Sprint is pushing out an OTA update to the Galaxy S5 with “Factory Reset Protection”, it’s the same update that one T-Mobile Galaxy S6 edge user received and which ended up locking the bootloader on his device.
The update is coming with build number G900PVPU2BOD3 and is already on roll as we speak. But before you download and install this update, be warned that this might lock the bootloader on your Sprint Galaxy S5, meaning you won’t be able to flash custom binaries or get root on your device after taking this “OD3” OTA update.
In case you’re wondering what “Factory Reset Protection” actually is, well, it’s a useful security feature in case of device theft. It prevents anyone from resetting your device after being stolen, thereby making it useless for the thief to use.
But still, for a majority of users like us, being able to flash custom binaries and having root access matters more than having “Factory Reset Protection”. So if you care about root and stuff, then we strongly discourage you to take this update at this time, let developers analyze it and tell us if locks the bootloader or not?
The update also adds Lollipop’s Screen pinning feature. Sweet.