The official Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update release remains missing in action but that doesn’t mean that the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update is unavailable. In fact, those willing to follow some instructions can get the update on board their Galaxy Note 3 right now.
Back in January, Samsung started rolling out the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. The update initially landed for two regions, Poland and Russia, though the update started to pick up considerable speed once February arrived. In February, we saw Sprint and U.S. Cellular start pushing the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update in the United States and we saw a number of other carriers release the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update as well.
In the weeks since, we’ve seen the update land for AT&T and T-Mobile and several other carriers including those residing in Canada. Other carriers have confirmed upcoming Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates and several are poised to roll out in May or June though carriers are withholding specific release dates.
Verizon is not one of those carriers. The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update is missing in action and the carrier hasn’t said when users can expect the update to roll out. We fully expect Verizon to remain silent up until the actual release of its Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade, just like it did with its Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 update that’s now available.
Needless to say, many Verizon Galaxy Note 3 owners have grown impatient and many have become frustrated with Verizon’s lack of communication. Fortunately, those who are feeling frustrated and impatient can take another route to Verizon’s Android 4.4 KitKat update.
Those who own the retail version of the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 are able to get the stock Android 4.4 KitKat update on board their device right now. The update is obtainable right now, just by following installation detailed instructions provided by the development community over on XDA-Developers forum.
From the comments, it looks like the update is working out for those Verizon Galaxy Note 3 that have taken the plunge installed it ahead of the official Verizon OTA roll out.
While it appears that this is a sound method of getting Android 4.4 KitKat early, Verizon Galaxy Note 3 owners should certainly proceed with caution. For one, it’s not clear if this stock version of Android 4.4 KitKat will be the software that Verizon rolls out later on this year. It’s also possible that this leak could cause problems for those that aren’t adept at installing leaked software.
Developers are urging those who install the software early to pass on the OTA update that Verizon will eventually provide to the Galaxy Note 3. In other words, Verizon Galaxy Note 3 owners will want to tread carefully and do diligent research before installing this software ahead of Verizon’s roll out. Unfortunately, it’s still not clear when that roll out will take place.
Verizon isn’t the only carrier that has yet to roll out a Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 upgrade. Carriers in Australia, including Optus and Vodafone, have yet to issue the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 update, nearly five months after the software was first released. They, however, have given their customers ETAs.
Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update is expected to mirror its Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update. Verizon’s Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 upgrade not only delivered Android 4.4 features but it also brought a number of fixes and enhancements to Galaxy S4 owners. The change log was extensive and the Galaxy Note 3 update should provide similar attributes.
The Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 update for Verizon has been beaten to the punch by both the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates. The Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update started rolling out at the end of April but still hasn’t reached the United States. The Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update on the other hand recently roll out for Sprint.
AT&T, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon haven’t confirmed Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades though they are expected to deliver at some point down the road.
Rumors suggest that Google will be delivering a brand new Android 4.5 update this summer alongside a new Nexus 8 tablet. The rumors remain unconfirmed but any Android update that rolls out this year should land for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Google recommends 18 months of software support for Android devices. Samsung, however, typically offers 24 months of software support before it kicks a device to the curb. The Galaxy Note 3 still hasn’t even turned a year old which means it should get every Android update that rolls out in 2014.