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01 05 16

Downgrade update

Yeah, I won’t be updating my Android again anytime soon.

My phone is running Cyanogen OS, a modified version of the stock Android experience. It does its best to keep its underlying core up to date though, they release a new major version of their system for every major version of Android. I’m still on their equivalent of KitKat, which is actually two steps behind latest by now. For some reason I put off upgrading for super long, but yesterday I decided the time was right.

It was a fucking disaster. After ten updates in a row, it still told me there was more being prepped. The system itself became sluggish, frequently unresponsive, and shat on everything I had told it not to do in the previous version. I’ve never been so quick to date back down. but there’s the second half of the story: that didn’t go so well.

At one point my phone just wouldn’t boot anymore, so that was a fun one. Luckily, with a lot of searching, attempting and patience, I was able to get the thing restored to its pre-update state. Thank god I made a thorough backup! Honestly, things probably would’ve been fine if I had updated as soon as it was possible, but I’ll still stay away from it for the foreseeable future now.

Fun fact: I typed this using the Dvorak keyboard layout. It took me half an hour, but I feel like I could’ve done better.
~ Fang


  • 02/05/2016 (7:02 PM)

    This is one of the reasons why I’ve been hesitant to root my phone (yet). I recently got an extended life battery and want to be able to actually see how much battery life I have left. Plus, you know, bloatware. But I also don’t want something that’s going to brick my phone, or just run like crap.

    • 02/05/2016 (9:14 PM)

      Rooting actually comes with a couple nice benefits though, which include running battery-saving software that actually does something. You don’t need to update to root.

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