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" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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63 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

We S5 owners in the US would have to wait until 2017 until the carriers decide to push the update. :/

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Nah, I am sure XDA will be able to help...

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It doesn't bring in money. Therefore US carriers only make updates available if there is some flaw that would open them up to liability. Same goes for most mobile hardware vendors. Apple knew that mobile carriers are basically the kiss of death when it comes to customer satisfaction. So they were smart and didn't allow the carriers to mess with their phones or get between Apple and iPhone owners. IMO, one of the smartest decisions Steve Jobs made regarding the iPhone.

44. MR-H-

Posts: 116; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

With al these specs what amount of RAM would be left if turned on...? I believe 800MB RAM....? 2GB RAM is not enough for this phone...? This S801 only extra 200ghz won't make a huge different. it'a like overclocking the S800 to 2.5ghz. if only it had the MEDIATEKS CPU which performs much better and is more powerfull like the ODIN3 on LG3 device. I've played around with the NEXUS 5 which is vanilla and has less specs from Touchwiz, even that I find this device slow.... There are way much better CPU out there, but every OEMS use cheap Snapdragon S801,805. Even the Tegra4 iNtel ATOM, Exynos5 leaves them way behind.

45. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Arte-8800 and Troll's favorite subject, the superiority of A15 based SoCs over Snapdragon's "half baked a9 cores". Created a new account to avoid the limitation?

47. true1984

Posts: 865; Member since: May 23, 2012

tegra and exynos only excel in benchmarks.in actual usage, they are terrible. exynos 5 chips are the worst and mediateks chips are underpowered, even their 8 core chips are weak.

54. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I disagree, I had the Exynos powered S4 and preferred it over the S600 equivalent S4. Games and general usage was way smoother, and the benchmarks didn't lie

2. DCSeerIvan

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

O my gosh! Prevent water resistant? They should release update as soon as possible.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LOL...that title is confusing at first.

12. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Yeah, that was a bit of a head scratcher.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I wonder why manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG etc. roll out their software or Android updates via OTA whereas Sony roll out those updates via PC Companion first, OTA is more easier to update than the softwares (PC Companion, Kies etc.) in PC imo. Btw, that title is a little bit confusing.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Samsung rolls their update through a computer with Kies...

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

used to dislike that, so the XDA guys started to use ODIN....

19. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

But I thought Samsung roll out their updates through OTA first? Correct me if I'm wrong.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Both.

28. Kevinscy

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

Updating via OTA for many people better than via pc (PC Companion the worst for me) because most of them just click update and then downloading. For myself, i do it both from odin, pc companion, and Kies. For some reason, my sister's Xperia V got update from Sony but the device must connected to PC and update via PC Companion. I tried to help but the update always failed while all instruction were followed. XD

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

As far as the water proofing failures, I've tested this phone in the shower and outside in the snow and rain this week. It withstood everything and still looks brand new just when I got it last week.

57. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

but you havent dropped it in a full bath yet???

60. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

When I read the heading the next time I want to read is the author and sure enough is Alan F. The resident PA Samsung basher.

7. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Got one yesterday and love it and the back really ain't that bad as all the hearsay critics say it is, its alittle grippy and not slippery as most shiny phones are. Thanx for the heads up PA, will be looking forward to the update!

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Which is why I take editorials and reviews with a grain of salt until I test the phone out. This phone feels great in the hand, and if I must say, better than a iPhone 5S.

10. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Yehp, still getting used to the new settings layout, pretty interesting how much its changed

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I agree, I saw one at Target - looked and felt nice in my hand...

38. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

What do u mean by putting last three dots(...) after sentence.

8. Sauce unregistered

Fashioned or fastened?

11. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

Btw the phone looking so ugly

13. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

you're pertaining to yourself right troll?

43. MR-H-

Posts: 116; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

He is not a troll, but everyone has different opinion and views ....

42. MR-H-

Posts: 116; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

"it surely looks ugly" the S4. S2 and NOTE3 looks better.

17. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

I've tried the phone at a retail store today and I have to say I'm really liking the feel of the phone. I liked the blue one one, looks appealing to my eye for some reason. And I didn't find any lag or major draw backs while trying out the phone. Just goes to show that you have to try the phone in real life before judging it.

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