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  1. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    There's Marshmallow in the Root section I mentioned before.

    #101 ironass, Feb 6, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2016

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  2. Fla946

    Fla946 Lurker

    Hello ironass, i found your posts very interesting and was wondering if you could answer a question for me. I've a Galaxy S5 SM-G900H bought in the middle east and using it in ireland. The phone is carrier unlocked as i've had 3 different carrier sims. My newest network has 4G but there is no LTE option on the phone, so my question is can i flash a european model firmware and enable 4G? Screenshots to follow... Thank you
  3. harrison77

    harrison77 Newbie

    I am sorry to ask this I cant find anything on there for a Marshmallow rom for Att s5 After flashing Twisted lollipop my about device reads model# sm-G900T was 900a getting conflicting info on cm13 If you have a Donate link I will be glad to contribute for your work Thanks Harry
  4. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter


    The G900H octa core model does not possess the hardware for 4G/LTE. See, #1.3
    #105 ironass, Feb 6, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2016
  5. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    I thought you had the T-Mobile, G900T, carrier minority variant. CM13, Marshmallow is not available for the AT&T model, G900A, because it cannot have a custom recovery, such as TWRP, because of AT&T's locked down bootloader. Custom ROMs for the AT&T model are few and far between as they now, do not permit rooting... so no point in developing ROMs.

    Try checking out... Android development for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 5
  6. Fla946

    Fla946 Lurker

    Thank you for your reply. Keep up the good work
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  7. harrison77

    harrison77 Newbie

    Thank You
  8. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest


    I recently got a G900W8 & a G900H

    I'm looking to install the same ROM - rooted & unbranded on both (5.1.1). It appears that both are the same hardward.

    1) Is this possible?
    2) Is there a recommended ROM? I would be primarily using US AT&T GSM sim on both.
    3) It is my assumption that I would trip KNOX on both as I would need to load TWRP - is this correct?

    Thanks much for the help.
  9. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    Nothing has changed since my earlier reply to your query in the rooting part of the forum.

    The G900W8 is a Canadian regional, 4G/LTE, model and the G900H is a non 4G/LTE model. Their firmwares are not compatible. Both will work on AT&T although the, "H", variant will obviously not work on 4G/LTE.

    TWRP is the preferred custom recovery for Lollipop and Knox will still be tripped unless you can locate a pre-rooted ROM for your models of phone that specifies otherwise.

    For details of rooting and ROMs, see my earlier reply in the rooting section of the Galaxy S5 forum
  10. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    Sorry ironass,

    I keep mistyping the version model. G900F is what I got - not the H.
  11. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Newbie

    My SM-900M on Straight Talk was pushed Marshmallow 6.0.1 today. I was very surprised none of my previous phone on Straight Talk received OS updates.

    Is this "Android Security Patch Level" something new? Are they going to be pushing minor updates similar to antivirus software?

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  12. ODGeek

    ODGeek Well-Known Member


    I got my Samsung GS-5 (SM-G600R6) and have my phone service through a regional company called "NorthwestCell". As far as I can tell, this company is reselling the Verizon network (at least, when I compare the NorthwestCell and Verizon coverage maps, they are identical)...

    Anyway, here is the info from my phone:

    Model number: SM-G900R6
    Hardware Revision: G900R6.05
    Bootloader Version: G900R6WWU2BOH1
    PDA Version: G900R6WWU2BOH1
    CSC Version: G900R6LRA2BOH1
    Baseband Version: G900R6WWU2BOH1
    Latest Firmware: Yes
    Kernel Version: 3.4.0-4219092 dpi@SWHD4014 #1 32-bit
    Java Virtual Machine: ART 2.1.0
    Mobile Operator: NorthwestCell / 310120 / 310000

    Here's my question. I see on this forum that the Verizon versions of the Samsung Galaxy S5 have the bootloader locked down, so rooting the handset and/or installing custom ROMs, etc. is next to impossible.

    Is that also the case with my handset--is it locked down like the Verizon version?

    Are there any resources for this version of the S5, or am I "on my own" -- doing things at my own risk, without the benefit of as much help, etc.???

