(9 days left!) Be the first with a 200MP camera! Visit Samsung to reserve and gain $100 in Samsung credit!

SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow beta probably released by mistake for the Galaxy S5

Firmware
By 

Last updated: December 27th, 2015 at 21:28 UTC+01:00

Earlier this week Samsung announced that it was seeking beta testers in South Korea and the United Kingdom, only those who had unlocked variants of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge could take part in the program to test the Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta firmware. We have already posted a guide on how you can get the Marshmallow beta on the aforementioned devices even if you’re not in the UK or South Korea. Samsung isn’t running a similar beta test program for any other device but it appears to have sent out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow by mistake to a rather lucky guy. That’s not unsurprising considering that about three weeks ago someone with the Galaxy Note 4 received a beta build of Android 6.0.

We have been told that this beta firmware arrived over the air, and it’s possible the same method was used to seek this update which we have already covered in a guide for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, the only two devices that Samsung is supporting in the beta program. It’s also a possibility that it just might be a port of the firmware that has already been released for the supported handsets. Android 6.0.1 beta on this Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) does look legitimate for all intents and purposes so most likely it’s a test version that has been pushed out by mistake. It goes without saying that the Galaxy S5 isn’t going to be receiving this update any time soon, so we can chalk this up as a fluke.

Update: The Android security patch version is listed as “1 January 2016” on the device, which is a major indication this firmware isn’t fully final and/or isn’t an official firmware either, since Samsung only recently updated its flagships with the December security patch and it’s unlikely even Google has released the January security patch.

Thanks, Hicham!

Firmware Android 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0.1Galaxy S5
Load 38 comments

You might also like

Samsung’s tomb of lost features is now looking sadder than ever

Samsung has removed a lot of features from its flagship products over the years.

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 2 years ago

A decade of Galaxy S camera improvements in one infographic

Samsung always took pride in the camera setup of its Galaxy S flagship phones, and the company’s series has been going strong for the past decade, starting with the original Galaxy S and leading all the way to the most recent Galaxy S20 series. The company is now reminding fans of its most important camera […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 3 years ago

10 years of Samsung Galaxy S flagships: Looking back at the Galaxy S5!

Welcome to part five of our 10 years of Samsung Galaxy S flagship series, in which we here at SamMobile talk about our experiences and memories of each of the nine Galaxy S flagships that have come before the Galaxy S10. Today, we look back at the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 was the last of […]

  • By Abhijeet Mishra
  • 4 years ago

Samsung built a Bitcoin mining rig out of old Galaxy S5s—and it’s more efficient than a computer

Samsung’s found a use for your old Galaxy S5 (and no, it doesn’t matter if it’s smashed to smithereens): Pair it with thirty-nine other units, install a build of the firm’s specialist operating system, which isn’t available just yet, then insert them all into a strange building-like structure to create your very own Bitcoin Miner […]

  • By Josh L.
  • 5 years ago

Galaxy S5 September security patch missing from latest update

Samsung has released a new update for the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) in the Netherlands. The update, which has a file size of 69MB, has been rolled out through OTA. Most consumers might think that it includes the latest Android security patch, but it doesn’t. Galaxy S5 September 2017 security patch missing The latest Galaxy S5 update […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 5 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S5 gets August security patch

Samsung has been doing a good job of rolling out security updates even for devices that you might think would no longer receive updates. Take the Galaxy S5 for example. It was released more than three years ago in April 2014. Then again, it’s still the most popular Samsung smartphone in the US. It has […]

  • By Adnan Farooqui
  • 5 years ago