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Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop news [updated: Lollipop lands on Russian Note 3]

Scott Adam Gordon

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. 

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Android 5.0 Lollipop approaches for the Galaxy Note 3. © ANDROIDPIT

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!

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The Note 3 is a beautiful phablet, whether its running Lollipop or not. / © ANDROIDPIT

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.

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  • prasad 4 months ago Link

    is there any possibilty to get 4.4.2 for galaxy note 2

    • Martin Neal Burgess 2 months ago Link

      I have it on my old note 2 i think. Fires it up a couple of weeks back and it did a system update.

  • Marcus Stribling 2 months ago Link

    When is the galaxy note 3 gets the 4.4.4 kit kat update.

  • parth 2 months ago Link

    i just ri8 nw got 5.0 on my nexus 5

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 2 months ago Link

    does 444 even have any serious differences, or is even needed, coz it would be faster just just to jump to L

  • Sean Gavin 1 month ago Link

    My Note 3 received 4.4.4 about a week ago from AT&T. I noticed some useless apps added but not really much else.

  • jeff coates 1 month ago Link

    Hi Galaxy Guys and Gals. When you get the update can you let me know what its like please. I think my Nexus is the black sheep of the family and nobody talks to me ! 😇

  • Mso Bal 1 month ago Link

    I am confident that this blog is right on point with information about the update since they are noting the correct "band number" for the update. Now where can I find specific information on accessing the items that have been updated such as my lock screen access is no longer under "device", it is now under "phone" and it had 5 screens, it now only has 2 and it appears that I can't even condense info that is on the 2 screens. I want to put the owner info on the same screen as the key pad or if I can't do that how do I change which lock screen should be the default screen? I would prefer that the owner info show up 1st, since I know which screen the key pad is on. Can anyone point me in the direction of how to access the changes that I should be able to access? Emoji enhancements, etc.?

  • XxFejxX 4 weeks ago Link

    If you like being able to copy files directly to your external SD card, don't upgrade to 4.4.4 I didn't find out until after I updated. Total horsecrap, makes putting music on my phone such a freakin' hassle now!

  • rasheed Keloth 2 weeks ago Link

    I cannot add my company email on android 5 note 3 !!!

  • rasheed Keloth 2 weeks ago Link

    I cannot add my company email on android 5 note 3 !!!

  • KarenA 4 days ago Link

    Since update to 4.4.4 on my Samsung Note 3 couple of days ago I cannot update my email. I tried deleting cache, changing sync settings, turning phone off& on. None of it helped. I use Verizon. Any ideas? Thanks