Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Major Issues Won't Be Solved Till March? Factory Reset and Downgrade Left Options
By Ryan Inoyori | January 24, 2014 1:55 PM EST
Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2 owners are dodging major issues found from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. Wireless connection drops and huge battery drain are just two of the long list of issues reported. Rumours point March as official release date for Android 4.4 update but do owners really need to wait this long to get a fix?
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Major Issues
Some users decided to keep their Galaxy S4, S3 and Note 2 on older Android Jelly Bean version instead of updating due to several non-stop complaints of major issues such as wireless drops and huge battery drain. It seems like the problems weren't fixed completely from the initial Android 4.3 seeding and continues to persist to the latest firmware build.
Verizon Galaxy S3 variant keeps getting complaint and so far, the latest at Android Central's forum includes a 'massive security hole.' The post asked the question: "Why should someone without your unlock code be able to see some portion of the content of your text messages?"
In expanded version, it pertains to the preview of messages appearing on the lock screen, even if its locked and no specific turning off is available inside the SMS app. This only leaves global options to disable it that also turns off message previews even if the device is unlocked.
Aside from that, several other problems have been reported as well including:
1. Alarm clock notice issue on the lock screen
2. Security pattern unlocking problems
3. Constant notices on downloaded old files
4. Volume controls on media sometimes do not work
5. Bluetooth speaker connection problem
6. SMS notification remains to appear after reading the message
7. Vibration setting fails to override other apps at times
XDA developer forum Web site also received several issues including Wi-Fi drops, network problem after the update, some lags, poor battery performance and rare random shutdown. One of the threads also included an assistance on how to downgrade the OS version from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to permanently solve the problem.
What's the Permanent Solution?
Tips and tricks to improve battery performance, prevent Wi-Fi drops and others may not be enough to permanently solve Android 4.3 Jelly Bean major issues. According to rumours, March is the earliest possible date for Android 4.4 KitKat release date on Galaxy S4, S3 and Note 2. However, that's several weeks away and owners may not survive that long to wait for a fix.
In addition, it is also possible that the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade may be delayed just like what happened with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It is also unknown if all reported issues are going to be fixed permanently or if any new problems will arise after the upcoming update.
For now, owners who are annoyed by the issues from the update can only perform two things to save themselves the pain while waiting for Android 4.4 KitKat - factory reset or downgrading to Android 4.1 for Galaxy S3 and Note 2, and Android 4.2.2 for Galaxy S4.
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