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AT&T Galaxy Note Jelly Bean Problems Continue: Lag & Battery Life



Back in May, AT&T updated its original Samsung Galaxy Note with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an update that users had been on the look out for for some time. However, the update brought some serious issues along with it and unfortunately, AT&T Galaxy Note owners are still suffering from Jelly Bean update problems, months after its initial release.

On May 2nd, after a lengthy wait, AT&T made the Galaxy Note Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update available to owners of the original Galaxy Note. At the time, the update was anticipated due to the features it was supposed to deliver. Unfortunately, while the update did bring some good along with it, it also brought a ton of bad.

Read: AT&T Galaxy Note Jelly Bean Problems: Battery Life, Lag, No Multi-View.

Immediately, it became clear that one of the most coveted features of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 software, Multi-Window View, had been left off of the AT&T Galaxy Note update. Multi-Window View allows users to use two applications at once, something that is fantastic on the Galaxy Note 2 thanks to the screen real estate. The missing feature was only part of the downside to Android 4.1, however.

Also include in the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update were lag and battery life issues, issues that sadly are still a problem for those utilizing AT&T’s older Galaxy Note, a device that has since been replaced by not only the Galaxy Note 2, but now, the Galaxy Note 3 as well.

Over the past few months, we’ve received many complaints from AT&T Galaxy Note owners who are still experiencing major issues with lag and battery life. Today, those issues have been rekindled with one owner detailing the issues that he’s been having with the AT&T Galaxy Note.

He claims that his Galaxy Note, after the update, was experiencing the lag and battery life issues. He claims that “just leaving the phone idle, connected to WiFi, with Power Saving ON, BlueTooth OFF, GPS OFF and cellular data on with a strong signal” his battery drops from 100% to 50% in just seven hours.

This particular Galaxy Note user also claims that he took the Galaxy Note to an AT&T Service Center to get it fixed and while it provided a temporary fix, the battery drain remains and the lag has returned.

He is not alone. We’ve heard from several AT&T Galaxy Note owners who have complained about these issues for months, and sadly, there is no clear fix for either of them.

it's unclear if the AT&T Galaxy Note will ever get Multi-View.

it’s unclear if the AT&T Galaxy Note will ever get Multi-View.

It’s also not clear what kind of upgrade path AT&T has planned for the Galaxy Note. Rumors suggest that the Galaxy Note may be getting Android 4.2 at some point, though that has not been confirmed by Samsung or AT&T.

The Galaxy Note 2 will be getting Android 4.3 next month, skipping Android 4.2 entirely.

It’s possible that AT&T will roll out a fix for the Galaxy Note at some point down the road, maybe before a major Android update, but the fact that these major issues have lingered this long are a bit of a blight particularly with AT&T Galaxy Note owners set to come off contract next year.



  1. Brian McAndrews

    09/16/2013 at 7:27 pm

    I would move on to a custom rom at this point (or at least a heavily edited custom kernel stock). Cyanogenmod has its issues but, even with an occasional reboot, it is head and shoulders better than the stock jelly bean rom.

    Also, for battery issues, try replacing your old battery. One of the benifits of having a samsung device. Exercise it :)

    • Bigmouth

      09/17/2013 at 8:30 am

      Exactly. I opted for Black Jelly and have been reasonably satisfied. As a bonus, I even got the eraser back on my S-pen 8pi, though it’s a little buggy.

  2. Bigmouth

    09/17/2013 at 8:31 am

    That kind of battery loss isn’t normal. Try a wipe and factory reset, and if that doesn’t work, buy a new battery.

  3. Bigmouth

    09/17/2013 at 8:33 am

    PS: Props to Adam Mills for covering this problem!

  4. gerard

    09/17/2013 at 9:36 am

    I’ve had the same problem. I’ve put the phone into a fabric reboot. But the battery drain remains, until i’ve removed google play service that’s the one wth the headphone icon. Since the shutdown of the app, the battery drain is over and i use the phone a lot. I hope it will help you too. Succes.

  5. m

    09/17/2013 at 12:45 pm

    I have noticed the ‘sync’ feature causes most of my battery drain. When I turn it off, battery life returns to what I had with ice cream sandwich. Obviously I don’t get notifications as frequently, but most mail accounts use their own apps anyway making it a non issue.

    The battery drain for ice cream sandwich was the att navigator app. Once disabled I could run a full day on a single charge. Unfortunately jellybean doesn’t allow apps to be disabled – or at least I cannot find a way to disable the att bloatware.

    If used continuously I am lucky to get 2 hours on a single charge with jellybean. I was able to get 4 hours continuos on ice cream sandwich and 5.5 continuous on gingerbread.

  6. lakerstyle

    09/17/2013 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks Adam for reminding those at AT&T and Samsung that the first adopters to the Galaxy Note family are still unhappy. When my phone comes off contract in mid 2014… I may look at other devices. We want 4.3 with TRIM enabled and Multi-view. If we can’t have the new Note 3 features that’s fine…just want our phones to work. Even if I do get a new phone…would love to continue to use this device as media player and pocket surfer…please fix our phiones!!!!!

  7. tommy

    10/03/2013 at 9:03 pm

    Use miui app and eliminate lag 50%

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