I would like to know what problems Sprint customers are having with Kit Kat? I hadn't seen anything on Google about it.
As for the international community, the only thing I remember reading about was Kit Kat seemed to inhibit non Samsung smart covers made by the likes of Incipio and Seidio from working.
Look over in the forums at androidcentral.com so far only a handful but I am sure there are more. If you don't find them let me know. Don't just look in the Sprint forums.
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I was at Best Buy today, stopped in to see the Samsung Rep about Polaris 5 not syncing thru cloud service (nope it really doesn't)
He put Kit Kat on my phone.
Runs fast and no extra battery drain noticed.
Downloaded Another App and put Polaris in the Bloatware heap.
Think I am going to have to call BS on this one. It must not have been a VZW Note 3. I was at Best Buy this weekend as well and they hooked my phone up and it said no updates available. The Samsung Rep told me that VZW is always at the back of the pack with software updates.
The typical VZW answer is "We don't know. We have no information on when, etc."
You have all other major carriers pushing KitKat to their Note 3's. Even people overseas are getting the push. The ones of us here on VZW have to sit and wait...and wait...and wait while we get fed full of the usual "It's coming soon" "We have no information on that" "We don't know".
I can tell you that SOMEONE at VZW knows. It can't be some dark kept secret on when they are planning on releasing it...if ever. One of the main factors of getting my Note 3 was that it was in line for KitKat.
As far as bloatware..Yeah VZW fills every single one of their phones with as much useless bloatware as possible. I root my phones every time just so I can get my phone running at the performance I expect. If it was Samsung putting all this bloatware on then it would be the same bloatware on every carrier's version. But it isn't. And you can't uninstall it unless you root. Putting the bloatware on there is fine, but give us an option to uninstall it if we want. It is OUR phone. VZW shouldn't have to dictate how we use OUR phones.
Basically someone needs to give us a release date and stop trying to BS us with how great customer support and coverage is to try to distract us away from the real answers we deserve.
The worst part about all of this is the S4, from other carriers, have been getting the update. Here is a device that is over a year old and the S5 is weeks from launch, and here we are with the flagship device and last on the list for the OTA and keeping it's customers happy.
I understand wanting the newest update when all other carriers get it first.
Quick question, why you you need KitKat so bad? What features are on KitKat that are not on Jellybean that you have to have?
Just a side note not directed to you specifically, but everybody wants the latest and greatest OS yet none of them have any reason to get it.......most don't even know what will be included and how it will benefit them.
You guys are starting to sound like Apple customers, wanting the latest and greatest without realizing the past 3 models/updates have been the exact same
I bet someone is going to google what is new with KitKat and respond to me to sound like they know
Verizon will be last to get it, if you don't like that then switch providers.
I've flashed three Kindle Fires (1 original, 2 HD) to KitKat and they've gotten new leases on life. KitKat has performance tweaks, support more options/features, optimizes certain video drivers etc etc.
With my old Razr, going from Gingerbread Sandwich to JellyBean was like getting a new phone.. then that latest patch came out and ruined that.... but I digress.
KitKat solves some issues that some folks have been dealing with for some time. Good enough?
Wow. So much animosity over the lateness of a freaking update which will come when it is ready. While it is true that Verizon has in the past released updates that were disastrous, I don't think this has been the case overall. I've been a cell phone user since 1989. I have been with every carrier in the U.S. And while Verizon does have it's problems, they are far and away still the best network out there.
I've read on this forum that Verizon craps out their phones to make way for Verizon bloatware. It seems to me that they all have their version of bloatware. Motorola throws it in there, HTC, Samsung, all the carriers seem to do it. I find the Verizon apps unobtrusive and out of the way really. They are there if I want to use/subscribe to them or I can simply throw them all in a folder and put them out of the way. On my phone those apps take up an infinitesimal amount of space.
To trash them about all the other problems that have nothing to do with an update in infantile and immature in my opinion. Sorry, I do believe I am entitled to my opinion.
I find my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and exceptional phone, even without the update. When the update comes as I'm sure it will, I will probably wait to see what it breaks if anything at all.
I think that if life is absolutely unbearable for those that don't get this update soon enough, they should consider jail-breaking/rooting their phone and flash KitKat on there on their own. It's out there and many people are doing it. In fact, you can even leave out the pesky Verizon bloatware. Another alternative is to go with the flailing T-Mobile or the unreliable Sprint Network or even AT&T (good luck with these guys!!). In the end, for me at least, it is vastly more important to be on a network that has a strong signal in all the places I travel than to be first to get an update that may or may not work out of the gate.
I seriously doubt the folks at Verizon are sitting around making evil plans to intentionally frustrate and vex their customers by holding back an update. Seriously, if you really think that's the case, then why stick around and allow yourselves to get bullied by Big Red. You have choices.
My pros far outweigh my list of cons when it comes to Verizon so I'm not going to become unglued when some update is not first out of the gate for a phone that is already exceptional without it.
Not everybody knows what it does and it's supposed to fix issues, we don' know if it will or if it will make it worse.
Most people want it just because it's the latest and greatest, not because they need it or know what it'll do.
Especially when all these people want it ASAP.........that's like Cadillac releasing a new car before crash testing it.