Now getting KitKat: Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Droid RAZR series from 2012
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been receiving the update to Android 4.4 KitKat for a few months now, the rollout having started in January. Most of the US carriers selling it have already rolled out their respective updates, with one big exception. Yes, Verizon.
Big Red is usually last when it comes to updates, and this time is no different. But the good news is that if you have a Galaxy Note 3 purchased from Verizon, you can now finally take it to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.
That said, there is a catch though. The update isn’t yet rolling out over-the-air. That means that in order to get it, you’ll have to connect your phablet to a computer and use either Samsung’s Kies desktop software or Verizon’s Upgrade Assistant to download and install the new bits via cable.
At some point in the near or distant future we’re probably going to see this update going out to phones directly. So if you aren’t in a hurry to jump to KitKat you can wait for that to happen. On the other hand, if you’re impatient, then you’ve probably already installed Kies.
Also in Verizon-related KitKat update news, the entire Droid RAZR line from 2012 now has the new version headed to it. We’re talking about the Droid RAZR HD, Droid RAZR MAXX HD, and Droid RAZR M. All of these handsets are in the process of receiving Android 4.4 KitKat updates. And in this case, things are going down over-the-air so if you own either of them you’ll soon be notified about the update being available (if that hasn’t happened to you already).
Keep in mind though that such rollouts go out in stages so it might be a few days before the update reaches your particular handset.