The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 originally came out of the box with the Jelly Bean Android operating system. Samsung offered software updates up to Android 5.0 Lollipop for the standard Galaxy Note 3, however Galaxy Note 3 NEO did receive a later iteration with Android 5.1.1, after which Samsung stopped offering system upgrades to all Note 3 devices. Luckily, it is still possible for you to get more recent versions like Android Marshmallow or Android Nougat on your Galaxy Note 3, though we must point out that these are through unofficial channels and therefore you choice to use them is at your own risk.
|Android version||Android Jelly Bean||Android KitKat||Android 5.0 Lollipop||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop||Android Marshmallow||Android Nougat|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 3||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 3 NEO||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
Android 7.0 Nougat on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung stopped offering system upgrades after Android Lollipop but if you want to get Android Nougat on your Galaxy Note 3, there is a way! You can flash a custom ROM on your device - though this will void your warranty, so make sure this is definitely the route you want to take before diving in. XDA developers and Root Update offer some helpful tutorials on how to do this.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android Marshmallow update is not available but as for the Android Nougat update, you can still get Marshmallow on your Galaxy Note 3 using a custom ROM. Have a look at Team Android or Neurogadget's tutorials for some help with this.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update
The only Samsung Galaxy Note 3 model to officially get this update is the Galaxy Note 3 NEO. The standard model's official support stopped at Android 5.0. However, you can still upgrade to 5.1.1 using a custom ROM. Have a look at Team Android's guide on how to do this.
The last Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 update
AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint all offered the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 update to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The update to Lollipop brought brought battery improvements, smart-lock functionality, lock-screen notifications, plus the new Material Design look and feel, making it the biggest update to hit the Note 3.
To check if you have it, go to the About phone page in your Settings menu and tap Software update to see if you can download the latest version.
What Android version are you running on your Galaxy Note 3 yet? If you have Lollipop, are you thinking about getting Marshmallow or Nougat? We'd love to read about your thoughts in the comments below.