Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 Update MIA as AT&T KitKat Push Rolls On

AT&T continues its Android 4.4 KitKat update roll out today though it’s not the much-needed Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update that is pushing out to users. Instead, it’s an update for a mid-range HTC smartphone.

Last year, HTC made it clear that it was going to make software support a big focus going forward. The company started to communicate with HTC One owners about upcoming software updates and the company has continued to be extremely transparent with its Android 4.4 KitKat update push in the United States and elsewhere. It also has made it a point to get its updates out quickly and efficiently.

HTC’s push continues today with the AT&T HTC One mini Android 4.4 KitKat update’s release. The HTC One mini is one of AT&T’s mid-range smartphones and the company offers it as a smaller, cheaper version of its HTC One flagship. In the past, users of mid-range devices in the U.S. have been made to wait for major Android updates but that’s certainly not the case here.

The AT&T HTC One mini’s Android 4.4 KitKat is a big one and it should help to improve the overall performance on AT&T’s mid-range smartphone. Here is the full change log, courtesy of AT&T:

  • Improved user interface with Android (4.4 KitKat): The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen immersive mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security, enhanced bluetooth and smarter power use.
  • Phone dialer app: The phone app now includes the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search corporate directories easily.
  • Caller ID: Whenever a call is received from a phone number not in saved in contacts, the phone will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps.
  • HTC BlinkFeed™ app: The new menu gives quicker access to switch content sources and search for custom topics and includes more news sources.
  • New copy and paste options: Copy and paste allows users to share or Google highlighted information.
  • New e-mail user interface: E-mail look and feel similar to Gmail and allows in-line editing.
  • Camera app from lock screen: Click on the camera app icon on the lock screen for quick access to the camera app.
  • Control music from the lock screen: Jump to specific past songs or videos from lock screen.
  • Immersive viewing: Immersive mode enables full screen viewing of books, videos, and games.
  • New clock interface: The clock now has an enhanced analog user interface.

The roll out means that the HTC One mini, a mid-range smartphone, has beaten AT&T’s flagship Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to the punch. AT&T’s Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update remains missing in action, despite a major GPS problem that has been affecting Galaxy Note 3 owners since last year.

AT&T is one of only two U.S. carriers yet to roll out the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. Verizon is the other. To make matters worse, Samsung has listed the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 as having the Android 4.4 KitKat update on board for weeks now. The listing servers as the ultimate tease for AT&T Galaxy Note 3 users.

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It’s also extremely surprising given that AT&T’s Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update leaked out in January and given that AT&T, like many other U.S. carriers, has already rolled out the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update.

It’s not everyday that a mid-range smartphone beats a flagship smartphone to a major Android 4.4 KitKat update though it’s not surprising that it’s a mid-range smartphone made by HTC. Perhaps the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update is next in line, perhaps not. AT&T still hasn’t confirmed it for release.

16 Comments

  1. Tom Thumb

    03/26/2014 at 11:27 am

  2. SadPanda

    03/26/2014 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for posting an update on this. That stupid MIA update for the Note 3 is painful.

    Reply

  3. Devon

    03/26/2014 at 11:57 am

    I called at&t today and they said it was just released today and should be available any day now

    Reply

  4. Luke

    03/26/2014 at 2:37 pm

    I just checked the live updates on Samsung website and the sm-n900A isn’t even listed.. That worries me.

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  5. jayvqz

    03/26/2014 at 4:54 pm

    Yeah…I just chatted with a at&t rep and they dont even know when it will be released…bummer…but on the other hand im not really in a big hurry …I have very good battery life and not one problem with gps

    Reply

  6. Tom Thumb

    03/27/2014 at 6:09 am

    The rumors were true. My phone is downloading an update now. It’s 541.77 MB large.

    Reply

  7. dan

    03/27/2014 at 7:03 am

    Note 3 owners at&t kitkat is ready for you to download.

    Reply

  8. Luke

    03/27/2014 at 7:11 am

    Its not available to me. I manually changed the date and time and it just keeps giving me an “update interrupted”

    Reply

    • Brandon

      03/27/2014 at 12:48 pm

      I’ve been having the same trouble, now I have to wait about 200 hours! yay

      Reply

  9. monte

    03/27/2014 at 7:48 am

    Got it!!!

    Reply

  10. Chumpster

    03/27/2014 at 7:58 am

    I just tried and it said I couldn’t check again for another 10+ hours so I changed the date and made it tomorrow and viola’, it’s downloading as I type this. 541.77 MB.

    Reply

    • Brandon

      03/27/2014 at 12:53 pm

      It didn’t work for me. I tried several times, now I have to wait until April 5-6.

      Reply

  11. jdodds

    03/27/2014 at 8:43 am

    AT&T just released Android 4.4 on the Galaxy Note 3…

    Reply

  12. Rudi Xeno

    03/27/2014 at 9:13 am

    I’ve had it on my T-Mobile Note3 for over a week. Moving from Verizon is turning out to be a master stroke. So much less drama.

    Reply

  13. magoo

    03/27/2014 at 5:29 pm

    Having same issue with update interrupted. Was rooted before but last update removed root and never bothered to root again. For those failing are you rooted?

    Reply

  14. teeilsn

    03/27/2014 at 5:35 pm

    My phone was never rooted and still not getting the update!

    Reply

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