The Model Samsung-SGH-I747 on AT&T just got an OTA update to 4.1.2.
The Model Samsung-SGH-I747 on AT&T just got an OTA update to 4.1.2.
In my post “Galaxy Note is slow with Jelly Bean?” I was frustrated with the slow down after I updated my Note to Android Jelly Bean.
So far this has helped:
However, the phone is still much slower than when it had the Ice Cream Sandwich Android version. What is still slow? Everything except in app scrolling and use. App switching and setup suffers. This seems to be a memory or cache problem with the new Android update. If it were hardware, the older Android version would have had a problem. The phone has only 1GB of RAM, and this could be acerbating the situation.
Here are some things other people are recommending:
You get to the application manager and the development settings via the phone’s Settings menu.
Unfortunately, some of these settings will revert if you turn off and restart your phone. If the above don’t help, the next steps would probably be removing or disabling any newly installed apps. One user even suggested turning off many high end apps like ‘Google Now’, ‘S Suggest’, and so forth.
Since this Jelly Bean update was via the approved carrier’s channels, it should be supported. If you bring in your automobile to the car’s dealers for an official upgrade sanctioned by the manufacture, the car should not begin to stall on the highway. But, this is a complex legal issue, I guess. Reference: SOFTWARE PRODUCT LIABILITY: UNDERSTANDING AND MINIMIZING THE RISKS
The custom ROM solution?
Whenever a plea is posted on a forum regarding smartphone issues, some geek will chime in and suggest that rooting and a custom ROM is the way to go. Perhaps, but that is not for the faint of heart and is very complicated. Maybe there will be some advances in this area, for example, see “CyanogenMod for All! ”A mobile revolution” coming [UPDATE].” There is a video on the updater: Install CyanogenMod on your Android Device with the CyanogenMod Installer. Is the Note supported?
What caused the slow down with JellyBean update?
In this post the author has argued that the install process without using a reset will cause these issues. In the post, the author also says that one cannot correct a bad JellyBean install; it requires a real ROM flash: “… you want the phone cold/hard flashed to 4.1.2 as if the phone were fresh off the assembly line with no OS flashed to its ROM (meaning they should wipe the ROM, first) ….”
This is the problem I have with all these advice pages on the web, they contradict each other. In this post, the author says something about making batteries last longer that is directly called bogus in other web pages. So, while a minor quibble, I then wonder if the rest of the information is correct.
No information is available from Samsung, this is the standard response on their support page:
“Thanks for your inquiry! Unfortunately, we do not have any information about a future update release at this time. Stay tuned to Samsung.com for information.”
Compute devices slow down
From searching for solutions I did find something troubling. All smartphones slow down after months of use. There should be tools to handle this and manufactures and vendors should be more honest about the capabilities of the actual storage and cpu. I tried a monitoring app but it was useless, same thing for a battery diagnostic app. I guess a smartphone requires a smart user? 🙂
There is an alternative. When you buy something it should be guaranteed to work at a certain capacity. When you buy a car you don’t expect it to start slowing down if you give it normal maintenance and don’t change its major components. That is the tricky thing, a compute device is meant to be extended.
Related post: Bloatware should be outlawed.
Some things I’m playing lately …
Meeting Of The Spirits/You Know You Know –
The Mahavishnu Orchestra – Live in Germany 1972
John McLaughlin – guitar, Billy Cobham – drums, Jan Hammer – keyboards, Jerry Goodman – violin, Rick Laird – bass
Getting this error message when I connect my Samsung Note I717 to Kies on Windows 7 PC. This is with an unrooted phone. Was last updated to Android 4.0.4, but I don’t recall if it was by OTA or Kies.
No real good information on web about this. Just that Kies needs to get updated by Samsung to support the new firmware. Or that it is just a bad error message and really just means you have the latest version of the software on your cell phone.
[May 3, 2013: Apparently, it is the latter in this case. I was able to upgrade to Jelly Bean.]
Looks like Samsung and AT&T are not cooperating too well when it comes to the original Galaxy Note.
Why it matters?
This is how some updates for the phone are distributed, such as the new Jelly Bean update.
May 15, 2013: Just did another update via Kies. Looks like just a firmware tweak.
PDA:MB4 / PHONE:MB4 / CSC:MB4 (ATT)
SMP PREEMPT Sat Apr 6 07:12:29 KST 2013
PC: Windows 7 64bit Professional
Just found out about SwiftKey 4 release for Android smartphone. The company offers a free version to try for one month. This is very important since a keyboard’s usability is very important.
One of the major changes in this version of SwiftKey is that it supports gesture input. Many keyboards support some form of gesture input and this was probably made more popular by Swype, another keyboard.
Does anyone need another keyboard?
If you are already habituated with the stock keyboard and are very thumbsical, you probably don’t need another. If your on an IPhone you may not have much choice in the matter.
Swiftkey or Swype?
So far I think in the gestural aspects, Swype is the clear leader. Swiftkey has a hard time with double keys, for example. One outstanding feature of Swiftkey is the gestural input that incorporates the space bar. You don’t have to lift the finger to type a whole sentence.
Prediction? Yeah, right. I can predict that the prediction on any keyboard will predictably drive you up the wall.
Example SwiftKey stats
After you use Swiftkey for a while you can access its status screen and see the record of how it helped with your typing. For example, I have:
And, I’m not even a heavy duty texter.
Keyboard version confusion
The whole keyboard thing on smartphones is not very clear. For example, with these two, they are available in vague ways.
SwiftKey is an app download on Play Store, but it is also included in the new Samsung Galaxy S4, or is only part of the SwiftKey technology included?
Swype is available on Android as one of the stock keyboards one can enable, yet it is has a potential new version. To get that Swype version one must join the beta program to help develop it, currently at version 126.96.36.19905. The stock Swype does not have the latest prediction engine (XT9) and voice input by Dragon voice recognition. Will the new Swype ever ship?
Which to use?
I’m halfway thru my trial period using SwiftKey. Do I switch permanently to it? I’m leaning that way. The price is a the same as one cup of coffee, it’s not a money thing at least.
April 25, 2013: Swype finally is released as a non-beta download on Google Play store.
Lately I’ve been using the free AirDroid app.
Pretty easy to use:
This works over wifi connection.
To upload music (from PC to phone), just click the Music icon, then click ‘Upload’. On FireFox, you can drag&drop files in the resulting dialog. The advantage of using AirDroid compared to a dedicated file transfer app is that you can do more with AirDroid, like send SMS messages from your browser, etc.
Is it secure? Who knows? You investigate all these apps and you find conflicting data. I think in today’s age we are the product, as FaceBook epitomizes.
Kies Air works similarly.