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KitKat upgrade love is coming to a couple more T-Mobile devices. The T-Mobile LG G2 is ready to update now and T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected as soon as Monday.

Samsung has released the kernel source for the Android 4.4.2 Kitkat update on the Note 3 to their open source page, this allows T-Mobile to roll the code into an OTA update for end users. There has been no announcement for the update, but, historically speaking, carrier turnaround time from Samsung release to consumer update is pretty quick. We would not be surprised to see an announcement as soon as Monday and an update later this week.

Although LG G2 users can get their hands on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update now, T-Mobile is not making it available through OTA means. Users will need to hit the LG website to download the 1.5GB file, then connect their phone to their computer to install the update through the LG Mobile Support Tool. The update provides you software version D80120a and runs on the 3.4.0 Kernel.

We are excited to see more and more devices getting the KitKat update, and with its minimum required device specifications, we hope to see many older devices get the update as well. Considering it has taken as long as it has for this update, how many of you with the G2 or Note 3 on T-Mobile have taken to installing custom ROMs, and which one works best for you?

Jonathan Feist
Android purist and enthusiast, rarely more than arms reach from a stock Nexus 7. Often accused of being a Google fanboy, proud of it. Proponent for Android customization and personalization, if you can change it, make it your own!
  • shadow

    No word on kit Kat for the T-Mobile gs4?? It came out before both these phones!

    • David

      I know right.

    • jonathan3579

      Blame both Samsung and T-Mobile for that.

      • gngq

        Who else would anyone blame?

        • Health care?

          • Tuấn Ankh

            and the government…

        • John Garlits

          Obama, lol

    • neiman

      Seriously like wtf!! The update came out in Dec. and T-Mobile still hasn’t released the update for their top selling phone?!?! Att has my ear once again……

    • Jose P Avelar

      It’s out now for gs4, just updated my mom’s this morning via over the air.

  • Mamoon Bakeer

    It has been almost a year since we were promised an official update for Samsung Galaxy S3 (i9300). It was supposed to receive 4.2.2 several months ago, then got halted paving the way to 4.3, i guess. Then we heard an update to 4.3 but nothing happened. Now we’re hearing Samsung preparing a KitKat 4.4.2 update but nothing till now, i guess it won’t happen.

    I think LG should lead by enhancing their after-sale support by paying attention to more regular updates to all their smartphone models; not just high-end ones.

    • Dan

      GS3 got an update to 4.3 in UK in Nov/Dec.
      But due to lots of issues(like battery, lockscreen, hang), the rollout was stopped.
      No idea what happened after that

      • Mamoon Bakeer

        Yes, I know. But the process failed. Not good for Samsung’s reputation. I think Touchwiz is making the update hard on Samsung.
        On the other hand, I like LG’s high end pieces Like G2 but the lack of microSD & the inferior 16GB option in this super phone which I cannot understand made me pass and look for something else right now. I think it should have 32GB of internal storage minimum (without partitioning) plus an extra microSD.
        I don’t know why manufacturers keep limiting the internal storage 16GB; or worse; lesser than that? It is not wise to cut costs on this particular part since Android apps only run from the internal storage. Add to that an advanced camera with high FPS that would fill the internal storage in no time.
        I hope to see LG improving their upcoming G3 flagship targeting these issues.

    • bars44

      I got an update to 4.3 back in Dec…I think..the months go so fast, I forget exactly if it was Dec or Jan. Anyway, I do have 4.3. It was an offer that was sent to my phone telling me I could take the upgrade or later.
      It seem’s like mostly there are lot’s more stuff on the phone than before. It is still the best phone I have bought to date. I am glad I decided on Samsung. I almost bought an iPhone,.

  • blah blah blah

    honestly the update to kit kat is barely noticeable and most people who want it so bad is because of hype.

    • phuck yew

      Right? It says it makes my note 3 even faster, but I never have any stalls whatsoever anyways. Only thing I’m even really looking forward to is tap to pay support if it’s even coming.

