The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now receiving a performance-improving firmware update
It seems that the European, unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S5, which is rolling under the SM-G900F model name, is currently being treated to a firmware update, which will improve the general performance of the forerunner. It will bring your firmware version to XXU1ANG2 and apart from the numerous (and most-welcome) under-the-hood tweaks and enhancements, the update also comes with a brand new kernel and a baseband.
This is but the second update that Samsung has pushed to its flagship. Just a week after the Galaxy S5 hit the shelves back in April, the tech giant stepped up the game of the dust- and water-proof device even further with a performance-boosting update. In addition, the Galaxy S5 received a bug-killing hotfix just a day prior to its launch. Alas, the latest update surely aims to keep up the Galaxy S5 with the Joneses - the LG G3 is the first to pop in mind, whereas the upcoming iPhone generation certainly worries Sammy even more.
As usual, it may take a while before the latest performance-centric update makes its way to your Samsung-branded digital companion. If you have no desire in playing the notorious waiting game, you can manually check if it's available by going to Settings > About phone > Software updates.
Have you already received said update? Do you notice any notable performance improvements? Drop a line and tell us!
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source: Android Central
3. Settings (Posts: 616; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)
Huh? Isn't it obvious that every update should be performance improvements? Why post this? I mean the article is hitted around the bush. No specifics. No offense PA, but most readers are not that stupid anymore.
8. tech2 (Posts: 2350; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Not all updates are performance improvements. Some are just bug fixes too.
18. joey_sfb (Posts: 3120; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
S5 user do expect regular software update from Samsung. In this aspect Samsung do deliver.
Most Samsung hater are the first ones to comment on each and every SG5 articles.
42. skyline88 (Posts: 342; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
and majority are using HTC, Sony or LG without any updates from carrier or manufacturer.
extreme butthurt leads to hatred.
19. Settings (Posts: 616; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)
Fixing bugs and performance improvements are the same.
4. GreekGeek (Posts: 844; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
Samsung is working round the clock to dispose their remaining S5 inventories right before the iPhone 6 announcement.
these left and right ads and propaganda reeks desperation
On to your next big thing Sammy, the Note 4, cuz the S5 buzz is clearly OVER
7. tech2 (Posts: 2350; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Note 4 is not their 'Flagship Phone' GS5 is and will continue to remain until GS6 comes along.
Notes are targeted at particular consumer who likes huge devices. Irrespective of the specs, Note 4 will be no where near in sales as GS5 as it doesn't cater to 'general consumers'.
10. GreekGeek (Posts: 844; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
That's how Samsung wants you to believe lol
The S5 interest has waned, move on.
All eyes are on the Note 4 right now.
21. Trolloftheyear (banned) (Posts: 66; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)
Samsung > Apple. And thanks PA for suspending this troll.
31. tedkord (Posts: 5124; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Long overdue. Though I'm sure that right now he's convinced himself that it was because he was just too right, so they had to stop him.
20. Settings (Posts: 616; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)
What if Note 4 fails, what will Samsung do?
33. Rockbottom97 (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)
Considering the Note 1 and Note 2 were super sellers and the Note 3 outsold both phones combined, I doubt the Note 4 will not sell.
The problem that Samsung has is that they release there S line very early in the calendar year. By the time holiday season starts to wind up they are not top dog anymore in the tech community. (Plus the Tech Community hates Samsung Galaxy line anyways)
22. livyatan (Posts: 732; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
You couldn't be more wrong.
The Note 3 was the best selling Samsung before the release of Galaxy S5, and it still is one of the best selling Androids on Earth.
Note 4 will almost certainly take over the S5 in terms of sales, and more importantly, the profit margins, which are significantly bigger for the Note that for the S series.
The recent game changing fact is that since the Note 3, Samsung has finally recognized Note series as their true flagships
30. Rockbottom97 (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)
The Note 3 sold well / but it in no way outsold the Galaxy S4. They give S4's away and the pricing around the S5 too.
The Note 3 is a beast of a phone yes. But it did not outperform the Galaxy S4/S5.
28. torr310 (Posts: 429; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
I am not sure about before but for this year, Note 4 will definitely have more advanced tech than the S5.
But some people don't want a phone that big will not choose Note 4. I jumped from Note 2 to S5 because I like the more compact size.
32. Rockbottom97 (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)
True. The Note 4 will probably be the best phone 'tech wise' this holiday season. But it will not be the most sold phone. The iPhone 6 / S5 will probably still outperform it.
Actually. The iPhone 6 will outperform all phones probably. I don't like the iPhone but the masses do.
5. Cicero (Posts: 440; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
Just news info. Are you feeling threaded be sammy S5 improvements? This is the phone life game. Everyone is doing the same (I'm looking especially at you Apple with not ending updates and bug fixes).
17. needa (Posts: 136; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)
i wonder if they gs5 vs moto e video will be redone now. with this performance improvement, the gs5 might actually outperform a $129 phone. i know i might be reaching for the stars here... but it might actually be able to outperfom the $179 and $299 moto models now also.
27. wilsong17 (Posts: 1061; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
So because one app was Laggy... you think the 179 will beat the camera... battery life...water and dust proof... nice try troll
43. needa (Posts: 136; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)
it all depends. in the x vs gs5 comparison, if the x hadn't taken five or so seconds to open up youtube, it would have squashed the gs5 in that test by several 'more' seconds. it is not one app on the gs5, it is all of them. it is the lag between button presses etc. i still get thirty hours easily out of my x. the g and e have better battery life. all three moto phones can be dunked in water. and no phone is dust proof. as dust will still scratch the screen and plastic. etc.
for some people... everyday usage is what matters most. not specs. are nice specs great when coupled with a great experience? you darn skippy. but as of now... samsung has not managed to put both of those things together. maybe this performance update will solve the problem. but i seriously doubt it.
37. tedkord (Posts: 5124; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
That comparison was crap. They opened the gallery app on the E with no files or photos to index, while the GS5 had a ton to index. Put the same files on each then test.
24. j2001m (Posts: 54; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)
My god its now fast and even my magazine loads fast, all now very smooth and even faster than my nexus 5, good work samsung
38. tedkord (Posts: 5124; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Probably not, if they updated the kernel.
39. Loubielou (Posts: 241; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
This is the Section that lets Samsung down an made Nokia very popular,Nokia would offer you regular Updates to Improve your Phone an never let you down,but Samsung are Always the Slowest an have really got to Improve this Section,still no 4.4.4 yet from Samsung
41. j2001m (Posts: 54; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)
Yes its now faster than my nexus 5, even the call app on the log page opens without a delay for the 1st time, they also changed the finger print software and the email app now works without problems
44. grealest (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Jul 2014)
Faster than the Nexus 5? Are you absolutilly positive sure? What about battery life?