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Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update approaches [​Updated: Verizon Note 3 gets Android 4.4.4 KitKat]

Scott Adam Gordon

Attention all Galaxy Note 3 owners! The Android 5.0 Lollipop train approaches. A new video shows just how smooth and excellent Lollipop looks on everyone's favorite phablet. Well, maybe not now the Galaxy Note 4 is out, but we bet there's a lot more anxious Note 3 owners out there right now eying the Lollipop horizon. Never fear, your time draws near. Update: Verizon has now started updating the Galaxy Note 3 to Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which brings a wide range of improvements and bug fixes. Read on below to find out the whole extent of what to expect.

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

Update: Verizon is now rolling out an Android update to the Galaxy Note 3, and no it’s not 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.

There's no word on when the Lollipop update will arrive for the Galaxy Note 3 just yet, but at this stage of the game there's really only two devices in front of it for the priority treatment: the S5 and the Note 4. So if the Galaxy S5 and Note 4 are scheduled for December updates and the S4 for a February/March release, it seems logical that the Note 3 might get the update in January/February 2015.

When do you think Lollipop will appear on your Note 3?

Sprint Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.4 update

Sprint hasn't forgotten about all you Galaxy Note 3 owners. The US carrier has already been delivering the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to its users. Find out what's in store here. 

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Find out when your device will get the latest Galaxy Note 3 update. / © ANDROIDPIT

Aside from the boring security patches and bug fixes which come as standard, this update brings international calling over Wi-Fi, KNOX version 2.0, and a Kids Mode feature first seen on the Galaxy S5. There is still no sign of the patch on T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon, where the Note 3 remains on Android 4.4.2, but we'll update you as soon as we hear more.

Sprint began the rollout on September 5th, which by now should mean most users have it. Keep checking the software update section in Settings, under the About Phone subcategory to see when your handset will be ready for the patch. 

Are you eagerly awaiting Android 4.4.4 for your Note 3? Do you notice if it brings any improvements?

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  • prasad 3 months ago Link

    is there any possibilty to get 4.4.2 for galaxy note 2

    • Martin Neal Burgess 3 weeks 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 1 month ago Link

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

  • parth 1 month ago Link

    i just ri8 nw got 5.0 on my nexus 5

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 1 month 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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.?