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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by androidloverbe, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. androidloverbe

    Thread Starter


    I'm wondering why Samsung updates always takes ages.I know updates are rolled out per country but taking this long is pretty useless so if an update to my GT-I9505 comes out in June i might get it next year in may if i'm lucky ....

    For a device that costs that much money that should be faster ... no ?

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  2. Szadzik

    Szadzik Extreme Android User

    Update to what? This is the newest version of Android available, so what do you want to update to?
  3. androidloverbe

    Thread Starter

  4. WalkaboutDavid

    WalkaboutDavid Well-Known Member

    Samsung doesn't have the capacity to update directly. The providers need to do that and, in some cases, the providers (like VZW) are notoriously slow.

    And, then there are all the issues related to TouchWhiz's specific features as implemented on various versions of the S4.
  5. Szadzik

    Szadzik Extreme Android User

  6. WalkaboutDavid

    WalkaboutDavid Well-Known Member

    Yeah, he has no right to want a patch to the various bugs on his $650 phone. :eek:
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  7. Szadzik

    Szadzik Extreme Android User

    No right at all. The phone was released two months ago. Do you really have no idea how long it takes to prepare an update? A long time, I can assure you.

    I do not know if you are new here, but please do a search for information as to how updates work and why NO ONE is able to push updates to everyone at the same time.
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  8. DragonSlayer95

    DragonSlayer95 Resident Air Bender

    Unless your in the gnex family, don't expect to get the update the second it's announced.

    It depends on what carrier your with when you get it, as already said obviously.

    The s4 is already currently up to date no?

    If your not happy with the speed of delivery, just root and flash a rom based off of the latest update.

    Simple as that.
  9. androidloverbe

    Thread Starter

    Ok it's me being impatient nothing new :D
  10. WalkaboutDavid

    WalkaboutDavid Well-Known Member

    Relax, Ace. I was just teasing you.
  11. WalkaboutDavid

    WalkaboutDavid Well-Known Member

    Even if he had a Nexus, it might not go that quick! Look at how VZW delayed all those updates, probably helping to end the CDMA Nexus program.
  12. DragonSlayer95

    DragonSlayer95 Resident Air Bender

    That is true.

    Granted I've never owned a nexus device, it seems the nexus family does receive the OTA's a good bit quicker than any other device.
  13. Szadzik

    Szadzik Extreme Android User

    It's because Google creates the new firmware and then pushes it out. If the firmware is for Samsung, LG, HTC etc., the manufacturer has to test, modify, test, test with carrier and only then push the firmware out. I see no place for complaining about Samsung or any other manufacturer taking their time to push updates out as I know how long it takes to get it to us. And I am not a genius,, so I should not be the only one realizing it.
  14. james_uk

    james_uk Android Enthusiast

    I am currently running the above mentioned fw but i have rooted my phone and used the fw's from this link:

    This would be the only way to get the likes of this fw fast, but would mean rooting unless you just flashed the stock unrooted version from the same above link via odin, you would loose ability to update via kies though in some cases.
  15. Szadzik

    Szadzik Extreme Android User

    I never wait for updates via OTA or Kies. I just install the newest ones via ODIN :)
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  16. Tomo1971

    Tomo1971 Well-Known Member

    Part of the problem is the carrier versions of the update are been started first not the unlocked version. Yes it takes a while for the carriers to modify the base firmware to there spec. In that time the unlocked, unbranded, versions should get it.

    I wouldn't call the latest versions a hotfix either.... The new ability to move apps to SD card is quite a major update especially in light if the bad press Samsung have had about the amount of storage the phone has.
  17. androidloverbe

    Thread Starter

    Yes i know i can download that firmware already availible from another region and flash it with odin but i'll just wait for a few more months i can follow the progress though sites like this or this
  18. Shocky

    Shocky Android Expert

    Carriers and networks slow things down, then there's different versions for each region with different languages etc.

    Vodafone is one of the slowest networks to role out updates, that's not Samsung's fault.
  19. WalkaboutDavid

    WalkaboutDavid Well-Known Member

    Totally OT, Szadzik, but I really enjoy your posts. I seem to learn something new whenever I click on one.

    You may not realize it, but a lot of your quick retorts have tons of useful info.
  20. Szadzik

    Szadzik Extreme Android User

    Haha, I am not the youngest guy around here and quite cranky too ;), but I enjoy posting, so whenever I can, I try to help. Sometimes it works, sometimse it does not.

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