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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update Breakdown (Pt. 2)



The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update continues to make progress in the weeks after its release in January. With that in mind, we want to take a look at what Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users need to know this week about the Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update and its release.

Back in December, just a few short weeks after the start of Google’s own push, Samsung delivered its first Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. The first upgrade went to the Samsung Galaxy S5, the company’s former Galaxy S flagship. In late January, Samsung started pushing out the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop updates.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update didn’t come as a shock to anyone. The Galaxy Note 3 is only a year old and it’s still an extremely powerful smartphone capable of handling the latest software. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy Note 3’s Lollipop update is a big one and it delivers tons of changes including Google’s Material Design.

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In the weeks since the first Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update went out, we’ve seen updates and information flow. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update has hit a number of different devices in a number of different regions. There’s a solid foundation, sure, but there is still a long way to go until Samsung completes its Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop roll out.

With Galaxy Lollipop release information swirling, we want to breakdown everything we think you need to know about the Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop release this week. This breakdown includes a look at the progress the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update has made recently and a look at what we know about its future. There is a long road ahead but Samsung is working very hard to get its Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade out to as many people as possible in as little time as possible.

US Galaxy Note 3 Release Still Limited

Earlier this month, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update started rolling out in the United States. The first carrier to offer it is T-Mobile, a carrier that’s not known for its Android update speed. This is a big update for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 and will be a big update for the other Galaxy Note 3 models in the United States. Unfortunately, we still don’t know when they plan to push the update out.

While AT&T is being very chatty about the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update on social media, it hasn’t confirmed a Galaxy Note 3 update or release. The other models from Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile are in a similar boat though we at least know that Sprint is planning to push out a Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update at some point down the road.

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With one update out and another currently in testing, it’s reasonable to assume that the other carriers (Verizon, U.S. Cellular, AT&T) are all working on their own versions of the update. But without any official information, it’s impossible to say when the upgrades might arrive. Owners on the remaining variants will simply need to remain patient as carriers test for bugs behind the scenes.

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Problems

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop problems continue to mount for those that have been able to update their Galaxy Note 3 to Lollipop. We’ve heard from several users who have seen a decline in battery life and a drop in performance after moving from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0. In response, we recently put together a list of potential fixes for these problems including some tips to get better battery life.

It’s worth mentioning that Samsung is clearly struggling with Lollipop problems out of the gate. According to SamMobile, Samsung has halted two of its Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop roll outs. Samsung Norway has apparently stopped pushing out its Galaxy S5 Lollipop and Galaxy S4 Lollipop updates due to problems. The bugs have impacted the performance and it appears that Samsung’s gone back to the drawing board in an effort to fix these Lollipop problems.

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It’s not clear when these updates will start rolling out again or if Samsung will do something similar with its other Galaxy updates. While nothing is confirmed, it could certainly explain why we’re seeing the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update, and other updates, roll out so slowly. It could also be the fact that Samsung is attempting to roll out a ton of updates to a ton of different devices in a ton of different places at once.

Whatever the case, Galaxy Note 3 users in the US and elsewhere should appreciate the extra time in the lab.

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Roll Out Grinds to a Halt

The Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release isn’t just stagnant in the United States. It’s also extremely slow in the international market. The last major Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop roll out took place a week ago in India. That’s a huge market and a sign that the international roll out could start to pick up some speed later on this month.

We just haven’t seen international carriers confirm Android 5.0 Lollipop updates like they did with Android 4.3 and Android 4.4. Carriers, even the most vocal ones, are still silent about the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update and others. It’s a strange sight to see and it means that some updates could be weeks perhaps months away from arriving.

Time to Prepare

Carriers (US and otherwise) haven’t confirmed the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release but with March still young and an update now live in the United States, right now is a great time for Galaxy Note 3 users in the US and around the world to start preparing for the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release.

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We’ve put together a number of steps that we think Galaxy Note 3 users should take ahead of the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop roll out. These will help keep Lollipop problems at bay and they will help users prepare themselves, and their device, for the big change from Android 4.4 to Android 5.0.

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