Update for Samsung Galaxy S5 offers improved performance; water resistance failing?

Update for Samsung Galaxy S5 offers improved performance; water resistance failing?
While the Samsung Galaxy S5 received an update to kill bugs just before its release, the first post-launch update has been pushed out. It weighs in at 28MB and brings "improved performance" to Samsung's new flagship model. The software is dated April 11th, the date that the handset was released to 125 countries. The new build is G900W8VLU1AND, and of course, the Android OS version remains 4.4.2.

Once you do receive this, we'd stick to the rules despite the comparatively small size of the update. That means you should use a Wi-Fi connection when downloading and installing the update. And we would also suggest that you make sure your batteries are charged to at least 50%.

One thing we do need to touch on concerning this phone, is the IP67 certification. There have been some reports of water leaking into areas of the phone when the device is supposed to be able to be able to withstand a submerging up to 3.2 feet, for up to 30 minutes. Make sure that you have your battery cover securely fashioned and your USB port closed before getting your new pride and joy all wet. Just consider this a friendly warning.


source: MobileSyrup, Phandroid

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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63 Comments

63. grealest

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 29, 2014

Other than judging from personal preferences, I do think that the S5 has huge fails - even though it has some pros. This software its so imatture and laggy everywhere - I.ve deactivated the transiction effects and Animations effect, installed Nova Launcher and cleaned some bloatware and you know what: its so slow on most moves. I even turned the Magazine off. This people who have updated the European Unblocked version please tell me if they fixed it - cause other wise I will still hang with my N5 thats so much faster and responsive. One more thing: I was using a few Xposed Modules and the battery drain was ridiculous. It was baggin to be as ridicolous as my Nexus 5's one. What happened? Usin X pn LG G2 never drain battery and thats a major problem for me that relie on it to work!

62. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Water resistance. Not smart to me. I would of sold it as water resistant and that's it. Don't make claims of being submerged for a certain amount of time, because people will do it just to test it. Who needs to submerge their phone in water anyway? Just list it as water resistant which is it, and call it good.

41. Amir1 unregistered

you want reliable waterproofing? go with a Z phone. don't be experiment rat for samsung, hehe.

53. almostdone

Posts: 452; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Yes I will go with the Z phone because you say so... lol

40. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Water resistance fail? Well, of course. That is what happens when you make a ipx7 device with a removable back cover, plus with a charging port that is dangerously close to the end of the back cover.. Man, those are sure to create troubles

35. papss unregistered

Obviously there are no water leaking issues like on the active.. I'd like to see the number of water leaking issueuis on the S5.. I'd imagine it's extremely low thus making it not that big of a deal. . As for the dimple backing that gets brought up.. I never had an issue with the back but more of the "which ss device is this" front. Other than that this phone is a beast.

31. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

i said it before .. samsung will fail in term of water resistance .. s5 is a big joke

33. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

No.. you're the joke..

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why is he a joke, for not liking the s5? Why so defensive?

48. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

actually your mum is a joke ;)

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Please explain how a phone this solid can be a joke. It's a solid step up from a fantastic device in the s4. I'd love to read an intelligent non fanboy response please.

37. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I tell you why he said s5 is big joke.......Band-Aid.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok, the back cover of the device may not be for everyone ( I hate the gold back cover), but the phone as a whole is a beast.

49. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

There have been some reports of water leaking into areas of the phone when the device is supposed to be able to be able to withstand a submerging up to 3.2 feet, for up to 30 minutes it's not my words hah ;) .. this solid ? have you ever seen htc one m8 , z2 ? nokia devices ? come on man

50. christophersalse

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

I own both the HTC one m8 and the Galaxy S5. The S5 is definitely well-built, not cheap at all.

51. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok, I don't have one so I can't argue. I like that you gave an intelligent response. Thanx...

52. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Either they didn't have the back completely sealed like Samsung tells the user to when you power the device on or they literally threw it in the ocean and tested it out. This phone is a warer resistant/proof TANK.

59. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

so you are the guy who hit the 'shatter proof screen' with a sledge hammer just to prove they were wrong???

30. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

"There have been some reports" I've only seen one report.

26. andynaija

Posts: 1268; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

"There have been some reports of water leaking into areas of the phone" Hopefully customers aren't buying battery doors that compromise the certification. http://www.androidcentral.com/read-buying-new-galaxy-s5-back-cover-ebay-or-anywhere-else

24. rns122112 unregistered

my thing is as new as the phone is people are already getting the phone wet? wouldn't you be careful with it the first couple months with a phone like that?

25. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

You can make calls in the shower. That seems like something you could do Day 1.

55. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

It says water resistant for a reason. If the phone then leaks after a few months or weeks or days... what difference will that make? This is why I will never trust Samsung for anything. If I buy something, I expect it to be that way in 2+ years. Not a few weeks of months.

58. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

well you had better check the warranty, usually limited... 2 years is a VERY long time in the phone biz!

61. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

the warranty does not cover the water leakage! That makes it even worse. So far I've only read leakage with Samsung S5. None with Z2.

21. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I guess if the S4 Active had no problems (I think) with water resistance then neither should this phone...it just depends on if the seals are 'sealed' correctly...

27. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

S4 active had problem. But this time Samsung has sorted out everything. S5 is awesome as far as Specs (future proof), Camera quality (great pics), amazing display (the best out there), awesome battery life (charging after 48 hrs) and Water+dustproof. Only issue is the touchwiz skin which lags a little but far better than older TW. TW should be more like Sense skin.

29. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Just a shame it's running Android rather than iOS :(

32. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

S4 Active had problem? Tell me what are those problems then? I am using S4 Active and never had any even a single problem. Maybe I can help you.

46. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

There were a few issues regarding the water resistance a few months ago. Sources (from Phonearena): http://goo.gl/Z9R4LZhttp://goo.gl/BifbG

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