Though it is an unofficial release, Samsung Galaxy S5 users can now install Android 5.0 Lollipop update on their handset using a custom firmware.
The official Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S5 is rumored for release this December 2014.
But since it is still unavailable, excited S5 users can now opt to use a custom ROM, the CyanogenMod 12, to install Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
The 2014 flagship smartphone is currently running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat update and no official firmware update has been made yet, based on the specs list posted on GSM Arena.
Those who wish to install Android 5.0 Lollipop update on Samsung Galaxy S5 can access the CM12 ROM shared by a senior XDA member with username Shwan5162.
Accordingly, the custom ROM is made of Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and the CyanogenMod 12.
According to XDA developer forum page, the latest ROM brings a “very close” experience similar to Nexus.
Since it is an unofficial firmware, S5 users can expect bug issues and features not yet working such as NFC and the camera.
To install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Samsung Galaxy S5, users can head over to this IB Times post to get the step-by-step guide as well as the download links for necessary files for the update process.
Before the OS update, Samsung Galaxy S5 users need to make sure that the appropriate USB drivers of the smartphone are installed on the PC.
The Android device needs to connect with the computer for the update process to commence.
There should also be enough battery remaining on the smartphone.
Specifically, the Samsung Galaxy S5 needs at least 80 percent battery to avoid power interruption during the upgrade process.
Use ClockWorkMod or TWRP to create backup of all the relevant data stored on the smartphone.
Installing a custom ROM can entirely wipeout the smartphone’s memory.