After getting the Lollipop update recently, T-Mobile and Samsung are now rolling out Android 5.1.1 for the Galaxy S5. T-Mobile has not yet announced the update, but it shouldn’t be long before it is made official – they are also in Bellevue, Wash., so they may not be awake yet. We had heard that Samsung might be omitting the RAW support for the camera from Android 5.1.1, even though we had heard previously it’d be in the Android 5.1.1 update. However it appears to be in the Samsung Galaxy S6 update which rolled out recently. The Galaxy S5 should also get RAW support, but we are not 100% positive on that happening just yet. As we have yet to see a changelog from T-Mobile or Samsung.
The update is going to be a staged one, as usual. So you should see the update in a few days if you don’t have it already. We are not sure how big the update is, but it shouldn’t be too large, considering you’re going from Android 5.0 to 5.1.1. But it’s still a good idea to be on WiFi. Often times the OTA will download faster on WiFi than on 4G LTE. If you don’t want to wait for the update to hit your device, you can always plug in your Galaxy S5 to your laptop and check Kies for the update. It’s normally there instantly. While Kies isn’t our favorite software, it does work for those that are impatient. Which is likely all of us, actually. We always want our OTA’s faster, right?
T-Mobile appears to have beaten every other carrier in the world in getting the Android 5.1.1 update, even the unlocked models. As this is the first Galaxy S5 model in the world to get the official Android 5.1.1 update from Samsung. Let’s hope that no show stopping bugs pop up and force the two companies to pull the update. There should be RAW support for the camera, and we should also see some other bug fixes. As soon as the changelog is available, we’ll be sure to add it to this post.