Galaxy S5 update improves camera speed and fingerprint scanner accuracy

by: Bogdan PetrovanMay 12, 2014

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An update is pushing to the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F), reportedly improving the phone’s camera, gallery, and fingerprint sensor operation.

The update is currently available in the UK (BTU) through the Kies companion software and as an OTA, but it will likely follow to more locales on the continent. The build is G900FXXU1ANE2 and weighs 1.4GB so you should probably download it over WiFi and make sure you have enough juice in the battery to take you through the install. This is the first update since Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 a month ago.

While we weren’t able to test out the update, the folks at SamMobile were and their report is encouraging. According to the website, the update visibly improves the speed of the camera app and the gallery app, but also seems to make the fingerprint sensor incorporated in the Galaxy S5’s home button a little easier to use. SamMobile also reports a general improvement in performance, but that’s likely a side effect of the installation of a new build, rather than a permanent improvement.

We’re particularly happy to hear that the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor became more responsive. The sensor lets you do away with PINs or lock patterns, but that’s a minor feature compared to the ability to replace most of your passwords with a finger swipe, courtesy of LastPass. Unfortunately, swiping doesn’t always work the first try, but this update may alleviate the issue.

Samsung will likely push the update to other countries’ versions of the unlocked Galaxy S5 over the next few days. If patience isn’t your forte, it’s worth trying to plug you phone into Kies to check for an update manually. As usual, owners of carrier versions will have to wait a little longer for the update to hit their devices.

  • Gérard

    Good to know. …

  • MasterMuffin

    How do you know TW is too bloated? When just an update (and not even a Os update) weights 1.4GB, which is more than what many Linux distros weight!

    • Dimitar Gospodinov

      The M8’s system dump is 1.5gb ;-)

      • MasterMuffin

        Yea it turns out the OTA wasn’t 1.4GB. The full image is 1.4GB. Nevermind then!

  • Simon Belmont

    Good gravy. That is one humongous update.

    1.4GB for an update that doesn’t contain a new version of Android. That’s about double the size of full OS updates that I’ve seen for most devices.

  • master3465

    I downloaded it is about 150mb and running sim free UK version this ota.

    • Simon Belmont

      Hmm. I wonder if the 1.4GB is a complete image size, then?

      That would explain why the update seems so damned big. Since your OTA was much smaller, that would lend credence to my theory.

    • master3465

      I have noticed the gallery app is more fast but needs to be more faster and needs little improvement and the finger scanner is very responsive it used to lag once in a while I think its been permanently fixed . The camera app feels the same to me I couldn’t notice anything different.

  • The-Sailor-Man

    Are you sure or it’s just another ……..