Nexus 5 Android 4.4.3 Problems, How to Fix and Improve Performance

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By Precious Silva | June 19, 2014 3:13 PM EST

Google's Android 4.4.3 KitKat update fell short of its bug-fixing promise as it reportedly brought more problems to Nexus devices than fixes. Devices like the Nexus 5 reportedly encountered more problems when updated. Some of the issues include WiFi problems, Google Store issues and battery drain. Fortunately, there are a few ways around these issues. 

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A new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.Picture taken on February 23. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Previously, reports suggested that Google's Android 4.4.3 KitKat update will provide better Exchange ActiveSync support, more reliability, enhanced battery performance and even bug fixes. Users are reporting otherwise. According to a report by Android Origin, users complained about the following issues: 

- WiFi connectivity issues including 3G connection

- Random reboots though pronounced in the Nexus 4.Android 4.4.2 KitKat was also associated with random reboots.

- Notification problems

- Shorter battery life or battery drain

- Google Play Store lagging and errors

- Unidentified issues with Exchange ActiveSync

- Redesigned Android dialer lags 

More importantly, some apps got bugs which were not previously seen in Android 4.4.2. 

Back and Device Reset 

Deciding whether or not to reset a device and restore previous settings may be a big bet or uncertain area for some users. Nonetheless, for those who think their device's are not as preferable as before and feel there are more issues then this can be a good step. Often, firmware upgrades, app downloads and similar activities at times turn devices sluggish or more problematic. According to AndroidPIT, resetting a device can bring better battery life and performance. 

Prior to resetting, it is best to back up all data to make sure important settings, data and other information can be restored. Here are some options to back up data:

  • Google Backup - this is a convenient and reliable option. To do a backup using Google, go to Backup & Reset. Check the "Backup My Data" box. However, this option is limited. Game progress, photos and logins may not be saved.
  • Backup Apps - Google Play offers a range of third party back up applications. Backup applications may depend on device variant or model.

There are two ways to do device reset: factory reset and hard reset. Following the release of Android 4.4 update, Google has included a "factory data reset" option in Android. It is similar to hard reset. User files will be deleted giving the device a fresh state. To do this, go to Settings > Backup & Reset > Factory data reset. Choose Reset device and input security credentials. Choose Erase to proceed. 

For hard reset, follow these steps:

1. Turn off the device.

2. Press and hold the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons together. Wait for the device to turn on.

3. Wait for the word "Start" to appear.

4. Press Volume Down button twice to go into Recovery mode.

5. Tap Power Button to switch the device to Recovery mode. Wait for the Android robot logo and red exclamation mark to appear. There should also be the words "No command."

6. Press the Power button and Volume Up simultaneously.

7. Use Volume buttons to select "wipe data/factory reset" and use Power button to verify it. 

Choose "Yes - erase all user data" with Power button. The device should be in a fresh state without as much bugs and problems. It should also run faster.

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A new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.Picture taken on February 23. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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