Verizon Galaxy S5 updated, root users beware

by: Edgar CervantesJuly 31, 2014

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Verizon updates don’t come as often as we would hope, making today a celebratory day for Samsung Galaxy S5 users. Big Red’s Samsung flagship device is being blessed with a relatively small update. The phone stays at Android 4.4.2, making small (and background) improvements a major focus.

Verizon’s Caller Name ID, Message+ and Cloud apps have all been updated. Other fixes and improvements will probably be noticed by very few, but they do make for an overall smoother experience. Here is what software version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9 will bring.

Resolved issues

  • ‘Search’ icon has been removed within Memo when there is no memo
  • Favorite ‘Contact’ information background is now more readable
  • Visual Voicemail works when S-View flip cover is closed
  • Connectivity has been improved when streaming music
  • Stability has been improved for Samsung Gear Manager
  • Text alert improvements for select factory installed car kits
  • “Primary Contacts” label has been changed to “Emergency Contacts” when in Emergency Mode
  • Power On password

Added support

  • User selectable video application when uploading to YouTube
  • Message+ now supports closed captioning
  • Emergency Mode has been updated
  • Contact Menu stability has been enhanced
  • Easy Mode Settings now includes images
  • ‘Downloaded Apps’ field added to searchable file types in My Files
  • Web Search has been added to S Finder

Don’t be fooled by the update’s simple nature, though. Reports all over the internet assure this update is breaking root access! It seems Towelroot is not bringing it back either. This does seems to be a bit of a hit or miss situation, as other people are reporting everything is working just fine. I wouldn’t take a risk if I wanted to keep root access. Steer clear at least for a while, until everything is cleared out.

Those who do want the update can simply wait for that mighty notification or go to the settings and check for updates.

  • MasterMuffin

    I bet that just flashing supersu will make everything work.

    “This does seems” :)

    • stavrospaok

      I bet that just flashing supersu will make everything work AND trip KNOX.

      • TheGCU

        Screw KNOX.

  • Mali

    I don’t see any android authority forums or any info on T-Mobile just getting a update on the note III.. I just decided to randomly check.. And we’ll Ya.. Update!

    • Michael Shiver

      Its not Samsung that is causing problems with rooting..Its Verizon and ATT that lock the bootloaders down..Try getting a T- Mobile phone next time and u won’t have issues..and that’s a fact Jack..

  • mikegonzalez2k

    If you are already rooted you should no longer use OTA updates.
    Instead update manually so you can control things like crap companies like Verizon try to do to break control of YOUR device.

    • Ramboo

      How to update manually?

  • Brigham Bush

    This is why I hate Samsung so much. They always break root, overloaded bloatware, shitty interface, and cheap fucking plastic phones.

    I have my S4. I bought it last October. Without even thinking about what all I planned on doing with it. Then when I wanted to root it. I Samsung had an update that prevents you from installing roms. I have my S4 rooted. For the extra features for Secure Settings. But im stuck bring forced using Nova Launcher to have anything remotely close to look what android is supposed to look like in a small amount of areas. On top of that. Samsung phones are made so cheaply. My evo 4g and 3d were beasts. They can take 100x more beatings to them with no issues or even a cracked screen. I sat my S4 on the counter with only about a 2 inch fall. And the screen cracked. I’m on my 4th S4 it’s not broken yet but I hate it. When my contract is up with various I’m going to purchase the Nexus on Google play. Or if the One+1 is available without invite by October 2015.ill buy that. Cause I fucking hate my phone. I will never by Samsung garbage an make sure everyone I here that’s looking to get a phone to not purchase a shitty Samsung phone.

  • thomas

    it broke my root, I read this article too late!

  • Shanan2463

    I did not read this update and got automatic update and lost root ;( Now, Towelroot can not root my S5

    • Hannes König Winqvist

      Me too

    • Ronald LaTray

      You need to flash the old kernel using Odin then root with towel root. After, you must flash the new kernel back on the device with odin. You now have root on the latest update. Google root for vzw galaxy s5 an a link for root access is available and what details are needed for you to follow. Good luck. Ps. This link on Google search is a YouTube link so it’s a video with explicit instruction. Good luck

  • martin

    upgraded, later noted it f#cked up the root. Any solution?

  • Kenneth Krug

    like a dick i hooked my s5 to my pc and i upated my phone now my root is gone! please excuse my ignorance but can i downgrade the s5 so i can run towel root again?

  • Adam S Walburger

    Anyone know how to make the update alert go away. It pops up every morning and I delay 24hrs…..

    • Chris Knutson

      If you have root, download rom toolbox and freeze “SDM”
      That will stop all ota updates until you choose to unfreeze

      • Adam S Walburger

        I have the program, but how do I freeze SDM?

        • Chris Knutson

          When you first open the application, tap app manager, then search for SDM, tap on the app, then choose freeze from the menu that pops up

          • Adam S Walburger

            So nice to wake up this morning and not having that update staring me in the face. Thanks!

          • Chris Knutson

            Glad I could help!

      • Adam S Walburger

        Got it thanks.

  • byron

    anyone know how to root it