Android 4.3 update causing issues for Galaxy S4 owners too

Jelly Bean was announced in the Summer of 2012.

Following last weeks news of the suspension of the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3 due to users having a ton of problems with it, it appears that those issues aren't limited to the older handset, with yet more issues cropping up for S4 owners too.

Over on Phones Review, readers have been reporting issues with the Wi-Fi connection state on the S4 after upgrading to 4.3, networks that could be connected to before the update no longer work. Other readers are reporting that since upgrading, the battery performance has taken a hit with "huge battery drain" occurring, and performing a factory reset only seems to temporarily fix the issue.

Samsung has already acknowledged issues with 4.3 on the S3, and are working to get an update out of the door, while currently in most markets the update has been suspended altogether for the device. At least one US carrier (although it is not known which) has also already decided to suspend the update for the S4 as well, acknowledging - at least on their part - that the update is having a detrimental effect on the S4.

Although the problem on the S4 seems less widespread than that of the S3, this is bad news for Samsung, who should probably consider doing a little more testing before releasing updates.

Samsung has yet to comment on these new reports. 

Source: Phones Review | Image: Google

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Help! Just bought a new S4 yesterday and the dudes at the Verizon store put the upgrade through without asking. Now I can't connect to my home Wi-Fi. How can I undo the 4.3?

DaffyLisa said,
Help! Just bought a new S4 yesterday and the dudes at the Verizon store put the upgrade through without asking. Now I can't connect to my home Wi-Fi. How can I undo the 4.3?

I do belive that you can... You need to perform an emergency firmware recovery under Samsung Kies then Tools and Emergency Firware Recovery this should recover the previous firmware.

Other than that you are looking at a hard reset Power Button Volume Down using the volume button scroll to Factory Reset select with the power botton say yes to delete all data and then it will reboot and you have to reset your entire phone again. WARNING Back up your handset before hardware reset or Emergency Firmware Recovery.

Hopes this helps.

Tried the 4.3 on my S3 and didn't really notice any significant difference to 4.1.2 on a daily use except of the giant lockscreen lag (4.3) and battery drained rather fast. Went back to 4.1.2 and that's the version that my S3 will have until it retires. Old's good enough & don't fix it if it's not broken.

I'm on Echoe ROM V8 (S4 Stock Customised ROM, Based on 4.3) and KT-Kernel, and currently managing to have :
36 % charge left, 4 DAYS and 20 HOURS 27 Minutes uptime,
moderate use -- 30 minutes Wifi hotspot, 1h 37 min screen on time (playing pool break pro), a few whatsapp msg. and 40 mins voice calls...
Now BEAT THIS. Of course all is heavly tuned by me (uV etc.).

Edited by PrEzi, Nov 25 2013, 7:11pm :

I guess I'm different. I have a G-Note1, still on 4.1.2
Why? Because it is STABLE and smooth. Anything past 4.xx, for my use anyway, doesn't
really bring anything "new" to the table, so why update? I know some have had issues
with 4.04, as I did, with battery life, but the .1.2 update fixed pretty much all of my battery
issues. Going on 2 years, the battery doesn't last as long as it use to, but it runs 24/7 never
gets powered off, so it will need a new battery at some point. Bless the bleeding edge
types, cause if it wasn't for you, the manufacturers/google/carriers wouldn't know what they screwed up, but I prefer stable to bleeding edge or the "dot zero" updates.

jasondefaoite said,
Samsung copying Apple again?

Apple had WiFi issues too with the iOS 7 update, especially on older hardware.

Every iOS update on iDevices has had WiFi issues.

What do you expect. All the crap Samsung has to test and deal with with Touchwiz and all their app specific software. Why, if you dont root, its best to go with Nexis, PE, or the new Moto phones.

techbeck said,
What do you expect. All the crap Samsung has to test and deal with with Touchwiz and all their app specific software. Why, if you dont root, its best to go with Nexis, PE, or the new Moto phones.
or you could just put another rom on it Cm10.2 works like a charm on the s4/3

Had to do a factory reset because mine acted all weird. Everything was laggy, the gallery glitches all the time and all notifications were delayed.

glen8 said,
4.3? thought it was 4.4 now on Android

Same here .. I'm on 4.3 on my S4 with no problems here .. isn't it the Kit Kat (4.4) update that's causing issues

i11usive said,

Same here .. I'm on 4.3 on my S4 with no problems here .. isn't it the Kit Kat (4.4) update that's causing issues

Doubt Samsung is even looking at 4.4 at the moment.

Yes, there were kernel issues with the original firmware resulting in battery drain. As of MK8 it seems to have been fixed.

Difficult to say how widespread it is. Battery drain can be attributed to a number of things - e.g. Google's location reporting is a prime offender which is not strictly Samsung's fault, also lots of people don't really care/notice that their battery lasts 10 hours. I did experience kernel related battery drain on a few occasions (sporadically) when I first upgraded to 4.3. I haven't seen this since I moved to the latest 4.3 ROM released a few days ago (which doesn't mean it's been fixed).

Actually there has been a problem with the Google Play Services on 4.4 draining the battery faster than expected because of wakelocks.

This is expected since I've heard news about problems on S3 4.3. My friend eagerly download and install the update on his S4 although I've warned him about the possibility of bad update, and now can't stop cursing Samsung for making the battery drain unbelievably fast.

I'm afraid about the future 4.4 update for my Note 3. Gonna hold on and see around before updating.