Android 4.3 Issues Plaguing Nexus 4 Users

It appears that not all is well in the world of Android 4.3 as Nexus 4 owners are complaining about a myriad of problems with the new update which began rolling out last week and is slowing trickling to Nexus devices across the globe.

Last month, after weeks of rumors, Google announced both a new Nexus 7 and a new update to Android dubbed Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The update, which is an incremental update from Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, features a number of new enhancements including additions to the camera app, Bluetooth Low Energy, and as it turns out, some fixes for some of the issues that have been plaguing Nexus owners since the debut of Android 4.2 back in November of last year.

Read: Nexus 4, Nexus 7 Android 4.3 Updates Hitting More Users.

The Nexus 4 Android 4.3 update has apparently brought issues along with it.

The Nexus 4 Android 4.3 update has apparently brought issues along with it.

It also looks like the update brought some issues to Nexus owners, and in particular, owners of the Nexus 4, Google’s current Nexus smartphone and one manufactured by LG.


For several days now, we’ve received complaints about Netflix not working properly on Android 4.3 as users are reporting that the application is hanging up. Google says that it’s aware of the issue and that it’s working on a fix for the problem though it’s unclear when or how that fix will emerge from hiding. Unfortunately, It appears that Netflix isn’t the only thing that Nexus users are complaining about.

There are also complaints about the device hanging up on the boot up screen, forcing users to boot the phone in recovery in order to solve the issue. It appears that a hard reset has also fixed the issue for some owners.

The Nexus 4 is part of Google's new focus on design and build quality.

Android 4.3 is the first major update for the Nexus 4.

Other complaints that we’re seeing and hearing about including sluggish performance, problems with the gallery, and of course, the usual battery life issues that tend to accompany major Android updates. Phones Review also suggests that users are experiencing issues with the device’s Gallery feature as well, something that also tends to happen after major Android updates. This is something that we’ve been hearing as well.

While the Netflix and hang up issue appear to have fixes, the other issues plaguing the Nexus 4 on Android 4.3, at least for the moment, do not. And given the rising amount of complaints, Nexus 4 owners may want to hold off on updating to Android 4.3, at least until Google can issue a fix for the Netflix issue and perhaps address some of the other issues as well.

In the past we’ve seen Google work quickly to fix glaring issues within a new operating system, Android 4.2.1 is a prime example, so it could be that we see another update or another quick fix issued sometime soon.