In January, Samsung started pushing out the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. The update started off slowly before it started pushing out for a number of carriers in February. Sprint was among the first carriers to push out Android 4.4 KitKat for the Galaxy Note 3. Soon after, it was joined by the likes of U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile and AT&T. Those roll outs left the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 as the only Galaxy Note 3 variant in the United States without the Android 4.4 KitKat update.
Verizon is notorious for being slow to major Android upgrades. That, combined with the fact that it doesn’t announce release date information ahead of time often makes for a grueling wait. The wait for the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update was no different.
Verizon did not release any information, it didn’t even confirm the update, and that left Verizon Galaxy Note 3 owners in the dark. And while we did see the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update leak ahead of schedule, the leak appealed only to those adept at installing leaked software. Finally, after a long wait for the update, all Verizon Galaxy Note 3 owners got the light that they’ve been waiting for.
The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update is here and it’s available to those that wish to get off of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. However, the roll out comes with a bit of a twist. It’s not rolling out Over-the-Air for the moment and those that want it today will need to download it through Samsung Kies or the Verizon Software Assistant.
Both require Verizon Galaxy Note 3 owners to plug their device into their PC to initiate the upgrade. Those who aren’t interested in updating through Samsung Kies or the Verizon Software Assistant will simply have to wait it out. It’s not clear if Verizon is going to offer an update Over-the-Air though historically this has been an option available to Galaxy owners.
It’s also not clear what’s on board the update given that we haven’t seen a change log released just yet. We are expecting an update that’s extremely similar to the Verizon Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update that rolled out several weeks ago. That update was dominated by the changes that come with all Galaxy Android 4.4 KitKat updates.
Changes should include a change to the look of the status bar, a new way to switch between the default messaging application and Hangouts, performance upgrades, and more. Verizon typically adds its own spin on its major Android updates which means that Galaxy Note 3 owners should expect bug fixes and unique enhancements.
Keep in mind, Android 4.4 KitKat also delivers a microSD card problem that is directly associated with Android. As in it’s an issue that is plaguing owners of other Galaxy Note 3 models as well. There are some workarounds for the problem but they are all extremely tedious. Verizon Galaxy Note 3 owners are advised to take a look at the problems before installing the new software.
This Android 4.4 KitKat update follows Verizon’s Galaxy S4 update and its Galaxy Note 10.1 Android 4.4 KitKat update. It does not, however, serve as the carrier’s final Galaxy Android 4.4 deployment.
Days ago, both the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat updates started rolling out. Sprint has already rolled out the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update and the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update is expected to land in the United States in May or June. Sprint already confirmed it for arrival in the future but neglected to offer a specific date.
Verizon has yet to confirm either update though it, along with other U.S. carriers, is expected to push the update out sometime in the weeks ahead. Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 owners will likely get the same treatment that Galaxy Note 3 owners got. The updates likely won’t be confirmed ahead of time and we’ll likely see them roll out on an unpredictable date of Verizon’s choosing.
That predicament is much better than the predicament that some Galaxy S3 owners find themselves in. Samsung recently confirmed that it would not be upgrading the 1GB version of the Galaxy S3, also known as the GT-i9300, with Android 4.4 KitKat. It claims that the decision is based on performance.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update remains unaffected and it should be deployed to users across the globe including in the United States.
Samsung also announced that it canned the Galaxy S3 mini Android 4.4 KitKat update for the same reason. The company still owes several Android 4.4 KitKat updates to its user base and today, it made good on another promise.
The company’s Galaxy Note 8.0 Android 4.4 KitKat roll out has begun though the update remains limited at this point. The update’s roll out should take several months and timing will vary based on region and service provider.