Android 4.4.2 Problems Plague Galaxy S4 & Galaxy S3 Users

For weeks, Samsung and its carrier partners have been pushing out Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 2. And while the updates were aimed at delivering enhancements and fixing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean problems, it appears that Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 2 users are dealing with an assortment of Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems.

Back in January, Samsung started pushing out its Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update, the company’s first Android 4.4 KitKat update. The update, as expected, delivered a number of big time features and fixes aimed at improving the experience on the company’s current Galaxy Note flagship. Since then, Samsung has made a strong Android 4.4 KitKat push and the update is now rolling out to all four of the company’s biggest names.

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Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 owners in the United States and elsewhere are currently in the midst of a full blown Android 4.4.2 KitKat update roll out. And as we’ve learned, these updates deliver much more than just Google’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat features. Instead, they come loaded with unique enhancements, bug fixes and unfortunately, from the look things, some problems of their own.

Samsung’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates in the United States were aimed at fixing problems left behind by last year’s Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update but it appears that many Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy Note 3 users are experiencing Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems.


Galaxy users across all four major U.S. carriers are complaining about a variety of Android 4.4.2 KitKat issues that they say are plaguing their devices after the upgrade. Some of these issues are minor but it looks like some of them are to the point where they are having a big impact on the overall integrity of the smartphone.

Galaxy S4 owners are complaining about a number of issues including missed calls and texts, various connection problems after installing Android 4.4.2 particularly on the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S4, apps seemingly opening and closing for no apparent reason, flaky data issues, the usual complaints about Wi-Fi, texting issues on the Verizon Galaxy S4, and issues so severe that one owner claims that the KitKat update destroyed his Galaxy S4. These are just the tip of the iceberg for the Galaxy S4.

While some users offer temporary fixes, many of these issues don’t have a one-stop fix. Galaxy S4 users that can’t find a fix can try one of two things in an attempt to solve the issues plaguing the device after Android 4.4 KitKat.

Booting the phone into safe mode can help to isolate issues with faulty applications. Often times, applications will behave badly after a major update like Android 4.4.2 KitKat and safe mode will help to narrow things down. If that doesn’t work Galaxy S4 owners can try a factory reset. Users will just want to make sure that their info is backed up.

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Of course, the Galaxy S4 users aren’t the only ones enduring Android 4.4.2 KitKat issues. Galaxy S3 users are also complaining about Android 4.4.2 problems which are said to include battery drain, issues with Wi-Fi, reception troubles, signal strength issues, problems with Sprint Zone and random reboots, and Verizon Galaxy S3 owners are complaining about charging issues that popped up after the update.

Again, those are just a few of the complaints about Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Galaxy S3. Those threads contain possible fixes for the issues though again, nothing is guaranteed to work. Booting into safe mode or performing a factory reset could help but they aren’t guaranteed fixes either.


Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 2 owners haven’t got off easy either. Galaxy Note 3 owners are complaining about several Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems including battery life issues (T-Mobile owners in particular are complaining about this but others are seeing it too), call quality problems of varying degrees, bad Wi-Fi connectivity, and more.

As for the Galaxy Note 2, we’re seeing complaints about lag, random reboots, problems with S Note, battery life issues that are so severe that some owners want to revert back to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, problems with charging, email issues, streaming headaches, and more. There are possible fixes in those threads that Galaxy Note 2 owners will want to check out.

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We are pointing these Android 4.4.2 KitKat issues out for a few reasons. First, we want to shed light on these problems so that Samsung and its carrier partners can get an idea about the problems plaguing the software. We also want to help point Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 2 owners in the right direction and generate discussion that could lead to fixes for users dealing with problems.


We’re also aware that there are many Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2 owners who made flawless transitions from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. However, it’s clear that there are plenty of people struggling with Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems and they should not get left behind.

At the moment, these temporary fixes are all that Galaxy S and Galaxy Note owners have to work with. It’s still not clear if Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat and their bug fixes will be coming to these four devices and it’s possible that the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 may get left behind on Android 4.4 KitKat. The Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will almost certainly get Google’s new update, Android L, an update that could deliver fixes, and perhaps, some new bugs of its own.