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Re: AT&T Software Update?
What does rooting have to do with them removing universal search from the phone? It's something I use on a daily basis on both Mobile devices and Desktop/Notebook PCs. Do you actually search through the Windows start menu instead of just pressing Windows and typing stuff and then selecting it? Times have changed. I've gone from being able to type 2-3 letters to find an app to being forced to either use an inordinate amount of home screens, Samsung's TERRIBLE folder implementation, or going into All Apps just to scroll through screens to find things. It's a terrible user experience. It's like buying a car and having them come and take your premium tires off months later and replace them with cheap Chinese knock-offs. Same can be said for the components they ripped out of Contacts with the ICS update (and literally being forced to Install Facebook for Android to Sync Facebook contacts, and we all know how that app destroys batteries with its wakelocks, etc.).
Originally Posted by nrm5110
Secondly, I just found out that the WiFi Direct on this phone is a buggy piece of trash. All it does is crash the phone. Windows 8 has built in WiFi Direct support. I've only gotten the phone to connect once and I couldn't transfer anything before it inexplicately dropped the connection. Any other time, it crashes the entire launcher/TouchWiz. AllShare cannot share to XB360, either, and the USB connection on this phone is so flakey that you never know if it'll work, nevermind Kies being a steaming pile of trash. So I'm out of options for reliably getting stuff off of this phone other than buying a BT dongle (yea, right) or emailing stuff to myself, which won't happen on either end because transferring 200MB videos over BT or email simply won't cut it.
Rooting won't fix any of that, so I'm curious as to why you've mentioned it... No one really cares about the bloatware. they probably take up like 15 MB total. Most are nothing but links to the full app in the Play Store, and almost all of them can be disabled (All Except AT&T Ready To Go).
Phone is rife with bugs. Not sure which existed pre-ICS because I didn't use the phone much with GB on it (I had a Vivid then an ion then, but DLNA and WiFi Direct worked on both those devices flawlessly). I'm not bothered to go back to reflash to GB only to find out it was broken there as well (did that with AllShare) and then reflash again to ICS (assuming my USB connection doesn't flake out and brick my phone, it's too risky at this point).
I'm taking it to AT&T tomorrow, and bringing my laptop with me cause they like to try to argue. I hope they don't make me break my computer on their face. I'm done with this B.S.
P.S. Windows 8 runs flawlessly. It's like having a full desktop OS with Motorola WebTop built into it.