Samsung has started releasing the update of Android 4.4 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet in more regions across the globe after a limited rollout in Russia and Poland. Reportedly, Smartphones in Europe and Asia are also getting the KitKat update as of today. As per of SamMobile and the XDA forums’ reports, the launch is pointed for users in the Netherlands, Hungary, Switzerland, India, Korea and Singapore. From that, we can expect the update rollout to finish by the end of January or maybe sooner. The reports also refer to both the Snapdragon 800 LTE-capable (SM-N9005) and Exynos 5the 3G-only (SM-N900) getting the OTA today.So, it’s such a fortunate thing which can covers a broad spectrum of users.
Fortunately, Samsung has decided to make the launch sooner, so that won’t make us wait it for longer time. Both the Exynos and Snapdragon models bringing the usual features of Android 4.4.2 KitKat build KOT49H like white status bar icons, inbuilt wireless printing support, immersive mode, fullscreen album art, improved keyboard, reduced memory usage and many more. The update is usually rolling out both over-the-air (sized at around 380 MB) and through Kies and we can always check it manually from the Settings » About phone » Software updates menu.
The 4.4.2 update is weighing in approximately 380MB and it will not come with a lot of changes in features, but it is believed to have faster performance. It also includes visual tweaks and small user interface changes to TouchWiz in addition to the important KitKat additions. A new UI which is not entirely different from Android 4.3 also greeted the users. Although Samsung is blocking support for all third party cases and accessories with this update is such a bad news. So, you have to wait until there’s a workaround if you want to use a third party accessory on your Note 3.
None of the various American models of the Galaxy Note 3 have been updated and they possibly won’t be for some time, since US carriers tend to take longer time to software upgrades. Despite that, Samsung is moving uncharacteristically fast with the 4.4 update, so maybe we’ll see it sooner rather than later.