Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update starts rolling out
Just a few short days ago we told you that an Android 4.4 KitKat test firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S4 got leaked. Shortly after that, there was another leak – this time, for the Galaxy Note 3.
And today Samsung has decided to roll out the update to the latest version of Android for its current flagship phablet. The update to Android 4.4 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the SM-N9005 LTE-capable model, is already available in Poland. At the moment it looks like you can only grab it via Kies, Samsung’s desktop software. And obviously you’ll have to have bought your device unlocked from Poland.
That said, an over-the-air rollout should follow soon. We assume that more countries, at least in Europe, will be getting the update in a few days too – though as always, devices bought unlocked and SIM-free may be favored. If your Galaxy Note 3 was purchased from a carrier, how fast you see the update depends on how fast that company moves with certifying it after Samsung’s finalized the bits.
There’s no word yet on when phablets sold in the US will taste KitKat, but it can’t be long now that the ball’s finally rolling and Samsung has finally started to push out its first ever Android 4.4 update.
If you’re wondering what the update brings new, well, not much on the surface. There’s everything included in Google’s KitKat release, of course, but the TouchWiz design has stayed largely unchanged – aside from the white status bar icons that were also a feature of the leaked Galaxy S4 firmware that we told you about on Friday. Well, there’s also a new camera shortcut on the lockscreen, album art being displayed on the lockscreen if you’re playing music, and improved performance everywhere. After applying the update, you’ll be running build N9005XXUENA6, and Android 4.4.2.