    Thank you for your help!
  13. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    The U.S. model of Galaxy S5, G900R6, on firmware G900R6WWU2BOH1 can be rooted using chainfire's CF-Auto-Root kernel and by following the instructions in [SM-G900*] CF-Auto-Root

    If you have any further queries or require assistance, you can post in the Root - Samsung Galaxy S5 section of the forum, where you will find other rooted users.
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  14. Eltorrencito

    Eltorrencito Lurker

    Great post. May I ask, what is the deal with screen module compatibility?

    I have a Galaxy S5 SM-G900A with a broken screen module. When I tried to buy a replacement, some sellers told me that not all screen modules are compatible with all s5 phone models.

    Is it there a compatibility chart for screen modules? I can´t find anything online.
  15. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    Hello and welcome to Android Forums Eltorrencito :)

    It is not unknown for carrier minority variants to differ on their hardware specifications. See, Gorilla Glass 3 not on all Galaxy S4's!!! for instance.

    My advice is to stick to a G900A model replacement. I do not know of any compatibility list.
  16. Reneww

    Reneww Lurker

    I have a galaxy s5 5.1.1 rooted
    What I don't understand is:
    Must I flash the original 'Carriers based firmware' if I no longer use the carrier, and will be switching to some other carrier? I want to be rid of this branded firmware.

  17. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    If you are rooted, then flashing any stock Samsung firmware will unroot you. There is no need, other than warranty or OTA updates, to flash your original firmware.

    If you have any further queries or require assistance, you can post in the Root - Samsung Galaxy S5 section of the forum, where you will find other rooted users.
  18. Eltorrencito

    Eltorrencito Lurker

    Woah. So fast. Thanks!
    It seems that my display module was broken because the battery started to get bloated and the pushing did quite a number on the display. Colors seem like "hotter" (when you select "hot" color scheme in your tv), darker and with some artifacts typical of an old CRT monitor. When I lift the module a bit, color reverts back to normal.

    Anyways, I could see that the module name is AMS510CV01, so that should help narrowing the search?

    (and thanks again!)

  19. Reneww

    Reneww Lurker

    I think I may need to flash it because I cannot 'forget' the network.
  20. GLearner

    GLearner Lurker

    Hi, Firstly thanks for this incredibly helpful page!
    now my questions: I'm looking to get a Galaxy S5 and based on my reading here and other research, I think that the model and spec I would want to go for are as follows-
    Sm-G900FD for dual sim. Unlocked.
    Android 5.1.1 or 6.0.1
    2gb ram, 16gb storage,
    Quad core
    4g and LTE enabled.
    I live in the Middle East but would also be using it in the uk. I've checked on willmyphonework and it seems that my local sim provider can carry everything ok. So is that combination of spec available and where should I look to purchase it (will be buying in the uk).
    Thanks again for your input!
  21. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    Hello and welcome to Android Forums GLearner :)

    You may be able to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos, G900FD, locally as it is not marketed in the U.K. Other than that, try the web. Here are just some I found...



  22. claytonMillay

    claytonMillay Lurker

    Currently have a S5 G900A with at&t but going to straight talk and wanting to get another S5 since mine wony update past android 5.0 and is 2 years old. I live in the United States. Should i purchase the G900A again or is there a better version that works in North America? Looking to purchase a unlocked one via amazon.
  23. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    Hello and welcome to Android Forums claytonMillay :)

    Personally, if I were going for a Galaxy S5 model for use on Straight Talk, I would opt for the Latin America model, G900M. This runs on unbranded stock Samsung firmware and is updated directly by Samsung. It also has the advantage of being rootable, unlike the AT&T model, which means that you could run future custom ROMs for, say, Android N.
  24. claytonMillay

    claytonMillay Lurker

    I thought that would be my best option after reading tons of post on here and i also went to willmyphonework and it didnt show the solid blue check marks but looked like a winner. Thanks for getting back to me so soon. Being the latin american model wont effect anything since im using it in the continental united states will it?

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date was April 2014. Features and Specs include a 5.1" inch screen, 16MP camera, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2800mAh battery.

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