Potential Incoming Update for Verizon Galaxy S5 2/29/2016

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Hey guys, first time poster here. I have been monitoring the "Verizon Advanced Devices- Software Updates" for the past couple of months, looking for any hope of a future software update from Verizon for our Galaxy S5. Last update for the Verizon GS5 was that December minor security update (build ended in "BOK3"). It has been that way until I checked yesterday and the "Last updated" date changed from 12/18/2015 to 2/29/2015, indicating an incoming Software update from Verizon. Go check out the Verizon page for yourselves and scroll down to "Galaxy S5" and look at the date

Can't post links yet lol, but look at the URL in the screenshot

So far, as of 10:08 pm PST on February 27, the actual update changelog has not been updated and still lists the current software version as "LRX21T.G900VVRU2BOK3". What I have noticed with past updates with Verizon is that their change log for their newest update is typically posted the day before the update is supposed to begin rolling out, so check in tomorrow (or later tonight around 12 AM or 1 AM) and see if the changelog is posted.

Now what do you guys think the update will be?
A.) A minor security/bugfix update
B.) Android 5.1.1 (which has already been released to T-Mobile, AT&T, and Several Canadian carriers' GS5 devices)
C.) The long awaited Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update (which has been leaked various times to be released for GS5, along with some pictures and videos showing off this software version)

Also Ironass (if you read this), what is your prediction / insight this update? :p
 

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Hey guys, first time poster here. I have been monitoring the "Verizon Advanced Devices- Software Updates" for the past couple of months, looking for any hope of a future software update from Verizon for our Galaxy S5. Last update for the Verizon GS5 was that December minor security update (build ended in "BOK3"). It has been that way until I checked yesterday and the "Last updated" date changed from 12/18/2015 to 2/29/2015, indicating an incoming Software update from Verizon. Go check out the Verizon page for yourselves and scroll down to "Galaxy S5" and look at the date

Can't post links yet lol, but look at the URL in the screenshot

So far, as of 10:08 pm PST on February 27, the actual update changelog has not been updated and still lists the current software version as "LRX21T.G900VVRU2BOK3". What I have noticed with past updates with Verizon is that their change log for their newest update is typically posted the day before the update is supposed to begin rolling out, so check in tomorrow (or later tonight around 12 AM or 1 AM) and see if the changelog is posted.

Now what do you guys think the update will be?
A.) A minor security/bugfix update
B.) Android 5.1.1 (which has already been released to T-Mobile, AT&T, and Several Canadian carriers' GS5 devices)
C.) The long awaited Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update (which has been leaked various times to be released for GS5, along with some pictures and videos showing off this software version)

Also Ironass (if you read this), what is your prediction / insight this update? :p

Hello and welcome to Android Forums emcis!

Sounds like the February security patch announced here...

February security update starts hitting Samsung's flagship devices

I'm sure that there will be quite a few people getting excited about the update... probably thinking it will be Marshmallow. However, as Marshmallow has still not been released by Verizon for their Galaxy S6 model yet, it seems unlikely.
 
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Just checked for an update, nothing (update went to Verizon site and they say it is a security patch and nothing else and I still can't download it 11:24 AM EST and yes ironass was right)
Verizon
BOK3 build
SM-G900V (as if it wasn't obvious)

so the next question is there ever a way to buy a a Samsung phone that will work on Verizon but isn't carrier branded and by work I mean 4G etc. like the current branded phones work? I really hate waiting for updates and I don't really like the nexus phones. I don't mind the Samsung skin, just want the updates sooner.

And ironass is always right and extremely helpful
 
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Just applied the update: G900VVRU2BPB1. Still Android 5.0. Appears to be a security update.

Android Security Patch Level: Feb 1, 2016
Kernel: Feb 18, 2016
SE For Android: Feb 18, 2016

www[.]verizonwireless[.]com[/]support[/]galaxy-s5-update[/]

Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a software update for your device. This software update has been tested to optimize device performance, resolve known issues and apply the latest security patches.

Also, Verizon Wireless website thinks my Galaxy S5 is a non VZW IPHONE 6S. Not sure if it happened as a result of this update or was like this for some time. My S5 phone is VZW stock, with no modifications at all. Instead of my IMIE, VZW displays a MEID (of what appears to be an iPhone 6S, as verified at swappa)

FROM VZW website
=================================
IPHONE 6S NON VZW

Mobile Number: XXX-XXX-XXXX
Device ID: 35XXXXXXXX04XXXX (MEID)
SIM Card: XXXX800000XXXX15XXXX
Plan: NATIONWIDE TALK 450
Contract End Date: Month To Month
Eligible for Upgrade Now
=================================

Is there an easy way to fix this?
 
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Be nice if some of that love trickled over the border. Been running on CO14 since October. No security updates in sight....
 

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another update, did the update from Verizon, phone got warm, dropped my battery by 10%, otherwise the phone seems fine. I did do cache wipe after the install
Verizon
SM-G900V
RU2BPB1 build
Security Patch 2016-02-01
Android 5.0 :'(
 

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Still waiting for 5.1.1 for my Verizon s5! I'm on ank2 4.4.4 lol. I don't want to update to 5.0 due to issues I've heard others have with the battery and alarm settings (Unless the alarm setting with dnd were fixed for verizon).
 

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Still waiting for 5.1.1 for my Verizon s5! I'm on ank2 4.4.4 lol. I don't want to update to 5.0 due to issues I've heard others have with the battery and alarm settings (Unless the alarm setting with dnd were fixed for verizon).

Stay with KitKat until Marshmallow. Lollipop doesn't offer enough features to justify the battery performance drop.

