Note 3 Android 4.4 update finally arrives to Verizon, requires Kies or Upgrade Assistant

May 12, 2014

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    Although Verizon occasionally one-ups its fellow U.S. carriers by pushing an update out swiftly, more times than not, Big Red leaves its customers in the dark much longer than its competition. This has certainly been the case with the Note 3, as all other other major carriers saw a KitKat update months ago now. Thankfully, Verizon is finally catching up with an update of their own, and it’s certainly better late than never.

    The only catch is that the OTA isn’t available quite yet, and so the only way to grab the update is to hook up your phone to your PC and use either Samsung Kies or Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant. If you already have either of these applications installed, the process is as simple as plugging your phone in and following the prompts. The update reportedly takes roughly 30 minutes or so. For those without computer access, you’ll likely be waiting at least a few more days before the OTA rollout begins.

    So what’s actually new here? While we don’t have an official change-log just yet, all other Note 3 updates have contained very few new carrier or manufacturer-specific changes, other than perhaps a few minor bug fixes. That means only noticeable change will be the addition of KitKat and all the new features that come with it.

    How about it, where you able to successfully grab the update through Verizon’s software or via Kies? If so, did everything go smoothly?

     

    Comments

    • DavidGLamb

      The update reportedly takes roughly 30 minutes or so. For those without computer access, you’ll likely be waiting at least a few more days before the OTA rollout begins. http://sn.im/28wjrxn

    • Havoc70

      Grabbed the update and installed no issues to speak of

    • john

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    • Alix8821

      Had KK for weeks… love being rooted

      • Brandon Power

        had KK for months, love Nexus devices.

        • Azeem

          Had KK before even the other Nexus devices’ updates came out. Love Custom ROMs.

          • Simon Belmont

            Had KK before Android was invented. Love candy.

            Mmm. Chocolate (also, you didn’t have KK before the Nexus 5).

        • Luke

          I love Nexus devices too, except for their bad battery life and cameras.

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    • Simon Belmont

      Just gonna tell my sister to wait for the OTA. Doubt she feels like dealing with Kies.

      I know it’s probably not that difficult, but an OTA will ultimately be easier. And that’s that.

    • DJ React

      Not seeing the update available for either Kies or VZW on my end. Weird

    • Giovonni Fareed

      Got it! running great, much smoother BUT I lost root, is there anyway to get it back without wiping?

    • mav774

      update is not downloading at this time, nor is the software recognizing any updates available. I tried kies and verizon software update.

      • http://jeffbrockmeier.com/ Jeff Brockmeier

        Same here.

      • Trapp

        Same with me 2…. ugh how some get it n some don’t

      • Danielle Lynn Flake

        Same here tried Kies, and verizon software update, -.- so annoyed

      • Jessie Higgins-Tisdale III

        The new kitkat 4.4 OTA came out today if u go to Settings- general- about phone – software update its there…. thank me later lol

    • Greenriger

      Everything is working fine for me except visual voicemail. Keep getting told I have to subscribe when I already subscribe to the premium visual voicemail.

      • Cochise

        I had the same issue. I had a voicemail icon that wouldn’t go away either. What I did was had someone call and leave a voicemail once they did and I got a notification saying call *86 I long pissed on the notification in the notification menu trapped on app info and force stopped it. For some reason, after I did that,I was able to fix the visual voicemail

        • Greenriger

          Thanks so much. That worked. That’s odd!! Saw several post on other blogs where people are having same issue. I will pass this on!! Thanks Cochise!! That’s fun to say!!

    • Cochise

      Kies kept freezing at 25% went through Verizon update got it the froze while transferring to my phone. After 2 hours it finally worked. Visual voicemail is screwed though. Verizon has no idea what the issue is.

      • Cochise

        Fixed the voicemail issue and its working great

    • Bobby Bryla

      Tried both ways in U.S. — NOTHING. Verizon, what is WRONG with you. I’m getting quite annoyed. Of course, I was about to switch to Sprint and now that’s not going to happen. Data cap my arse.

    • Chasmo

      It seems it is still down. I wish VZ would update us.

      • PoisonApple31

        OTA is live.

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