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So, If My Phone Comes Without B14, Don't Install It?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Cybotive, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Cybotive

    Cybotive Newbie
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    I have a ZMax in the mail (my local reseller kept saying they're getting more "tomorrow" but tomorrow never came). I assume it's not updated to the latest firmware since it's probably been in a box for a while. If it comes with pre-14, should I not install 14? I've seen a lot of complaints about b14, but people fixed it by resetting OS or clearing cache.


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    Post #6 by ZMAX4EVER, Feb 18, 2017 (1 points)

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  3. Bard

    Bard Android Expert

    I also regret installing B14. I also feel it's slower and hotter after installing B14. If you are happy with what you have and phone works great without any significant problem, stick with your version and dont install B14.
  4. KuroLionheart

    KuroLionheart Newbie

    If your phone works the way you want it to, I wouldn't suggest updating. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Once you update, there's no going back and if something you use breaks or your phone is noticeably worse than before then you're pretty much SOL. Plus this is a cheap phone and ZTE treats it like such, their support is mediocre and slow. You would be at the mercy of their updates to see if it fixes your problems. If you're not willing to deal with the problems then never be a first adopter to these updates, that's just something you should practice with every phone pretty much.
  5. Cybotive

    Cybotive Newbie
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    Yeah, I've learned my lesson with Android 7. It kills my battery on my Nexus 5X. And the only bug that went away, was sometimes the notification drop down wouldn't stick all the way down on the lock screen unless I relocked it (portion where flashlight is). Not worth it.
  6. Cybotive

    Cybotive Newbie
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    I actually bought a ZTE Axon 7 Mini for $199.99 from Best Buy and returned it to save $100 with this phone. I'm wondering if I'm going to regret that. Axon support was outstanding.

    ZMAX4EVER Well-Known Member

    If your phone comes with B12, I'd recommend upgrading to B14. If your phone comes with B08, I'd say that you might want to think about it. About the only noticeable problem on B08 is that pictures downloaded into the gallery don't update automatically as they should. It's quite annoying if you use the gallery a lot and DL pics. B12 messes up the predictive text in the text app, which sucks, adds a battery heat alarm, and it really feels slower in general. B14 fixes predictive text, and feels very fast.

    But, if your phone comes with B08, I think I would seriously consider just staying there.
    #6 ZMAX4EVER, Feb 18, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2017
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  8. NeoZiggy

    NeoZiggy Android Enthusiast

    B14 is good. You also get the updated Android security patch...
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  9. Cybotive

    Cybotive Newbie
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    Does it include a patch for dirty cow? Or was that already fine in b8?
  10. Cybotive

    Cybotive Newbie
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  11. NeoZiggy

    NeoZiggy Android Enthusiast


    Probably gonna service my Boost LG Stylo again since I can use PDAnet for unlimited hotspot without root since Sprint doesn't care.

    This pretty device will be a fancy YouTube player and table ornament.
  12. omgpk

    omgpk Lurker

    I had actually received my ZTE from T-Mobile a few weeks back, it's been a good phone so far, but I had always pondered the same question as asked abov . Surprisingly my phone is on b04 so I'm assuming it's one of the more earlier builds of this phone? If it is , great, because I'm never updating this thing.
  13. Cybotive

    Cybotive Newbie
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    Looks like it's B08

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  14. mkhtfld76

    mkhtfld76 Member

    I've been on b12 for a while and didnt really have any issues. Better than b8 imo except that they patched some vulnerablities in b12 and thats good unless your trying to root the phone. Havent updated to b14 yet but probably will soon.
  15. I'm on b8 it says to update but when I click install it jus goes back to previouse menu
  16. Cybotive

    Cybotive Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Did you reboot? The update process was flawless for me
  17. No should I??
  18. KeithHolmes

    KeithHolmes Lurker

    I updated to B14 , against everything that I have read, but I did anyway because I had a backup phone. I did it and was suprised! It went flawlessly and I am pleased. So I am not condoning the update , it worked for me!
  19. ExLegionAir

    ExLegionAir Well-Known Member

    There is some flaws to updating to B14
  20. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    B14 seems to be Jekyll and Hyde on this phone.

    It fixed all my issues but for others it seems like it got worse.

    B15 and B16 have been rumored to come out but I haven't seen any official statement or date yet
  21. ExLegionAir

    ExLegionAir Well-Known Member

    True I have not heard an official date on when the B15 update will be released. This phone originally had fast charging but was also removed in the B14 update which was pretty disappointing.
  22. good4life

    good4life Newbie

    ... been running B14 for a couple of days and my battery life has really taken a hit. On B08, my battery could last me over a day. With similar usage and B14, I now only get maybe 6-7 hours. I now need to carry a doggone charging cable with me. USB-C cables are not cheap, either:-( Luckily, no other issues have been realized.
  23. KeithHolmes

    KeithHolmes Lurker

    Name the flaws as I have not found them.
  24. ExLegionAir

    ExLegionAir Well-Known Member

    One being that quick charge has been removed a other is that the phone overheats and I'm still finding and looking for some other but then again updating your phone is always a good thing because it usually fixes more then it causes problems.
  25. 1nf1n1t33

    1nf1n1t33 Lurker

    To clarify quick charging was not removed in the b14 update. Perhaps the splash screen was but if you are using a quick charge capable adapter and go into the battery menu under settings, you will quickly see that the device is still able to quick charge.
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  26. ExLegionAir

    ExLegionAir Well-Known Member

    Sorry my fault lack of research

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