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#138585 9-Jan-2014 19:27
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Hi Everyone, [read: vodafone technicians]

Is there an eta for 4.3 for your newly released I9506? I have looked online and done a fair amount of research on this fantastic wee phone, but can't see a roadmap anywhere for 4.3 rollout plans. (Or anyone else asking on this/any NZ websites.)

On a side note, it's utterly staggering Samsung chose a 1 year old firmware version to release a brand new Snapdragon 800 chip!

I can see according to http://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/ it's been released in France (Orange) but nowhere else, keen to see if it's hit the testing tables of the Vodafone tech's here in NZ yet.

To be honest I'm kinda hoping they don't release 4.3 for it, and just go straight to 4.4, but yeah, when I bought it and checked the software I felt really gypped to see 4.2.2. 

Anyone else have the phone and have any thoughts?

I also can't use LTE cause I am on a grandfathered plan, and cause Vodafone have chosen to NOT roll out LTE to their loyal customers, I have to wait 'til I change plans. But that's just something I have to live with.

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  #964088 9-Jan-2014 19:45
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I have spoken about the update on the Vodafone NZ community, 4.3 is approved waiting on Samsung Korea to push it out



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  #964135 9-Jan-2014 21:01
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Thank you Johnr. I would love to know why Samsung are so slack at pushing out updates, but I really appreciate Vodafone's done their part! 

 
 
 
 


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  #964137 9-Jan-2014 21:03
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They are not slack they are busy watch sammobile how often updates get pushed out



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  #964257 10-Jan-2014 08:06
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Hi Johnr, 

My comment is based upon the fact Vodafone NZ approved the 4.3 for the S3 since the beginning on December, but my mate with a legit Vodafone S3 is yet to see any JB goodness.

From looking at the graphic posted by HTC here it looks like Vodafone approval is the last step in the process, so there's no reason for Samsung to hold it up beyond that.

I am of course ignorant to any internal policies that Samsung have in regards to regional roll out schedules, so I can only speculate, and seethe that a brand new phone has 1 year old software.

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  #968971 17-Jan-2014 15:30
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Also, there is a 4.4.2 test image for the i9505 floating around at the moment as well, so the 4.3 update could be short lived. Although there is some speculation that Samsung could hold this back until after the release of the S5 as there is indication it will eventually include a heavily modified (improved) Touchwiz launcher and they will probably want to debut it on the S5 first.

I am not in any hurry to upgrade from 4.2.2 on my i9506 yet as I am not fully convinced by the long term implications of KNOX (which introduces from 4.3).
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/mobile/solution/security/samsung-knox




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  #968974 17-Jan-2014 15:37
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tehgerbil: Hi Johnr, 

My comment is based upon the fact Vodafone NZ approved the 4.3 for the S3 since the beginning on December, but my mate with a legit Vodafone S3 is yet to see any JB goodness.

From looking at the graphic posted by HTC here it looks like Vodafone approval is the last step in the process, so there's no reason for Samsung to hold it up beyond that.

I am of course ignorant to any internal policies that Samsung have in regards to regional roll out schedules, so I can only speculate, and seethe that a brand new phone has 1 year old software.


nature of the beast, in this case Android, like it or not it hasn't changed and won't either.

If you have an urgent need to be on the latest and greatest can i suggest you flash a custom Rom otherwise you are just going to be more frustrated.




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  #968975 17-Jan-2014 15:39
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Lol 4.3. I've had 4.4 for months now! (On my Nexus) :D




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  #968976 17-Jan-2014 15:42
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ajobbins: Lol 4.3. I've had 4.4 for months now! (On my Nexus) :D


Hmmm, comparing a manufacturers handset to a nexus developer phone, not sure if joking or not understanding the nature of a nexus.....




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  #969136 17-Jan-2014 21:51
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DrDee:
ajobbins: Lol 4.3. I've had 4.4 for months now! (On my Nexus) :D


Hmmm, comparing a manufacturers handset to a nexus developer phone, not sure if joking or not understanding the nature of a nexus.....


