Looks like it’s not just the Samsung Galaxy S3 which is having problems after updating to Android 4.3, Galaxy S4 users are also reporting a lot of bugs and issues after the Android 4.3 update. Samsung issued a statement about the problems with the update, which is now on hold. Before we discuss the problems, you should know that AT&T pulled the Android 4.3 update for its Galaxy S4 as well after users reported issues with the update.
It seems Samsung just rushed to release the Android 4.3 update without properly testing it. Samsung also released the update for Galaxy Note 2, but we haven’t heard any problems with it lately. Anyway, Samsung Galaxy S4 is experiencing similar issues that were haunting the Galaxy S3 users, including reduced battery life, poor performance, inconsistent WiFi connections, contacts not displaying in the compose text message window, apps saved on SD card not displaying icons, screen blacking out while running applications, gallery app loading slow, back button not working, Google Play Music starting on its own and a few more.
Many users are reporting the problems on various Android forums all over the internet. Even, we’re using an unlocked variant of Galaxy S4 and we are experiencing a similar set of problems (although the first few days were fine). Before the update, our Galaxy S4 used to last more than a day with normal usage when fully changed, but it hardly lasts for a day with the same usage. Additionally, the WiFi connections seems to inconsistent and displays an error that the WiFi is not stable or acting slow, and disconnects it or switches to between WiFi and mobile data. The compose text screen fails to display the contact name in the recipient field although restarting the handset fixed this issue. It’s not just us, some Geeky Gadgets commenters also mentioned the issues in the Galaxy S3 problems thread.
Despite that the phone is faster on Android 4.3 compared to Android 4.2.2, there are still a lot of issues that should be addressed by the Korean OEM. We’re hoping Samsung will fix these issues and will roll out another update in the near future. Additionally, many of you may not experience these issues at all.
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