Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 10 Major Issues from New Official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in the U.S.
By Ryan Inoyori | January 17, 2014 2:22 PM EST
Official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 still bring major issues in the United States according to reports. Critical problems include increased power consumption, abnormal phone lock up, wireless connectivity and Internet app issues.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Crisis
Initial push of the official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 contained major bugs which led to owners to complain how defected the firmware version was. Some of the notable bugs found on the first release are huge battery drain, occasional device freezing, buggy Wi-Fi connection, camera functionality errors and RAM management which were included to reports from UK and the U.S. that caused the update to be pulled.
Samsung attempted to the fix the issues by sending a newer firmware version among all owners of Galaxy S3 and Note 3. However, new reports revealed that there are still users suffering from issues on the new Android 4.3 update.
New Update with New Issues
In December 2013, major network carriers in the United States completed the official Android 4.3 update for Galaxy S4, S3 and Note 2 with the exemption of AT&T that just finished it this month.
Several weeks later, error reports begin surfacing after installing the new version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean all three devices.
AT&T's forum has been flooded by complaints including some users unable to download and install the software update via Over-the-Air process. According to their description, update usually stops at 25 per cent and won't go higher then eventually stops. So far, these user haven't found any workarounds in order to get the update from FOTA.
Verizon customers are also reporting a number of issues such as Wi-Fi connection drops and charging problems after installing Android 4.3 on Galaxy S4. Galaxy S3 users on the other hand are suffering the same things with additional battery issues and keyboard problems.
1. Battery drain
2. Unresponsive screen
3. Some apps are not working
4. Bluetooth issues
5. LTE auto-connect under Wi-Fi
6. Phone locks up for good unless removing its battery
7. Notification bar fails to launch Facebook updates
8. Electronic voice on the Navigation of Google Maps
9. Chrome browser goes dark and doesn't refresh
10. Recharging failures
One possible troubleshooting on all of these problems is to simply revert back to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. For battery issues, usually tips and tricks are always available while other errors for apps, lock screen and wireless connections are still being reviewed on how to prevent them from happening.
Network carrier forums are useful but it is best to check out XDA developer forums and Android Central forums as well for added insights on what's going on with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Note 2.
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