      Love my phone can’t even imagine how it would be better.

      • John

        There is no ART because Touch wiz UI can’t support it sadly..

      • moonlitemile

        I downloaded 4.2 last night on my att note3.Im like you love this phone it was always Fast but now it is Blazing Fast! Learning about 4.2 this am…Like! Hope you all get your new updates soon! I always wait to download new anyway to see how it goes for everyone else.

    • Jayfeather787


      • John Garlits

        ART is not supported on the G2 with 4.4. Though I think art is just fine.

    • WestIndiesKING

      well for one on the g2 the camera is much faster so that is definitely a bonus, definitely feels a bit more snappy too.

    • StrictlyGeeky

      Would you rather stay on an older version of Android instead?

  • jack

    Pathetic. You android sufferers receive a 0.0.x update delayed, for specific phone, on a very specific network. I wish you could see how pathetic this is (from my perspective using an iPhone and happy)

    • Just saying

      Hey jack hopefully you updated your iPhone. To avoid issues with that serious critical flaw. The man in the middle.

    • Victor M Vega

      if you’re so happy what u doing in this forum?

    • Ben

      Excuse me, its not our fault carriers and OEMs are pricks, enjoy your restricted, propriety OS !

    • ninjagtr

      O M G. I’m so happy for you Jack….. You’re so Wright I should leave my 5.7″screen with expandable memory NFC capabilities 4k video milty touch screen with the ability to run multiple apps at the same time and a 3200mAh battery. I’ll leave all this for an iphone… Doesn’t matter what version cus it’s all the same…. That’s the best part of an iphone.

    • Attention given, now go find some business.

    • seriously

      What are you even doing on android forums when you think iPhone is better?

    • StrictlyGeeky

      You guys really need to stop feeding the trolls. Just ignore them.

    • Keith Wright

      I know, there’s security with Apple holding your hand and telling you what you can and cannot do. We have to be big boys and girls with Android and make our own decisions.

    • Andrew Sands

      Iphone is for very happy people. I am just like my kitkat bar. Enjoy your icons. I hear you get a extra row of icons with the iphone 5.

  • Keith

    Just updated my note 3 to kitkat 4.4.2

    • Karisma Cosme

      How do I update mines to kick at 4.42

      • Jose P Avelar

        Going to settings and the last tab there should be about device. Click check for updates. It’s out now. But not for everyone. They release it in batches.

    • hatimoa

      How? Was it wi t have tmobile??

  • moonlitemile

    Sorry 4.3! What should have said!

  • ben

    2 days ago I got the kit kat update for my note 3 on uscellular….

    • brian

      Did it fix the wifi issue?

      • Mamoon Bakeer

        Is there a common problem with WiFi on Note3 ? And which model (N9000, N9005…etc) ?

  • ruben colon

    Hahahahaha. …that’s what you get for cheaping out on a trashy ass galaxy s4!! Note 3 rules!!

  • Tom

    I already have Kitkat about 3weeks on my Note 3 by European T-Mobile. Can’t almost see any difference.

  • John Park

    when is kit Kat coming to T-Mobile’s GALAXY S4?

  • Jose P Avelar

    I just manually check updates on Note 3 and galaxy s4 and they were there. So the update is out and official. For s4 is like 350 my and note 3 close to 500mb.

  • Jose P Avelar

    There is a reason why T-Mobile was last to release the update. They have to adjust so the wifi calling works right. Plus they wait to see what other issues arise from other carriers that way when they release the update its not real buggy. Man people are loosing common sense these days and acting like 5 year old.

  • gordon brown

    Android 4.4.2 for the Galaxy Note 3 has been released,the issues that I am facing … Droping calls( dialing or receiving)……. also GPS takes forever to accurately show in map….
    Wifi – showing less signal… ( to be verified in few more days)
    battery is fine, but takes longer to charge.

    Anyone find a solution yet…..
    this is so anoying!!!