Attention all Galaxy Note 3 owners! The Android 5.0 Lollipop train approaches. Though we've already witnessed the Galaxy Note 3's newly improved TouchWiz interface courtesy of a preview video, some lucky Note 3 owners can now get their hands on the update themselves. Find out the latest on the Galaxy Note 3 update below.
Update: Sam Mobile has done it again, this time bringing the news that the Note 3 is being upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop in Russia. The update, for model SM-N900, can now be downloaded OTA, leaving owners of the Galaxy Note 4 in the dust. Lollipop on the Note 3 does bring several features from the Note 4, however, including its standout "multi-window" feature.
What does this mean for those of us who aren't a part of the Russian Federation? Firstly it means that the update has been finalized and will be making its way West very soon. Secondly, because this is the official firmware, you will be able to upgrade to Android 5.0 yourself manually if you so wish.
We'll provide you with an update tutorial as soon as we can. In the meantime, head below for all of the previous Note 3 news, and to check out the awesome Note 3 Lollipop video!
Previous coverage: Thanks to the folks at the XDA Developers forum, a pre-release version of Android 5.0 Lollipop has been made available for the Galaxy Note 3. It's a pretty full-featured build and even includes some S-Pen functionality from the Galaxy Note 4. It's available for download now, and you can read the original story here.
Verizon recently began rolling out an Android update to the Galaxy Note 3, but it wasn't Android 5.0 Lollipop. What it is though, and still worth just as much rejoice in my opinion, is Android 4.4.4. The last update the device received was in May 2014 to Android 4.4.2. Though it’s a small jump, what it brings provides a lot to get excited about. Also, the update is under the software version N900VVRUCNC4, which appears to be a human error since this was the version of the last update. The new version number should be N900VVRUDNJ6.
So what are you getting? The Note 4 will receive improvements to Verizon Support & Protection and Caller Name ID. Softcard, previously known as Isis Wallet, has also received an update. The latest versions of some apps have come preloaded, like Knox 2.0, FindMyMobile, SideSync, Virtual Tour Camera mode, and Kids mode. Other issues which have been solved are some 4G connectivity problems, voice call performance hiccups, Bluetooth audio snags when using Wi-Fi, and SMS and VPN bugs.
For anyone with an unrooted phone, you can go ahead and check in the settings of your phone under ‘’About Phone’’ and tap to see if the update has already been made available to you. You may have some issues if your device is rooted or modified, so be aware of this.
Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update
The friendly folk over at Sam Mobile have continued their previewing of leaked internal Lollipop builds on various Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S5 running Android 5.0 and a Galaxy S4 with Lollipop. The build demoed on the Note 3 looks to be pretty similar to that previously shown on the Galaxy S4, with some minor changes to Settings and the addition of Multi-Window from the Note 4. It's nice to see the latest TouchWiz UI make an appearance on a year-old phone too.
Have you got Lollipop on your Note 3 yet? Are you excited to get it? Let us know in the comments below.