I fully understand the nature of Nexus. I was being facetious, but a jab at the poor and slow process of manufacturer updates.

Also, A Nexus isn't a 'Developer' phone as such. Sure many developers get them, having latest software and all.

Coming from a Galaxy, I don't think I'd ever buy another. Such poor quality hardware, and the software...worse.




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  #969417 18-Jan-2014 17:27
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ajobbins:
DrDee:
ajobbins: Lol 4.3. I've had 4.4 for months now! (On my Nexus) :D


Hmmm, comparing a manufacturers handset to a nexus developer phone, not sure if joking or not understanding the nature of a nexus.....


I fully understand the nature of Nexus. I was being facetious, but a jab at the poor and slow process of manufacturer updates.

Also, A Nexus isn't a 'Developer' phone as such. Sure many developers get them, having latest software and all.

Coming from a Galaxy, I don't think I'd ever buy another. Such poor quality hardware, and the software...worse.


By being a Nexus it is a dev phone:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_Dev_Phone

Also while I agree with the slowness of manu's releasing updated software (implementing and testing there own additions like touchwiz or sense only excuses them for so long) I am hard pressed to understand how you can think the hardware is poor? Are you comparing Nexus 5 to an i9506? You better double check the specs of a i9506 I think.




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  #969648 19-Jan-2014 14:15
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Actually, I'm keen for 4.3 cause I've had an absolute gutsfull of 'NlpWakeLock' keeping my phone awake. f$%king 114 wakelocks in 20 minutes unless I disable the Location Services. But I didn't buy a smartphone to disable key services to get more than 5 hours battery life!

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tehgerbil: Actually, I'm keen for 4.3 cause I've had an absolute gutsfull of 'NlpWakeLock' keeping my phone awake. f$%king 114 wakelocks in 20 minutes unless I disable the Location Services. But I didn't buy a smartphone to disable key services to get more than 5 hours battery life!


are you using all the services that do this like location services and google now, both battery hogs.

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I use location services so infrequently I just keep it disabled, turning it on when I need it is no big deal. Really helps save battery.

Be careful going up from 4.2.2, Samsung Knox comes into play. This lovely piece of software will prevent you easily doing things like rooting or installing custom ROMs. Echoe has a 4.4.2 ROM with Knox removed based on the preview that was leaked, but I'll wait for the official 4.2.2 to come out then give Echoe a month to stabilise before I move over. I value root and custom bootloaders.



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  #969763 19-Jan-2014 22:24
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jeffnz:
tehgerbil: Actually, I'm keen for 4.3 cause I've had an absolute gutsfull of 'NlpWakeLock' keeping my phone awake. f$%king 114 wakelocks in 20 minutes unless I disable the Location Services. But I didn't buy a smartphone to disable key services to get more than 5 hours battery life!


are you using all the services that do this like location services and google now, both battery hogs.

edit: spelling


I use Google maps and Now frequently. I've conclusively proved it was Google play, as disabling it in application management stops off the nlpcollector and nlpwakelock instantly. 

I was so frustrated I just Factory reset today, been good so far... #knock on wood. Just one wakelock issue for Google plus, camera monitor crashed... yeah, I can see fully why people get Apples. 

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  #970242 20-Jan-2014 19:35
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timmmay: I use location services so infrequently I just keep it disabled, turning it on when I need it is no big deal. Really helps save battery.

Be careful going up from 4.2.2, Samsung Knox comes into play. This lovely piece of software will prevent you easily doing things like rooting or installing custom ROMs. Echoe has a 4.4.2 ROM with Knox removed based on the preview that was leaked, but I'll wait for the official 4.2.2 to come out then give Echoe a month to stabilise before I move over. I value root and custom bootloaders.



I don''t think knox will be an issue unless you are concerned about it showing itsb been flashed or you want to go back to a 4.2 rom.

The echoe rom of kitkat can be sued without knox bootloader but wifi doesn't work so you need to flash knox bootloader for it to work .






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