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

After already arriving on all other major U.S. carriers, KitKat has finally arrived to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Verizon's network. The catch? You'll currently need a PC to grab the update.
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?