?
A: NO. Your phone still remain open for any Operator SIM. Operator specific builds usually containing “only specific country or carrier provider” logo, bloatwares, wallpapers and/or browser settings, etc.
Disclaimer: We shall not be held responsible if anything happens to your device by following this guide. You may proceed at your own risk, your phone is not a toy for us, it is your own personal property, it is up to you to decide on what and how to do about it.

Important Reminders before Flashing Galaxy S5 SM-G900I Stock ROM

- Make sure that your Galaxy S5′s battery is fully charge.
- Stock ROM packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data afterflashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it doesn’t delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc.  before flashing no-matter if it is Full-WIpe or Non-Wipe,  just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in  safe  if something went wrong during the flashing process.
- Remember or back up the APN settings of your device. ( This only done if you try to install other regions stock ROM.
- Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port.  Odin will not work on MAC OS.
- Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy S5.
- Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings. Go to Settings > Applications > Development, and tick the box that says ‘Enable USB Debugging’.
- Do a “Hard Reset” if you have a lot of 3rd party applications installed from your phone, this is useful to gain a smooth flashing. (Just make sure that you already back up all your important files before resetting your device.
- Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.

Step 1: Download the needed tools for flashing

Odin Flasher Tools

Odin3_v3.07 download
Odin3_v3.09 download
Galaxy S5 USB Driver  download

Download your Galaxy S5 SM-N900I Original Firmware or Stock ROM according to your phone’s carrier or network providers.
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Note! Choose and install only the right stock ROM on each specified Galaxy S5 model number, DO NOT install to other model numbers for it will harm your device or resulting to possible bricks.

Stock ROM are case sensitive and may result to undesired outcomes if used improperly.. Eachstock ROM was built to a specific product code variant. South America version SM-G900I  stock ROM cannot be used on other regions like U.S. Canada, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa for it might result into unwanted bricks or other problems such as data connectivity and signal lost.

You can directly download the firmware files  from below sources. Here are the list of  the  Galaxy S5 SM-G900I 4.4.2 G900IDVU1ANC6 firmware according to network providers.

Step 2: Extract the downloaded stock ROM

You need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.

Step 3: Run and Configure Odin

Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.09 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked, only  the ‘AUTO-REBOOT and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes are both remained checked.

Step 4: Reboot your Galaxy S5 into Download Mode

To reboot the Galaxy S5 into  download mode , you need to turn the power off.  After it completely shut off,  just  press and hold the Volume Down key,  Home button and the PowerON/OFF button simultaneously.

You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you  to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”

Step 5: Connect your Phone to PC or Laptop

Once you already reboot the phone in download mode,  simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin.

Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.

Step 6: Load the binary .tar.md5 file

Single Packaged Stock ROM
If the stock ROM is pack in One .tar.md5 file only the PDA, CSC and Phone modem are already included to it. Now, you need to just simply click on the PDA button, then browse to the folder where the .tar or .tar.md5 you have previously extracted and then select and load it.
Like for example if you use the Australia's  unbranded Galaxy S5  4.4.2 G900IDVU1ANC6 stock ROM, so it came as Kies_Home_G900IDVU1ANC6 _G900IXSA1ANC6.tar.md5.

Step 7: Start Flashing or Installing the stock ROM

Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.

Step 8: Watch out for the word PASS!!

When the Stock ROM installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.

Confirm your fresh firmware installed by typing *#1234# or
Go to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.
You can also do factory reset by dialing *2767*3855#.
Check and reconfigure your APN settings when data networks connection issues encountered. This only happens if you installed other regions stock ROM.

Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock ROM on Samsung Android devices. These are just a few hints on how to resolved it.

Q: I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” ?
A:  Do the following steps:

1. Check your USB connection from the phone to PC,
2. Connect to another PC USB port
3. Check and try to another USB cable
4. Re-install the USB driver.

Q: Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, It isn’t responding at all?
A: Check for possible program that might interrupt the process, like disabling the anti-virus and closing any running programs.
Try to use another PC or laptop,

Q: I experienced bootloop or the phone just stuck on Welcome Logo (phone always stop at bootanimation) and it won’t boot normally?
A: You can fix it via recovery mode option, do this:
Boot in recovery mode
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy S5 in Normal mode.

That’s it! you have now learned how to install Samsung Galaxy S5 stock ROM. You can use this procedure again and again, using any future stock ROM that only match with your device.
All other questions and suggestions are most welcome, just let me know by leaving a message on the comment form below. Enjoy!