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Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?

aetkas001

I just got a notification to update to 4.3 last night and i hit postpone for 1 day (max option). I read that you can't decline the update and that it will keep annoying to update. I don't want to update because "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"+ I have read about a lot of problems with the S4 4.3 update, so are they fixed now? (I can't find anything recent) Thanks.

  • 1. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    djc65

    You can root the device and install Titanium backup to freeze fwupgrade and software update. No nags after that. Just rooting alone is probably good enough as you would have a firmware labeled custom so it won't update until you unroot and restore to official. Beware that rooting voids the warranty and as of Android 4.3 there is KNOX and an efuse so you cannot restore to official and use the triangle away app before sending in for warranty service.

     

    Alternatively, if you do not want to root, you can go into recovery mode ( Volume up, home and power) and wipe the cache and reboot. Update should fail and leave you alone but if you see Android is updating on boot up, immediately pull the battery and try again. I would recommend you already have the battery cover removed so you can remove the battery quickly should you need to. Usually when the upgrade nag appears, it has already downloaded so by wiping the cache in recovery mode, the device no longer has it to apply and the upgrade will fail, which is what you want. This method will NOT void your 1 year warranty. Thumbs down to Samsung and T Mobile for forcing this junk on us. My personal recommendation is to NOT upgrade.

  • 2. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    stryker49

    I am so glad I joined the community this morning. The update showed up on my phone this morning and I will share the experience that I have had with T-Mobile so far. I switched to T-Mobile three weeks ago yesterday, and not being Smartphone savvy, I was trying to save money so I bought a new Samsung Galaxy S III. A few days after getting my new phone, I was really starting to like it when I was notified up a T-Mobile software update. My old phone before the switch was Gingerbread and could not be updated. Anyway, I let the update go through. That's when the problems started happening. The battery went from lasting a day and a half to barely half a day.

     

    To make a long story short, T-Mobile made it right and I now have a Samsung Galaxy S IV, but I am afraid to run the update. I will watch this thread to see what happens.

  • 3. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    stevetjr

    Some folks didvhave problems that is for sure although T-Mobile by virtue of going last on the 4.3 update didn't release the version all the other carriers did that was bricking phones and a host of other problems so T-Mobile which had been set to release held it and didn't release until Samsung updated it so we never had the MK1 release only MK2. Now some have still had issues with it but not really to the level of the original version on the other carriers. On my second S4 and haven't really had any problems with 4.3 and with KitKat on the horizon you will probably need 4.3 on board to upgrade to KitKat

  • 4. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    matt1395

    I updated my s4 back in November & never had any problems everything is just fine everything is smooth just overall good update for me can't speak for others thoughh but as for me I'd say go for it

  • 5. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    aetkas001

    I don't really wanna root my S4 yet, since it will be void the warranty, but maybe I will when the warranty runs out. Also with 4.4 coming do you think the 4.3 problems may be solved? At this point I cannot postpone the update anymore, but I guess I will keep rejecting it with the back button...

    I guess I could try what you suggested, but could that have negative effects on the phone by stopping the update upon startup?

     

    Also my friend has an S3 on Verizon and told me he doesn't have any problems with 4.3 so either the Verizon update is ok, or not everone suffers from the problems.

  • 6. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    stevetjr

    T-Mobile users didn't experience the problems with 4.3 that everyone else did just because we never got the MK1 version and had to then update that to MK2 we just went straight to MK2.  Some have had some transient issues with the Wi-Fi and airplane mode but they (if) the happen can usually be worked through and I have read about some battery issues neither of which I have seen and that is with updating 2 S4's to 4.3 since my original one met with the driveway thanks to the misses and the replacement didn't have 4.3 on it .  The biggest reason everyone wanted 4.3 was to get the SD card app support back especially with the S4's limited memory.  There is one new feature that was annoying that thankfully you can turn off and that is regarding a "unstable" wifi connection which seems to cause more issues than it was worth.

  • 7. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    aetkas001

    wait apps to SD card support wasnt there? lolwut? My old phone with android 2.2 had apps to SD card support...

    so u are saying that the wifi issues i keep hearing about can be solved by turning off a new feature that sucks?

  • 8. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    stevetjr

    Yes it was removed in Jelly Bean but do to the uproar it was put back in especially considering the uproar of the actual available memory for the S4.  The new feature solves most of them but the airplane mode getting hung up seems to be a random one that pops up but usually after a few restarts in a certain sequence with a battery pull tends to resolve that one.

  • 9. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    aetkas001

    Why was it ever removed? I really can't see why removing a feature is a good idea, especially something so basic as having apps on an SD card...

     

    I guess I prefer not to take my chances and update though so I'll just ignore it for now. Hopefully 4.4 will be out soon and fix the issues...

  • 10. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    tidbits

    Hundreds of pages of bugs why it was removed. Google was the one that removed the code when they released 4.0. The code people are using for apps2sd was NEVER updated since 2.3.X. At some point the code will break or someone company is going to have to spend resources to make it work(Google isn't going to do it).

  • 11. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    stevetjr

    Hopefully with the GS5 Samsung will learn their lesson from the GS4 and not make a 16gb model that only has 9GB usable which is why everyone was screaming to have it back.

  • 12. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    aetkas001

    i see. i dont remember having problems with apps2sd before but whatever. Apps2sd is still in 4.4 right? Although I have a lot of apps I still have 6gbs left on my S4 so idc much about the feature atm but i can see how others may need it.

  • 13. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    aetkas001

    yh. ive heard rumors that the s5 will have 32gb as the lowest internal storage. its rather incredible how cheap internal storage is yet companies either put very little in a 600 dollar phone or have 2 versions and charge u like 50 dollars more to double the memory *cough* apple *cough*. At least Samsung allows for expandable memory....

  • 14. Re: Are the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update problems fixed?
    stevetjr

    Don't get me started on Apple LOL, I despise the the IPhone and Apple in general, the IPhone is just a status symbol and people buy it based on that.  I always tell friends that are looking for my advice on a smart phones and I tell them out of the box the IPhone is a better phone but a month or two later Android (flagship phones) will run circles around an IPhone.

     

    I haven't actually seen KitKat so not sure if the appsd is still there or not.  My wife will see it on her HTC One before me so that will be my first real look at it. Although she will be switching in a few weeks to the Note3 when her JUMP date comes up and join the rest of the house on Samsung.  I am waiting for the GS5 and that will be my first JUMP :-)

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