The Android update trap

Updating your version of Android can cause more problems than it solves. Be careful what you wish for.

By Jared Newman, PC World |  Mobile & Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy S II was supposed to be David Petty's dream phone. He'd watched the smartphone market for a couple of years, and finally pulled the trigger on his first Android handset when AT&T launched the Galaxy S II last October. For the first few months, it was perfect.

Everything changed when AT&T delivered Android 2.3.6--a minor update that included some tweaks to the user interface, but little else--to Petty's phone in January.

Suddenly, his phone wouldn't last more than 6 hours on a charge, even with light use. As Petty learned from fellow Android users online, a Wi-Fi bug was thrashing the Galaxy S II's battery life.

"It's at a point where, if I have Wi-Fi on, I have a battery widget on the front screen, and I can watch the battery drop, just sitting here," Petty, an environmental researcher based in Indianapolis, told PCWorld.

Petty isn't alone in his problems, and the Galaxy S II isn't the only Android phone burned by a bad update.

Here is a sampling of complaints we found in various online forums about Android phone OS updates gone wrong:


Originally published on PC World |  Click here to read the original story.
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