The Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates have all rolled out in the United States and now that the smoke is cleared, we’re starting to hear about the aftermath. For many users, it’s not pretty as Android 4.3 issues continue to plague Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 users in the U.S.
Back in October, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update started rolling out for Sprint and Verizon and it was these updates that kicked off a whirlwind of updates in the United States. Several weeks later, we saw other carriers roll out their Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 updates and then move to the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.
In December, carriers in the United States completed their Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update roll outs. And just yesterday, we saw AT&T finally start to push out the Galaxy S4 Active Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. It’s safe to say that things have come full circle since Samsung’s initial push.
We have been tracking the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 updates very closely since their arrival on the scene last year. And while we’ve heard about many of the good things that these updates have brought along with them, we’ve also started to hear about some of the issues that Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 owners are having on Android 4.3.
Several weeks ago, we pointed out some of the early problems that users were facing after installing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Weeks later, some of those very same problems continue to plague Galaxy S4 users on the largest carriers in the U.S.
Galaxy S3 owners are in the same boat, it seems. Complaints about Android 4.3 on the AT&T Galaxy S3 continue to pile up with users raising a stink about everything from battery issues to keyboard problems to connectivity problems. One user claims that his phone has started to use LTE, even when connected to Wi-Fi.
Problems continue with these symptoms:
- Increased power usage.
- Phone locks up and requires battery removed and a reboot.
- Notification bar does not take you to Facebook updates.
- Navigation voice on Google maps sounds like the old electronic voice. WAZE navigation voice fits not work at all.
- Chrome browser screen goes dark and does not refresh.
Many users are, of course, calling on these carriers to issue bug fix updates that tackle these issues. And carriers, per usual, haven’t said when or if they will roll out bug fix updates.
In the meantime, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and those with the Galaxy Note 2 experiencing Android 4.3 issues will simply have to rely on temporary fixes should temporary fixes exist for these issues. We can provide a few resources for those in need.
Carrier forums can be useful though we recommend heading to forums like XDA-Developers and Android Central Forums for help with some of these smaller issues. Chances are, someone else will have had the issue and thus, will be able to diagnose the problem. Those who are experiencing battery life issues on the Galaxy S4 might find some useful tips here.
Those that can wait may have some luck with Android 4.4 KitKat, the update that is thought to be coming for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 later this year. Major Android updates tend to bring major bug fixes to Galaxy users though there is always the potential that they bring bugs of their own.
How has your experience with the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update been?