The Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 update delivers a smooth and fast user experience with a collection of bug fixes that users will enjoy. After spending a month testing the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 update on AT&T, it is easy to say that this is a worthwhile update that is worth installing.
While there are still many users waiting for a Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 update to arrive, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile customers can already download the new update and experience the latest version of Android.
Android 4.4.2 is a small, but important update that fixes a GPS issue on the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 and delivers a variety of small changes to the lock screen. With this update Note 3 owners also gain small changes to the overall Android operating system. Keep in mind that this is still running a version of TouchWiz, Samsung’s software, on top of Android so users will not see the same look and feel as a Nexus.
With the Android 4.4.2 update the Galaxy Note 3 is running the same version of Android as the new Galaxy S5, but this is not the same software. Samsung changed the look and feel of TouchWiz for the better with the Galaxy S5, but users will need to wait, and hope, for a future update to get the faster access to Google Now and other features.
Google is already working on an Android 4.4.3 update for the Nexus 5, which will likely spill over to other devices, but Galaxy Note 3 users may need to wait until this fall for a major update. Google I/O is this summer where an Android 4.5 update may arrive, which would likely be the next major version of Android to arrive on this device, and likely what a Galaxy Note 4 launches with.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 performance is still very good after a month of use and installing multiple apps and accounts. After installing the Android 4.4.2 update on the Galaxy S4 my device experienced a lot of lag, which forced me to reset the phone to fix the problem. I did not experience that same problem on the Note 3, but I also had to reset the phone a week before installing this update while testing the device so this is closer to a fresh start than most users.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 flies on Android 4.4.2, with no slow down throughout my daily use. The phone responds fast to home button presses, multitasking is quick and apps launch fast as well. Overall the performance on my AT&T Galaxy Note 3 is wonderful.
I tested Multi-Window mode on the Galaxy Note 3 and this remains easy and reliable to use with good performance even with multiple apps open at the same time.
Thankfully the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 update was a smooth experience for my apps. I did not need to re-login to all of my apps after the update, like I did on the Galaxy S4. While small updates like this do not typically cause any app compatibility problems I did test out a variety of my favorite Android apps to make sure that they do work. I also tested the ability to use a Google Play app to copy files to a Micro SD card, which is a problem for some apps on the Galaxy Note 3 with Android 4.4.2 thanks to changes made by Google.
During the last month I tested entertainment apps like HBO Go, Hulu Plus and Spotify, productivity apps like Google Docs and a variety of communication apps like Hangouts, Gmail and others without any problems.
Some apps cannot access the Micro SD card to write files to it, which is a major problem for users. I am not able to use just any app to write to the SD card, but the ES File Explorer app works well for me.
I was looking forward to installing Google Wallet and using the new Tap & Pay feature in Android 4.4.2, but Google is not supporting this feature on the Galaxy Note 3. This means it is not possible to use the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 to make mobile payments at NFC enabled cash registers.
Overall the Galaxy Note 3 battery life remains the same as it did during my initial impressions. The large battery helps deliver long battery life even with use as a personal hotspot. I accidentally left the Note 3 in a bag before heading to a hospital waiting room for the day and was surprised to see that the standby battery life was good enough that the phone still offered about 75% battery life after spending about 18 hours in my bag.
Several Gotta Be Mobile readers report bad Galaxy Note 3 battery life on Android 4.4.2 with multiple reports of the battery draining faster. If you experience this, you may want to perform a full reset in an attempt to fix the battery life.
Another area that I pay particular attention to with small updates like this is connectivity. A small bug can ruin WiFi connectivity or make cellular connectivity a problem. My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 connects fine to multiple WiFi networks, to AT&T 4G and 4G LTE and acts fine as a personal hotspot.
At least one Gotta Be Mobile reader is experiencing WiFi connectivity issues after the update, so there is a chance that something could go wrong, but those with problems are in the minority.
Is it Worth Updating to Android 4.4.2?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 update is worth installing thanks to the GPS fix and to other small enhancements. There is a chance of some Android 4.4.2 problems impacting battery life or connectivity, but these issues do not appear widespread.
For users that do run into these Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 problems, a reset is often an inconvenient, but quick way to fix them. Keep in mind there is no easy way downgrade from Android 4.4.2 to Android 4.3.
Even with a collection of small issues, there is no major reason to avoid the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 update on AT&T, and likely on other carriers.