Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat Release: 5 Key Details03/28/2014 • By Adam Mills
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update roll out continues to roll on in the United States and elsewhere. With details swirling, we want to take a look at the five most important things Galaxy Note 3 owners need to know right now about the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update.
Back in January and without warning, Samsung started pushing out the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. The update came as a bit of a surprise because not only did it start rolling out without an announcement, it also beat the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update to the punch. Galaxy S Android updates have historically rolled out before Galaxy Note Android updates.
Since that day in January, we’ve seen the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update flourish alongside the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat as it has landed for a number of devices inside the United States and elsewhere. In fact, the update has been pushing out so fast that casual Galaxy Note 3 owners are having trouble weeding out the most important details.
Here, we get rid of that noise and offer up the five most important things that Samsung Galaxy Note 3 owners need to know right now about the Android 4.4 KitKat update itself and its release.
AT&T Galaxy Note 3 GPS Problem
Finally. That word sums up the feeling that many AT&T Galaxy Note 3 owners got yesterday when AT&T finally pushed out its version of the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. Some were happy because they finally got Android 4.4 KitKat features, others were elated because AT&T finally fixed a problem that has been lingering since last year.
For months, AT&T Galaxy Note 3 owners complained about problems with GPS. The issue is well documented so we won’t go into much detail but know that owners had to deal with broken GPS for around four months. That’s brutal for a smartphone that is designed to be used while users are on-the-go.
AT&T said that it was working on a fix but it did not say when the fix would arrive. We expected the fix to arrive with its Android 4.4 KitKat update and thankfully, we were right.
AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3 owners who are dealing with GPS issues now have access to a fix through Android 4.4 KitKat. The update, which is available through the device’s Settings menu, also comes with a bunch of Android 4.4 KitKat features but the improvements to GPS are its bread and butter.
It was certainly a long road but the wait is finally over.
Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat Update MIA
The arrival of AT&T’s Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update means that there is just one Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update left in the United States. Unsurprisingly, Verizon is bringing up the rear, something that should come as no surprise to anyone. Verizon is almost always last to major Android updates.
Verizon isn’t transparent about its Android updates which means that Galaxy Note 3 owners continue to wait in the dark. The one thing that we can say is that we’ve heard that the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update is in internal testing. We can’t confirm whether the Galaxy Note 3 is in testing or not but we have to imagine that it is at this point.
The carrier’s updates typically roll out weeks after the rest of the pack and we have a pretty good feeling that we’ll see the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat release occur in April. Anything beyond that would be shocking.
At this point though, it’s looking like Google will roll out Android 4.4.3 Kitkat before Verizon rolls out its Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates.
More Android 4.4 Updates on the Way
Verizon isn’t talking about the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update but there are some carriers that are extremely transparent with their customers. Australian carriers, for whatever reason, love to keep their customers informed.
Optus and Vodafone Australia recently announced Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates. Optus says that it plans to roll the update out in April while Vodafone says that it has scheduled testing but doesn’t know when it will be rolling the update out. Testing usually takes a few weeks or more so it’s probably going to be a few weeks at least before that update pushes out.
Vodafone’s update depends on the testing process. And from what we’ve seen from the carrier, once the testing process begins, it should only be a few weeks or so before the update roll outs. In other words, users on that carrier should not expect an extremely long wait for the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update’s arrival.
Not all carriers are created equal though. Telstra, another Australian carrier that loves to update its users on its progress with Android updates, still hasn’t confirmed the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update for arrival. In fact, Telstra is perfectly aware of the situation. It says that:
We haven’t actually got the software from Samsung as yet, so it’s going to be a few weeks at the very least.
Telstra probably isn’t the only one in this position. Most carriers aren’t transparent about updates so it’s hard to track down who might be lagging behind. However, we know that Samsung Galaxy Android update releases typically span across several months so some users could certainly be waiting until May for this update to arrive.
The best thing to do is remain patient. All versions of the Galaxy Note 3 will get Android 4.4. That much is clear.
Remember, You Might Want to Avoid the Update
Remember, there is still a very good reason to avoid installing Android 4.4 KitKat for the Galaxy Note 3. While we haven’t heard about widespread Android 4.4 KitKat issues in the United States or elsewhere, there is an issue that affects all Galaxy Note 3 owners who install the Android 4.4 KitKat update.
After installing Android 4.4, some applications will no longer be able create, modify, or remove files and folders on the external SD card. Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 owners have been complaining about the issue for weeks and it’s a mess that is probably not going to get fixed any time soon.
Fortunately, there are workarounds but they are either extremely tedious or require rooting the Galaxy Note 3, something that many owners don’t want to do.
Obviously, this isn’t going to be a huge deal to those that don’t use the microSD card slot for expanded storage but it is going to be a major problem for those that rely on it for extra space. Those who rely on the microSD card will certainly want to think about avoiding the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update.
This is going to leave AT&T Galaxy Note 3 owners in a bit of a predicament given the GPS fixes on board. For AT&T Galaxy Note 3 users, it’s going to be a personal decision based on use.