The Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update, which was made available through an Over-the-Wire upgrade yesterday, is now rolling out Over-the-Air which means that those Galaxy Note 3 owners that didn’t want to plug in to download should now be able to pull down the update.
Back in January, Samsung started rolling out the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. The update started off slowly but by mid-February, the update was pushing to a number of different devices and regions, including the United States. Sprint and U.S. Cellular were among the first carriers on the planet to deliver the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 upgrade and they were closely followed by both AT&T and T-Mobile.
Verizon, a carrier that is well known for taking its time with software updates, lagged behind the rest of the pack. Days turned into weeks and unfortunately, up until yesterday, Verizon Galaxy Note 3 owners were left in the dark.
Yesterday, Verizon finally pushed out the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade. As we noted, the update came with a bit of a twist given that it was not made available Over-the-Air. Most Android updates are pushed OTA which allows users to pull them through the device’s settings menu on the day of release.
Verizon made the update available Over-the-Wire which forced impatient Galaxy Note 3 owners to pull the update using Samsung Kies or the Verizon Software Upgrade assistant. Both require the use of a PC. At the time, Verizon did not announce plans for a Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4. OTA roll out.
Fortunately, today, Verizon started pushing out the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update Over-the-Air. We’ve heard from several readers who have been able to pull down the OTA upgrade and that information has been confirmed. The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update is rolling out Over-the-Air and those interested in the upgrade can pull it down right now.
What’s interesting is that neither Verizon nor Samsung have posted an official change log for the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 update. We expect the update to mirror the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 update that pushed out several weeks ago. The change log featured Android 4.4 KitKat features in addition to enhancements and fixes. When Verizon is ready, it will post the change log for the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat on its support page.
Verizon Galaxy Note 3 users should know that the Android 4.4 KitKat also delivers a microSD card problem that is directly associated with Android. 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.
Those who installed the leaked Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update should also avoid this OTA for the moment. If the prompt appears, simply ignore it.
The Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update represents Verizon’s latest Android 4.4 KitKat update but it certainly does not represent the carrier’s last KitKat upgrade. The Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades are both expected to touch down for Verizon customers in the future though it’s not clear when Big Red might offer them.
Sprint recently started rolling out the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade and the carrier, weeks ago, confirmed a Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade. Sprint’s Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 update is the only Galaxy S3 update that has been released while the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 update remains confined to one specific variant of the device in two major regions, France and India.
Both updates are expected to spread out during the month of May though specific release dates remain out of reach. Canadian carrier expects to roll out both updates soon though other carriers, like Australian carrier Vodafone, suggest that the updates may not roll out for several weeks and could push in June.
Rumors suggest that the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 could be upgraded to Android 4.4.3 KitKat in the future. They also suggest that Samsung might be thinking about skipping Android 4.4.2 KitKat for Android 4.4.3. Specific devices haven’t been mentioned but given the slow speed of the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 updates, it could be that some carriers opt for Android 4.4.3 and its fixes.
Android update rumors also suggest that Google could be planning a brand new update for the middle of the year. Android 4.5 rumors are still fairly scarce though they do hint at some possible changes to the look and feel of Android. The rumors emerged alongside rumors that point to a Nexus 8 release later on this year.
The Nexus 8 is expected to be a high-end addition to the Google Play Store with several big time features rumored to be aboard, including a high-resolution display. With Google I/O coming up, we should starting hearing more about Google’s plans for Android.