Will Verduzco · Dec 10, 2013 at 07:00 pm

“Mandatory” OTA for the Verizon Note 3 Brings Significant Bugfixes, More Bloat

Frustrated Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users, you’re about to receive a rather significant OTA if you haven’t already. Verizon has now begun rolling out an OTA update that promises major bugfixes for some of the most pesky issues plaguing the device so far. Unfortunately, the update also comes with a catch: It brings four new pieces of Verizon special issue bloatware.

The OTA takes the form of a “mandatory” update. Luckily it doesn’t update itself without your consent, but if you choose to not install the update when prompted, it will reappear every 30 minutes thereafter until the update is installed.

According to the release PDF, the update brings the following changes:

KEY DEVICE ENHANCEMENTS
The following apps/widgets/services are now preloaded:
• MyInfoZone widget
• VMware
• Verizon Support & Protection (VSP) version 2.0.0
• Verizon Cloud

The following issues have been resolved:
• Incoming call displays Picture Me on screen when using Call Waiting
• Handwriting data entry issue for email and SMS messages has been resolved
• Email sync issue has been fixed and connectivity has been improved
• BT audio continues after a call is missed • Mobile Hotspot reliability has
been improved
• Samsung keyboard crash issue has been resolved
• Notification Panel responsiveness has been improved

The following additions have been made:
• Voicemail Notification has an Urgent Priority notification

The following areas have been improved:
• Connectivity
• Sound quality

Yep, that’s right. Four new pre-installed applications. And I don’t know about you, but “MyInfoZone Widget,” VMWare, “Verizon Support & Protection,” and Verizon Cloud don’t sound terribly useful—at least not useful enough to force users into installing them. But that’s why we root, right?

Visit Verizon’s support document to get the full scoop on the update. Then make your way over to the update discussion thread to get in on the discussion. If you’ve already updated, let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to give us your thoughts on the after-the-fact mandatory bloat.

[Source Verizon | Via AndroidPolice]


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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