Applying security update today..
 

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Update took the usual course - 20 minute installation, 20 minutes of waiting for 369 apps to be optimized, apps displayed as missing after coming back for 20 minutes.

I don't know if others experience the same result, but the update process for this device is horrendous. One of the reasons why I recommend iPhones for my technically challenged acquaintances.
 

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Still waiting for 5.1.1 for my Verizon s5! I'm on ank2 4.4.4 lol. I don't want to update to 5.0 due to issues I've heard others have with the battery and alarm settings (Unless the alarm setting with dnd were fixed for verizon).

I'm very satisfied with the battery life on my S5, but mine started with the second Verizon 5.0 release...and I don't have any problems with the alarm. It works the same as it did on my GS3. The phone is, and has been, rock solid stable for me. Of course I'm just now downloading this software update.

My only complaint is slow task switching, and the typical Verizon hindering (fm radio, Samsung browser, and the ability to customize the automatic brightness' minimum brightness level) and of course the two gigs (est) of bloatware.

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I'm very satisfied with the battery life on my S5, but mine started with the second Verizon 5.0 release...and I don't have any problems with the alarm. It works the same as it did on my GS3. The phone is, and has been, rock solid stable for me. Of course I'm just now downloading this software update.

My only complaint is slow task switching, and the typical Verizon hindering (fm radio, Samsung browser, and the ability to customize the automatic brightness' minimum brightness level) and of course the two gigs (est) of bloatware.

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How is your battery life and screen on time? My battery life avg is 1 day and 5.6 hours (8 hours and 4 mim active) and avg screen on time is 5 hours and 8 min with stock android 4.4.4.
 

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How is your battery life and screen on time? My battery life avg is 1 day and 5.6 hours (8 hours and 4 mim active) and avg screen on time is 5 hours and 8 min with stock android 4.4.4.

Well, my battery life is not that good. I'm at 13:40 hours average battery life with 7:52 hours active (your similar active time says to me over a day and 5.6 hours makes me guess that you don't use your phone as hard as I do), and 3:45 average screen on time. I have no problem making it through the day as long as I keep my phone plugged in on my commute, and that's all that matters to me. YMMV.

This is definitely the best battery life of any phone I've had, and I find it completely acceptable. I am really hard on my phone, and I do not take any measures to save battery life. I have 4 push email accounts running at all times. I also run Skype, 3 Hangouts accounts, Twitter, Tumblr, and Tapatalk (all on push). I run S-Health, and average 11,000 steps per day. I very rarely use wifi because I have unlimited data. I have almost nil Verizon reception at my work, and the wifi there is of the need to login and agree to terms frequently variety. My screen stays on auto brightness usually. When I'm in an area with excellent reception, my battery life is considerably better, and I have no abnormal standby drain.

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Well, my battery life is not that good. I'm at 13:40 hours average battery life with 7:52 hours active (your similar active time says to me over a day and 5.6 hours makes me guess that you don't use your phone as hard as I do), and 3:45 average screen on time. I have no problem making it through the day as long as I keep my phone plugged in on my commute, and that's all that matters to me. YMMV.

This is definitely the best battery life of any phone I've had, and I find it completely acceptable. I am really hard on my phone, and I do not take any measures to save battery life. I have 4 push email accounts running at all times. I also run Skype, 3 Hangouts accounts, Twitter, Tumblr, and Tapatalk (all on push). I run S-Health, and average 11,000 steps per day. I very rarely use wifi because I have unlimited data. I have almost nil Verizon reception at my work, and the wifi there is of the need to login and agree to terms frequently variety. My screen stays on auto brightness usually. When I'm in an area with excellent reception, my battery life is considerably better, and I have no abnormal standby drain.

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Yeah I don't use my phone as much as you do. I mainly browse internet, 3 Yahoo email app accts, 1 gmail, twitter, Yahoo messenger, Yahoo fantasy bball, ac forums app, instagram, spotify. Not a whole lot of heavy usage. Some days (not often during the week) I charge my phone earlier during the day rather than night though.
 

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Yeah I don't use my phone as much as you do. I mainly browse internet, 3 Yahoo email app accts, 1 gmail, twitter, Yahoo messenger, Yahoo fantasy bball, ac forums app, instagram, spotify. Not a whole lot of heavy usage. Some days (not often during the week) I charge my phone earlier during the day rather than night though.

I don't see why you wouldn't update for the battery life, and they fixed the interruptions thing too. 5.0 adds a couple of nice features, like Smart Lock (my favorite feature, to be honest). Marshmallow definitely seems to reduce the battery pretty significantly for a few days (changing runtimes from Davlik to ART, I'm sure it has to recompile everything) but then it seems to level out. Clearing the Davlik cache for the last time, and the cached files under storage seems to help.

On a final note, task switching is actually pretty fast now, on my phone at least!

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Me too and I am afraid it is going to block my Hotspot app that I am using with my unlimited data plan. Has anyone installed it who uses pdanet or foxfi to create a wifi hotspot? If so, does your foxfi wifi hotspot still work?
 

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so the next question is there ever a way to buy a a Samsung phone that will work on Verizon but isn't carrier branded and by work I mean 4G etc. like the current branded phones work? I really hate waiting for updates and I don't really like the nexus phones. I don't mind the Samsung skin, just want the updates sooner.
Unfortunately not. According to WillMyPhoneWork.net - Check if your phone works on a network, the S6, S6 Edge, S7, and S7 Edge international unlocked versions will not work on Verizon.
 

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I assumed as much, good thing I am not in the market for a new phone until December, who knows what will be out by then
Thanks
 

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