Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) KitKat update rolling out

by: Robert TriggsJanuary 20, 2014


The Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is now available for the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900). Currently the 4.4.2 update is only live in Russia, but should be rolling out across the globe over the comings days. As usual carrier banded devices will have to wait a little longer, or you could always flash the update yourself when it shows up. The Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005, that’s the Snapdragon 800 CPU version, received the same Android 4.4.2 update last week.

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the new KitKat features, but for a quick recap here are some of the more Samsung specific ones:

  • The UI changes will be the most instantly noticeable differences. The update switches out the more traditional Touchwiz multi-colored look for the new clean white KitKat status bar icons. Although the toggles in the notification dropdown preserve the old green-themed style.
  • Samsung has made a few changes to the lock-screen, adding a camera shortcut directly on to the lock-screen for quick access. Album art also now shows up on the lockscreen in full screen when playing music.
  • The built-in Samsung keyboard layout has been improved for use in landscape mode, paying particular attention to improved gesture typing.
  • Performance has also been generally improved with KitKat. There’s is a decent looking increase in overall benchmark scores after the update.

As with all Samsung devices, updates can be downloaded and installed by connecting your Galaxy Note 3 to your computer and using Samsung’s Kies software. Alternatively, to manually check for an update over-the-air head on over to Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update.

  • Jayfeather787

    Good job Samsung rolling out the kitkat update. Now bring it to the s3 and note 2.

    • Tay

      Will never happen

      • Azeem

        They already plan on getting it to the S3 and Note 2 in late-March (albeit the last update for these two phones).

      • mohd

        Actually it’s happening in late Q1 as stated by a samsung insider

  • Jay Monstrous

    When will it come to Sprint?

    • james

      Same here, waiting for att to rolls out kit Kat for my note 3. For some reason my device is not compatible with firmware update through kies on PC.

      • Azeem

        It should be in early-Feb or the last few days of January.

  • Roberto Tomás

    so I can’t find details — are the immproved benchmarks because of added HMP support? It doesn’t make sense for them to port the Note 3 Neo’s 4.4.2 to HMP and not bring the same changes (mostly driver) to the current vanilla Note 3.

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Hopefully coming to S4 soon….although don’t care if the toggles are white, green, or whatever color just the fact that they’re still there is a major disappointment.

    • Jaime

      That’s the best part of touchwiz… a lot more useful than vanilla Android.

      • AllPurposeRadio

        The amount of unnecessary space it hogs up in the notification tray outweighs any benefi

        • Jaime

          It doesn’t use that much space and is way better than the way vanilla Android has them. But whatever, to each his own.

      • Netwern

        An app called Settings Extended will provide the same functionality of the power toggles. Vanilla Android is still better than TouchWiz in terms of speed and simplicity. Most importantly we’ve been enjoying super fast Android Runtime and you are still using the laggy Dalvik Runtime in your Note 3.

        • Jaime

          You are a little bit late aren’t you?
          And looks like you didn’t actually read my post. I never said touchwiz was better than vanilla Android, only talked about the toggles. And just so you know, I have a note 3 and a Nexus 5 with ART and most of the time I use Note for all the little extra things it has. I know it’s cool to hate on touchwiz and Samsung these days, but if you actually use one someday you will find they are not as bad as people want them to be. Also many games don’t play well with ART.

          • jeff

            Love my verizon stock galaxy s 4!

          • Netwern

            I don’t need to own Samsung bloated phones, because I’ve been helping my friends to flash CM and I will have the chance to get my hands on most of the flagship phones in the market. Nope, as far as I know, every popular games are compatible with ART, unless you’re talking about those laggy Gingerbread games, Yes…TouchWiz sucks.

          • Jaime

            Cool story bro. Have a nice day.

          • Netwern

            Bad story bro, have a bad day.

  • jack

    Can’t wait for the update to kitkat on my T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3. Hopefully the update comes around march or sooner.

    • Victor M Vega

      I thought we can use the 900 update on tmobile note 3

  • RahulMacwan

    Does anybody know if 4.4 has come to uk

  • Roman Vasilev

    Это ебаный пиздец

  • Paul Bakers

    When do US T-mobile version get their taste of kit lat?

  • Curmet

    No offence, but this article is like a dozen others saying the same thing, except it’s covering news almost a week old now.

    We know it’s released in russia and NOWHERE else yet. THe point of news is not supposed to be something that repeats what has been said dozens of times already.

  • amine is a shill

    I suppose the HTC shill Amine Elouikal(sp) will be along shortly to tell us some BS about how Samsung’s KitKat update is laggy and everybody should have got a HTC One instead.

  • mike

    It appears my Rogers Note 3 is updating to something. It was actually off. Started itself and now says “Downloading… Do not turn off target!!

    I hope this is the normal screen. It has been 15 minutes and no look of action. I come out of walmart picking up photo prints with a dead battery and now Im a little nervous if it has enough power to do it.

  • Anthony R Tellez

    When does it roll out for us Verizon note 3?

  • Al

    Just upgraded to Kitkat 4.4.2 on Note 3 SM-N9005 and the Lockscreen when protected with PIN code does not display the camera shortcut. Was this not supposed to be fixed with Kitkat ? Need to use
    PIN for cie security reason so starting to miss my Iphone …. Any help welcome..

  • Rabbit

    I cannot open my gallery after updated, why.

  • Samh

    Does the new camera shortcut works with pin lock? Or nothing changed

  • ahmadmaksum