Galaxy S5 Active (SM-G870F) owners are in for some good news, as Samsung has started rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update for the smartphone in Nordic countries, following its recent Lollipop rollout to Galaxy Note 3 devices in India as well as the T-Mobile variant of the third-generation Note device.
Weighing close to 1.4GB in size, the new Lollipop update (build G870XXU1BOB4) is currently available over-the-air for Galaxy S5 Active users in Nordic countries including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Some of the noteworthy features ported into the new Lollipop firmware include the new Material Design with multitasking UI, heads-up notifications, multiple user accounts, guest user mode, Android Smart Lock and more.
Users are also expected to experience an improved battery life and noticeable performance improvements on their phones after installing the new Android 5.0 firmware.
Those who cannot wait for the firmware's official release in their country, and those who wish to try out the new stock Lollipop firmware on their Galaxy S5 Active may download and install the same manually, using the step-by-step guide provided below.
Android 5.0 G870FXXU1BOB4 Lollipop firmware details
|Model name:||Galaxy S5 Active|
|Build date:||Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:35:25 +0000|
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- Ensure the Galaxy S5 Active (SM-G870F) has at least 80% battery charge to avoid unexpected device shutdown during the process of firmware installation.
- Enable USB Debugging mode on the phone by navigating to Settings > Developer Options
- Install the necessary USB drivers for the S5 Active from here.
- Back up important data and settings on the phone via Google Sync service or any other third-party app.
- The instructions provided in this guide are meant for the international variant of Galaxy S5 Active (SM-G870F) only. Do not attempt this procedure on any other device or model, as it may inadvertently damage or brick the device.
Steps to install Android 5.0 G870FXXU1BOB4official lollipop firmware on Galaxy S5 Active via Odin 3.09
Step 1: Download and extract the firmware files to the desired location (preferably the desktop) on the computer.
Step 2: Download and extract the Odin zip file to the same location where the firmware files are extracted.
Step 3: Double-click on Odin3v3.09.exe to begin flashing the firmware.
Step 4: Verify that Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time are checked or enabled, and other options are left at their default values. Note: Make sure re-partition option is not ticked and do not load the PIT file found inside the firmware zip file as it will re-partition the device unnecessarily.
Step 5: Now boot the device into Download mode as follows:
Turn off the phone and boot it into Download mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until the warning screen appears. Then hit Power button to confirm entry into Download mode.
Step 6: Connect the device to computer via an USB cable and wait until you get a blue sign in Odin.
Step 7: Add the firmware file by clicking the AP/PDA button in Odin.
Step 8: Click on Start and the firmware installation process will begin.
Step 9: It may take just a few minutes to complete and then a "PASS" message will be displayed on screen.
Step 10: Your Galaxy S5 Active will now reboot automatically to complete the installation process.
That is it. Your Galaxy S5 Active is now running Android 5.0 Lollipop update via latest official build G870FXXU1BOB4.