If you’ve been wondering when Samsung is going to update your Galaxy S5 Mini to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, it seems that today is your lucky day, in the United States at least, anyway. Owners of the Galaxy S5 Mini in the U.S. should see the firmware update hitting their handsets from today onwards.
The Android 5.1.1 update is busy rolling out for model SM-G800R4, bringing the build number to G800R4VXU1BOI1. This update has a build date of September 1st and change list number 5720691, although that doesn’t really tell you much.
Besides the welcome Android 5.1.1 goodies, the firmware update brings the usual selection of stability improvements, performance enhancements, security updates and bugfixes. If you haven’t received the update just yet, you can manually check to see if its available by going to settings/About Device and tapping on Software Update. If you’re really impatient, you can always download the firmware (1.3GB file) directly from SamMobile to install manually, just remember to follow the instructions step-by-step.
While the update is confined to the U.S. for the moment, other regions should see it roll out in the coming weeks, hopefully. This being Samsung, it could well be a month or two before it hits your device. I guess solace could be taken from knowing that at least the Galaxy S5 Mini is actually getting updated to Android 5.1.1 because it’s anyone’s guess whether it will be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.