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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat Update Roundup



The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update has been rolling out since January but its roll out is still far from over. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update pushing on, we want to take a look at the most important details and the latest developments concerning its latest Android update.

When the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 first arrived back in September, it was ran Android 4.3 Jelly Bean right out of the box. This is significant because it was one of the first devices to run Google’s Android 4.3 update straightaway. Despite Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors, the Galaxy Note 3 has a long life left ahead of it. Android 4.4 KitKat is only the beginning.

The arrival of the Galaxy Note 3’s Android 4.4 KitKat update back in January came as a bit of a surprise. While it made sense that Samsung’s first Android 4.3 Jelly Bean device was first to the next version of Android, Samsung Galaxy Note devices historically have trailed behind the company’s Galaxy S when it comes to its Android update pecking order. Galaxy S models typically have been first to major upgrades.

Since that day in January, the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update has landed for devices all over the world, including here in the United States. Sprint and U.S. Cellular were among the first to deliver Android 4.4 KitKat and they were soon followed by AT&T and T-Mobile, two of their fiercest rivals.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 has spread in other parts of the world as well. Devices in Europe, Asia and Canada have all received upgrades to Google’s newest version of Android 4.4. And while we’ve seen a number of updates roll out, Samsung’s still has quite a bit of work to do.

With Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users looking for Android 4.4 KitKat update answers, we think its appropriate to take a look at everything that we know about the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 update and what’s left of its release.

Samsung Focuses on Middle East…


From the look of things, Samsung has shifted its international roll out to regions in the Middle East. Recently, the company’s Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 Android 4.4 KitKat update landed for users in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, UAE, and Saudia Arabia. The update also has become available to owners in Mauritania and in Nigeria as well.

While this doesn’t necessarily guarantee that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat roll out will stick to Africa and Asia in the weeks to come, it does mean that there is a good chance that other countries in and around these areas will be next in line to Samsung’s Android 4.4 software. Remember, Samsung rolls out its updates at random so it’s extremely difficult to predict where they will land next.

…And Europe

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It also looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat focus is still on Europe. The company’s Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 Android 4.4 KitKat update recently hit the Netherlands, PLUS in Poland, Claro in Chile, and O2C in the Czech Republic. It also looks like the company’s Galaxy Note 3 LTE update recently hit Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emerites.

Carrier-branded Android updates are also extremely difficult to predict if the carrier is unwilling to divulge specific details.

While users will feel inclined to reach out over social media like Facebook and Twitter, most carriers won’t share information publicly and will instead force users to wait until the release date itself to confirm specific information. Something that Galaxy Note 3 users should keep in mind before berating carriers for refusing to release information.

Upcoming Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat Updates

Some carriers do like to keep their customers informed. Vodafone Australia, Optus and Telstra Australia are three carriers that release Android update schedules to keep their customers happy. Problem is, none of them have confirmed specific time frames for their upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates.

It has been several weeks since Optus and Vodafone confirmed Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat releases and the carriers have yet to offer any release specifics. In fact, neither carrier has received the update in for testing which means that the releases are likely several weeks away at least. Testing usually takes a couple of weeks or more to complete. Things could be worse though.

Telstra still hasn’t confirmed its Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. Its latest update was in late March which means that an updated schedule is due. Whether it will have a Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat listed or not is unknown.

What this means is that are probably a number of weeks left before Samsung and its carrier partners complete the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat roll out. The company almost always takes its time and updates usually span across many months. Just look at the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 updates. They started back in November and they’re still rolling out to users.

Galaxy Note 3 owners need to remain patient.

Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 Update


There is one major update that still hasn’t shown its face anywhere. Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update remains missing in action and unlike Optus and Vodafone, it hasn’t kept its users in the loop.

We’ve seen a couple of developments that we should share with Verizon Galaxy Note 3 owners. First, SXTP-Developers recently leaked the Verizon Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update and says that it might release the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. It makes no promises though and Galaxy Note 3 owners shouldn’t pester them for the software.

Earlier this week, a possible Verizon Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat release date leaked to the surface. If the evidence is to be believed, Verizon might be planning a push for Friday, May 2nd. Verizon has been known to push out Galaxy updates in close proximity to one another, the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 updates are good examples, so it could be that the Galaxy Note 3 update is that far away as well.

Nothing is set in stone until Verizon sets it in stone but we’d be shocked if Verizon wasn’t close to its Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat deployment. Once the Verizon update rolls out, the United States’ Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 roll out will be complete.



  1. mk

    04/19/2014 at 7:30 pm

    I think it’s sad those of us that have a note 3 we have to wait and the last to receive 4.4 the US has to step up and demand the release of 4.4 . A word of advice you will sale more devices (note 3) if you keep them operating at a high level.

  2. Brian Johnson

    04/21/2014 at 7:02 am

    The 4.4 update will happen on May 5th at midnight. Just confirmed by VZW. Now if I could just get rid of all this bloatware w/o rooting…

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