Samsung Galaxy E5 & E7 start receiving Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Galaxy E5 Android Lollipop

Samsung recently just started rolling out Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on Galaxy A3, A5, and A7.  It is still in the process and not complete for all regions. Samsung is skipping Android 5.0.2 and now rolling out Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for Galaxy E5 and E7. The rollout has actually started for both phones in India and Russia. But this firmware can be installed in the compatible handsets. Galaxy E5 Android Lollipop is better than Galaxy A5 because the Android 5.1.1 has better security reinforcements and upgrades.

The size of the new update is 744 MB. Both Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 are only smartphones of E series. They are the end of the line products. Samsung has discontinued the series. However, getting updates is really good and it is the right of a customer. New OS update comes with many upgrades in UI, design, battery life and performance. There is a new lock screen, interface, color scheme, and many good changes.

You can wait for for the OTA notification in your mobile to update. You can also download and update the phone using Samsung Kies. Users need Kies 3 and it can be downloaded from Samsung’s website. Next way is for people living in other regions who are waiting to get the updates. This process is simply flashing the new firmware using Odin. We have explained the process to update the Galaxy A5 to Lollipop.

Firmware Flashing Process for Galaxy E5 and E7

It is actually very easy to install or flash new firmware. First of all, find your model number in your Device Details in phone settings. For example, if your phone model is E500H then download the firmware for it from the Sammobile site. Don’t download or try images of other model or series. Use Odin to flash the new firmware.

If you have not received the lollipop update via OTA and don’t want to wait then you can try the manual flashing methods.

  1. Download the latest firmware images from Sammobile site’s firmware section.
  2. Extract the downloaded zip file.
  3. Download Kies to get USB drivers installed.
  4. Download Odin and open it. Odin is also available on the Sammobile website.
  5. Create a good backup of your phone before going forward.
  6. Shut down the mobile and open it in Odin mode. Press (Power+Home+Volume Down) at the same time.
  7. Select the firmware by clicking on option “AP” on Odin.
  8. Wait for a few minutes as the software can freeze.
  9. Start the update and wait for a few minutes at first boot as your phone updates old apps.

Flashing firmware has its own benefits and risks. Users can get the update faster and also get features they get in other regions. But it should be done very carefully. Users should choose the correct image for their model number. The process should be uninterrupted else the phone can brick. Users may also stop getting OTA updates. In the video below, we have shown the flashing of the Galaxy A5. The process is similar for almost all phones. So you can follow it.


Android 5.1.1 Update and Benefits

The Android 5.0.2 has some bugs but the 5.1.1 fixes them. Samsung also updated the Grand Prime to latest version 5.1.1. Therefore we believe new update for Galaxy A series is also coming. One of the main fixes is the memory leak issue. Next is support for WiFi on Android Wear.

The memory leak is a bit serious issue. This is a security risk but also gives a bad performance. The devices face a crash issue and sudden closure problem. There is also a significant loss in performance due to the memory leak. This leak issue causes huge memory used by apps and also causes less empty memory. Restarting of apps was also very common.

All these issues are only fixed in the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update. Samsung is planning to update their A series phones with the new roll out in upcoming months. So do keep a lookout for new OTA and keep checking. Always update your applications and do restart you smartphone at least once a week.


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About the Author: Abhishek Chand

Structural Engineer by profession. Computer and smartphone enthusiast. Tech-savvy blogger and former Gadget reviewer of AP1 HD TV and TechnoNepal.

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