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.