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    Default is it safe to install Android 4.4 Kit Kat on my GE S4

    my GE S4 is showing system update available, is it safe to update or just hold off?
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    Default Re: is it safe to install Android 4.4 Kit Kat on my GE S4

    Quote Originally Posted by gpz828 View Post
    my GE S4 is showing system update available, is it safe to update or just hold off?
    I think so. I haven't heard anything bad about the GPe 4.4 ROM.

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    Default Re: is it safe to install Android 4.4 Kit Kat on my GE S4

    The front facing camera resolution is reduced to VGA from 2 Mp.
    The SD card write access no longer works for me.

    Besides that, no huge issues.
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    Default Re: is it safe to install Android 4.4 Kit Kat on my GE S4

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMcJoe View Post
    The front facing camera resolution is reduced to VGA from 2 Mp.
    The SD card write access no longer works for me.

    Besides that, no huge issues.
    I like your straight atittude.

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    do you happen to know why did google reduce the front camera resolution?
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    Default Re: is it safe to install Android 4.4 Kit Kat on my GE S4

    No idea, but it's just the Camera app, I installed a hacked up version of the Jelly Bean app () and it has 2mp 16:9 on the front facing camera. Samsung blame Google, I'm trying to get in touch with someone at Google who'll accept some kind of responsibility, customer service are going round in circles
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    Default Re: is it safe to install Android 4.4 Kit Kat on my GE S4

    You can write to the SD card (all writing was taken away with 4.3, ES Explorer used an exploit) with KitKat. However, only to the package directory. As an example, with FX File Explorer you can write to the /storage/extSdCard/Android/data/nextapp.fx/ folder. I just moved all my files over to that from the SD Card root dir. Now I can access and save **** to the sdcard.

    Warning, this folder is deleted when you uninstall the app so you've been warned.
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    Default Re: is it safe to install Android 4.4 Kit Kat on my GE S4

    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyships View Post
    You can write to the SD card (all writing was taken away with 4.3, ES Explorer used an exploit) with KitKat. However, only to the package directory. As an example, with FX File Explorer you can write to the /storage/extSdCard/Android/data/nextapp.fx/ folder. I just moved all my files over to that from the SD Card root dir. Now I can access and save **** to the sdcard.

    Warning, this folder is deleted when you uninstall the app so you've been warned.
    I see now, that is what their sdk help files say.

    It also mentions about the data being deleted on the uninstall of the app.
    It seems as though they are trying to rain in the apps that write data to everywhere and don't clean up when they're uninstalled.

    thanks
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    Default Re: is it safe to install Android 4.4 Kit Kat on my GE S4

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMcJoe View Post
    I see now, that is what their sdk help files say.

    It also mentions about the data being deleted on the uninstall of the app.
    It seems as though they are trying to rain in the apps that write data to everywhere and don't clean up when they're uninstalled.

    thanks
    Also to address where apps can write to each other's files.

    They might eventually bring this to the internal memory as well, but atm it would break too many apps. Maybe by 2016 we'd see the internal protected the same way.

    What we need is a shared dir that any app can write to.
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    Default Re: is it safe to install Android 4.4 Kit Kat on my GE S4

    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyships View Post
    Also to address where apps can write to each other's files.

    They might eventually bring this to the internal memory as well, but atm it would break too many apps. Maybe by 2016 we'd see the internal protected the same way.

    What we need is a shared dir that any app can write to.
    Yeah, for example, /extSdCard/Data, then let all apps write to it.
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    Default Re: is it safe to install Android 4.4 Kit Kat on my GE S4

    The front camera is now fixed in 4.4.2
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