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4.4.2 verdict ? yay or nay?

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updating did absolutely nothing for me, had bad battery drain the first couple of days but after a couple of charging cycles and few restarts it has settled but is still not as good as when I was still on 4.3, if I had known what I know now I would have stayed with 4.3 instead I'll probably just root the thing and flash the Assassin ROM since there is no going back to 4.3 once update to sh_itcat is done
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I didn't notice a difference. I went from root 4.3 to root 4.4.2. And it was only because I wanted the S5 rom on 4.4.2. It just makes this phone feel up to date. Battery life is good. It could be better with a new kernel but that's AT&T's fault.
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4.4.2 wasn't a big deal to me, everything seems ok.
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noticeable overall responsiveness improvement for me. so definitely a yay.
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I used to be a Android fan and advocate since Frodo. But since 4.2 and up, my love for Android is going down on every upgrade. For me an upgrade is when you introduce new features and make old features work better. But Android is going backward. Some features end up broken and some others, plainly disappears. Paid apps that used to work just fine doesn't work anymore.

SD Card access - gone
Cifs mounting - Not supported anymore (this one was very important for me)
Battery not as good as 4.2
Lots of apps not working anymore
KNOX is an unnecessary plague. (This could have easily be an option for business people.)(This is Samsung not Andoid.)
Worst of all, Can't downgrade to earlier version.

I'm really looking forward the new Ubuntu Edge, hope it's as cool as they say.
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What's this about micro sd issues on kit kat? I don't have any issues at all.

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Originally Posted by Atomix86 View Post
What's this about micro sd issues on kit kat? I don't have any issues at all.

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The problem I have with the sd card issue is I can delete and copy files from external sd card fine but after rebooting my phone all the files I deleted are still there and the files I copied to the card are gone. I've done the sd card fix by editing the platform.xml file and still have this problem.

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I updated to 4.4.2 last Friday. I found this thread and was disappointed in my decision to update. But too late.

Seemed like my battery was draining crazy fast. I read a few more threads about saving the battery. Turned off Hangouts and the GPS. Restarted it during the weekend at least 5 times. So far the battery drain has improved and is as good as it was on 4.2. Not too mad at the update now.
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4.4.2 has turned my Note 3 into a pile of crap.

Lots of things crash after bootup (background tasks trying to start) and I constantly get "Internet connection is unstable" on both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz (it only happened on 5Ghz on 4.3). The widgets on my home screen regularly lock up too.

I am now preparing to restore factory settings in the hope that it actually fixes this as its barely usable.


Looking promising so far, its downloading all my apps again and no "Internet connection is unstable" messages yet.
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The update is really pointless. All it seems to do is tighten the noose on control for 'them' no improvement for the user whatsoever. Stick to 4.3

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