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  1. BullGuard8's Avatar
    I used to love my Note 4 before while it was on Kit Kat 4.4.4. 2 day battery life, super smooth performance no bugs. Then came the cursed lollipop which was kind of shoved down my throat because if I don't update it would always show a notification saying there is an update and messes with my OCD. So I updated, then did a factory reset / cleared the cache. Battery life would never give me more than 1 day, performance was not the same as Kit Kat, especially when pressing the current active app list when you close one it would transition in choppy slow motion to the next one, all in all, this isn't the Note 4 I always loved.....

    Recently I was able to root my Note 4 using a One Time paid service to root (forgot its name now) but whatever I'm rooted on 4.4.4 now os no more notifications about the update being available, no more nags to upgrade....but the best thing is, my phone is back to normal now, 2 days battery life easily and 2.5 days if using it lightly!
    sendit2suz, KJ78 and AXEL314 like this.
    05-17-2015 01:39 AM
  2. mty msi's Avatar
    I'd love to have Kit Kat back but I don't want to root my phone.
    05-17-2015 10:31 AM
  3. PainFX's Avatar
    Heres my battery life on kitkat with gaming

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Attached Thumbnails Kit Kat gave life back to my Note 4.  I didn't like Lollipop-screenshot_2015-05-15-19-56-20.jpg   Kit Kat gave life back to my Note 4.  I didn't like Lollipop-screenshot_2015-05-15-19-56-14.jpg  
    05-17-2015 10:42 AM
  4. zkyevolved's Avatar
    Heres my battery life on kitkat with gaming

    Posted via the Android Central App
    You don't use data? :S Data is what kills my phone all the constant downloading / uploading of messages, pictures, and videos.
    05-17-2015 10:45 AM
  5. Bluepython9286's Avatar
    I didn't have to root, couldn't actually since I'm on Verizon. Followed the instructions on XDA.
    05-17-2015 11:01 AM
  6. jordyd's Avatar
    I find Lollipop just as good as Kit Kat. Really don't understand why people seem to have soo many problems with it. My phones just fine with it!

    Sent from my Galaxy Note 4
    05-17-2015 11:06 AM
  7. PainFX's Avatar
    You don't use data? :S Data is what kills my phone all the constant downloading / uploading of messages, pictures, and videos.
    data was on the whole day, in addition, i was playing games for a little over an hour.
    05-17-2015 12:04 PM
  8. zkyevolved's Avatar
    Cool. I get around 5 hours of SOT if I am on WIFI all day. If I'm on data, I get like 2.5 hours or 3... Always with the same usage, of course. Maybe even more intensive data usage while commuting hehe.
    FSU30 likes this.
    05-17-2015 01:11 PM
  9. llfloyd79's Avatar
    I find Lollipop just as good as Kit Kat. Really don't understand why people seem to have soo many problems with it. My phones just fine with it!

    Sent from my Galaxy Note 4
    Same here. My Note seems faster and smooth as ever on lollipop. Not a issue to speak of.


    Posted via my Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    05-17-2015 01:20 PM
  10. mty msi's Avatar
    There have probably been about as many posts/threads about people having good/better experiences w/ Lollipoop as there have been about those having new problems, reduced battery life, lag, apps/features not working correctly etc.

    I have noticeably decreased battery life & lost my fast charge in the car as a result of Lollipoop. Even if I was among those that are having a good experience I still would want Kit Kat back. Sheer stupidity on Google's part to remove the lockscreen taskbar area notification icons, removing basic functionality in an OS is supposed to be an improvement??? I also dislike the new notifications because they're so large it forces you to remove some to read others, again removing basic functionality making a one step process a multi step process. IMO Google did a lousy job designing Lollipoop. To me it's the worst Android OS I've ever used going back to Froyo.
    05-17-2015 02:47 PM
  11. Lepa79's Avatar
    So staying on kit kat for ever? life is changing all the time. Such a waste to get stuck in one place. I adopt the good and bad of every release. I'm sure there are people that hated kit kat when it 1st came out. The cycle goes on and on. Good luck.
    05-17-2015 04:08 PM
  12. mty msi's Avatar
    So staying on kit kat for ever? life is changing all the time. Such a waste to get stuck in one place. I adopt the good and bad of every release. I'm sure there are people that hated kit kat when it 1st came out. The cycle goes on and on. Good luck.
    Eventually in later releases Google will get it sorted out which is why the lockscreen taskbar area icons are returning in 5.1. But in the meantime I get less basic functionality, less battery life and no fast charge in the car. As I've previously stated on other Lollipoop threads apparently Google's Android OS designers don't use their OS's. Google flopped big time w/ Lollipoop & fortunately they know it.
    BullGuard8, JMcCraw and Mom2Ninjas like this.
    05-17-2015 04:40 PM
  13. dman2275's Avatar
    Since I installed Lollipoop on my phone, it has been nothing but laaag. Battery life has been about the same but I notice significant lag on a lot of applications (using the dialer, various apps, calendar, ect. Making me seriously think about ditching the Note and going with a 6+ (and I am a HUGE android fan but the lag is a huge buzz kill). I have a 5S as a work phone, it works great. No lag, quick, responsive, good battery and most of the time, better signal than my N4. Very frustrated long time Android user here coming from a Note 2,
    GentleMuser and ZDriver like this.
    05-17-2015 04:49 PM
  14. anticlutch's Avatar
    I'd love to have Kit Kat back but I don't want to root my phone.
    Like someone else mentioned already, you don't need root to downgrade back down to 4.4.4. There are a few guides on XDA such as this one, but please make sure that you're reading the correct guide and downloading the correct files for your variant. The one I linked is for the Verizon Note 4 ONLY.

