You can now download and install Android 5.0 Lollipop Touchwiz ROM firmware on the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sprint SM-G900P variant. There have been a few videos showcasing Lollipop running on the Samsung Galaxy S5. It is not a stock version of Android like Nexus devices have but a skinned Touchwiz version.
According to Samsung, the official update will seed to the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 at the end of this year or at the beginning of next year. This means that it will take more than 3 months for the update to seed. Meanwhile, users have already managed to enjoy Lollipop on the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4.
Thanks to amazing developers over at XDA, various custom ROMs based on Android 5.0 Lollipop such as CyanogenMod 12 have made their way to the Galaxy S5. These ROMs are a great way of enjoying latest version of Android, but they have a few downsides.
As mentioned above, these ROMs are AOSP based which means that they are stock Android and do not have all the features and applications that Touchwiz has. Touchwiz, even though it is hated by many because of slow performance and bloatware apps, has a lot of useful features and applications that make our lives easier.
Fortunately, a developer over at XDA has managed to get an unofficial firmware of Touchwiz 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900P Sprint variant. As expected, it is a test build for the Sprint Galaxy S5. It is not the OTA update that everyone is expecting but at the end, it is Lollipop with Material Design and you can enjoy it right now on your phone.
As expected from a test build, not all things are working and there are a few problems but some of the most important apps and features like calls, messaging and mobile data are working fine. If you can’t wait for the official update from Samsung, this is a great way of testing Lollipop on your phone.
Build number: PVPU1BNKD
File size: 1.28 GB
The installation process is very simple. You have to boot to Recovery mode, wipe data, cache and dalvik cache and then flash the firmware using ODIN. Follow the tutorial how to flash stock firmware using ODIN on the Samsung Galaxy S5.