The update to Android 4.4.2 is now available to Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) users in Poland, with more countries to follow soon.
Over the weekend, the folks at Sam Mobile leaked a test firmware for the Note 3 deemed as close to final, and now Samsung has begun pushing out the same firmware via the Kies companion software. For now, the update is only available via Kies for the unlocked model sold in Poland, with an over the air update due to commence soon.
The KitKat update for the Note 3 SM-N9005 (quad-core Snapdragon 800, LTE version) brings just small changes to the user interface and under the hood improvements that reportedly increase the performance of the device. The most visible change is the move to all white status icons, in line with the design of stock Android 4.4 KitKat. However, the toggles in the notification dropdown preserve the old green-themed styling that Samsung’s devices are known for. Other changes include the addition of quick access camera button on the lock screen and changes to the layout of the default keyboard in landscape mode.
As usual with these updates, Samsung will need time to kick off the update in all markets, with unlocked versions getting priority. If you sport a carrier-sold version of the Galaxy Note 3, prepare for a potentially longer wait.
Update: Sam Mobile has got hold of a guide detailing the changes coming to Note 3 with the KitKat update in terms of functionality.
Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat Galaxy Note3 Customer Consultant Guide Ver1.0
If you feel adventurous, you can flash the leaked firmware provided by Sam Mobile here, though we have to say the changes don’t seem to be worth the trouble. An issue you need to know is that the update could break the popular SuperSU tool, as it temporarily happened on the Galaxy S4 updated to Android 4.4.2 via the firmware that leaked last week.
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Can I flash this in my Note 3 SM-N9005 Hongkong model? Thanks.
You can, since it’s the same model. The only difference is that the default language will be polish. It’ll wipe your phone, too, so back everything important up :)
i tried to flash it on the hongkong one but it refused the flash and the phone is stuck in samsung boot and not able to reflash back original hongkong, any ideas?
Remouve for 1 minut battery. Try to delete cash and then factory reset.
Its not working. I already tried it. I also cannot flash the official 4.3 HK because the System recovery of 4.4.2 was installed but it failed to install the whole package and there is no turning back to 4.3. >.< The only way i think is to Root it and install Custom ROM.
Hong Kong edition is different, Hong Kong N9005 is the only can’t flash others country official ROM.
As for now, your only solution is flashing the custom ROM – Sweet ROM – http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2487425
Thank you @disqus_Ha4C3tv6bY:disqus I’ve already fix my phone. :) Thanks also to XDA (Volrath) Cheers!
i also tried to flash it. same problem with you @ahmekh:disqus. Any solutions for this?
Anyone have an idea for how long it could be until AT&T model GS4 will get KK? 4.3 has been nothing more than a headache since I’ve gotten it. And with a locked bootloader, I’m pretty much stuck.
maybe this will finally fix the long running double reboot bug and undo the drop in battery performance the last update brought with it.
Yeah, my battery life has gotten much worse.
If you turn location off in kit kat, battery will last forever. By forever, I mean significantly longer.
I hope this will fix the Android OS battery drain issue.
Hey friends, Android 4.4 update for Galaxy Note 3 is rolling now. Here is a easy procedure to update your Note 3 to pre release 4.4 Kitkat firmware without any problem. See here – http://goo.gl/aerGfS
I want a note 3 but the update is annoying me because the battery size is not in line with the clock and other notification bar pics…I have the ace 2 with cygenmod and everything is in line :/
my battery lasts way longer if I turn off “always allow scanning” in the wifi menu.. this is to assist location services..
Samsung batteries always sucked until I bought the note 3 awesome battery life
Yea!!! What!!!!! Okay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have problem with proximity sensor on my Note 3 while call.. That happens since I updated to newer version 4.3 … Do you think update is the reason for troubles ?? :)
So…If I travel to Poland I can get my Note 3 updated…..wow…such a deal Boichik
Please am in Nigeria I can’t wait to upgrade my note3! am sick of the low battery.
I just upgrade my note 3. But after I upgrade my phone keep reboot non stop. Please help.
I’m from Myanmar and using Note 3 SM-N9005 bought from Singapore. Now,
my phone shows all the time to upgrade to OS KitKat 4.4.2. My existing
OS is JellyBean 4.3 with Baseband N9005XXUDMJ7. I believe in that KitKat
4.4.2 will be better than J/B 4.3. But, I seriously want to know that
the language of Myanmar ( Font name is ” Myanmar (Zawgyi) ” is (built
in) included or not in KitKat 4.4.2. If not, I will be trouble as I
cannot downgrade. If yes, I want to upgrade to get better advantages.
Myanmar (Zawgyi) is (built in) included in J/B 4.3 with Baseband
N9005XXUDMJ7. ( Other available languages ( in my phone ) are :
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, UK, US, Lao, Korea, etc.. ). Please advise me and thanks in advance.
my call recorder not work after update to kit kat