    The process is fairly simple, as Odin does all the work. Just take the time to read through all the instructions a few times and make sure to back up all your data as it will erase everything. I tried Lollipop on the Note 4 and it never ran right (stuttering, frame drops, etc.) even after multiple factory data resets. I'm glad it works for most people but I'm much happier on KitKat as is my phone. If I weren't so lazy I'd probably downgrade all my other devices from Lollipop but as I spend most of my time using the Note 4, it'll be the only device to receive such treatment.
    RMTURNER and JMcCraw like this.
    05-17-2015 06:40 PM
  15. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I have a love/hate relationship with Lollipop on my Note 4. I have been getting freezing and lag which I didn't get on KitKat. I did two factory resets. The second one seems to have worked.

    Not keen on going through those hassles again. Wish Lollipop had been more polished. Seems it's not quite ready for prime time, from what I've found.

    Hurts to say it but....there it is....
    05-18-2015 10:59 AM
  16. Smply_Rckless's Avatar
    Lollipop has killed my Note 4. I've been considering rooting it just for that fact. If it worked for u, I'm going to go ahead & do it. Any good Roms I should I know about ?


    Tapatalk'n On The IPhone 6 Plus 
    05-18-2015 11:01 AM
  17. justconfused's Avatar
    im in the process of backing up data and downloading everything to "downgrade" back to kitkat. hope all goes well

    using this guide

    (Link removed by mod)

    usually im reeeeeal skeptical and scary and paranoid, but the comments seem good. wishing myself luck
    05-18-2015 01:28 PM
  18. sqa4life's Avatar
    I didn't have to root, couldn't actually since I'm on Verizon. Followed the instructions on XDA.
    can you please share the instruction you used to avoid at&t update from kitkat to lollipop? I did a search but couldn't find anything for AT&T note 4. Thanks
    05-18-2015 01:35 PM
  19. MikeLip's Avatar
    I have some phones with 5, some with Kitkat. I don't care which is running. I slap a launcher on it so they all look the same and you can't tell the difference for the majority of uses. It's just another OS. Heck, they could run WebOS for all I care. As long as my apps work and I can make a call, I'm good. Call quality and screen is way more important than the OS anymore.
    05-18-2015 06:36 PM
  20. bitburn's Avatar
    Running Lollipop 5.0.1. As far as performance is concerned, everything seems just fine to me, maybe a tad slower. But, overall, I love it. Future releases should improve stuff.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-18-2015 10:02 PM
  21. dconner9's Avatar
    I traded in my iphone 18 months ago because of their annoying and difficult to use upgrade. Now my Android has turned into an iphone Supposedly lots of people love the new lollipop, but lollipops are for kids. Reduced accessibility for us folks over 40, make this new interface very difficult to use.
    05-18-2015 10:21 PM
  22. dconner9's Avatar
    What do you love about it?
    05-18-2015 10:22 PM
  23. philip42's Avatar
    I downgraded because I didn't like a few bugs I came across in lollipop. (I started a new thread listing these). I was able to stop the update notification without rooting also. There are two software update applications in the application manager area. One of them can be disabled. If you disable that and also in the About Device section turn off automatically check out updates, it won't update. Don't worry, it gives you time to do this when you're setting your phone back up on Kitkat without it prompting. The good part is this app remains disabled even after rebooting your phone so you can enable it and install lollipop any time you want after that.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    05-19-2015 02:38 AM
  24. Dominick079's Avatar
    I find Lollipop just as good as Kit Kat. Really don't understand why people seem to have soo many problems with it. My phones just fine with it!

    Sent from my Galaxy Note 4
    Yeah I don't understand it either. My phone is noticeably faster and have better battery life on Lollipop

    Posted Via The AT&T Note 4
    05-19-2015 06:01 AM
  25. Mom2Ninjas's Avatar
    Yeah I don't understand it either. My phone is noticeably faster and have better battery life on Lollipop

    Posted Via The AT&T Note 4
    I'm thankful you got lucky with lollipop. I was not so lucky on my s5. Far too many bugs and a broken hotspot. So I had to buy a note 4 outright and shut down it's ability to update. I'll watch the future releases of lollipop and decide if I want to chance it on my terms. Which is weird since I've always been excited about updates.
    BullGuard8 likes this.
    05-19-2015 06:29 AM
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