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Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Update is Now Rolling Out

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Yesterday we detailed an update that was set to roll out to Galaxy Note 3 owners on Verizon, and according to many of our readers, the update is now live. The update to JSS15J.N900VVRUBMJE brings a mass of bug fixes, as well as four new bloatware applications for you to either hide or completely disable if you so choose. Don’t worry, we won’t tell Big Red. 

On top of added on bloatware, various fixes for incoming call displays, handwriting data entry, and email sync issues have been included. Users should also see improvements in connectivity and sound quality as well.

The full changelog is below.

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Cheers everyone who sent this in!
  • BruinTax

    After this update, the sound notification for text messages does not work (vibration still works). Has this happened to anyone else? (Incoming calls still ring as before)

    • sbg413

      Not sure if anyone has told you how to fix this or if you figured it out yourself but same thing happened to me, If you have the phone unlocked, press the volume key up or down and then tap the settings wheel next to the volume display when it pops up. The “notification” volume was set to 0 on mine so I just tapped at the 100% side to turn it back up. Tested it by sending a message with my wife’s phone and it worked again.

  • Miss Carter

    I kept getting the 402 error after unrooting and going back to stock. I finally got it to work by using the Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant (the one that comes up when you connect the phone to PC). It took maybe 15 minutes, rebooted, and I was on MJE.

  • Dan

    Wish it was KitKat

  • ki11ak3nn

    I might download this. I don’t want to lose my hotshot, but faster data speeds sounds awesome. I still wish the speakerphone volume was louder, or maybe I’m just loosing my hearing. Idk.

  • Chippah

    Note 3
    Still no bootloader unlock or bypass.

    Thanks!, – But NO THANKS!

    • Mitchman

      Carry on now – go play with your G2.

      • Chippah

        playin with my G spot too!

        Cuz we are sick! Sick! Sick effin’ Puppies DDHHHHHDHDHDHDH!!! Fawk YEA!
        G2

    • Dan

      Note 3 is by far the best phone i’ve owned.

  • 213ninja

    i keep getting a 402. could this be because of the system files we had to replace when we installed the Kit Kat apps a few weeks back?

    • Jason Parr

      I don’t think so. I installed all of those apps and have the experience launcher running and everything went fine! Hope that helps narrow it down a bit.

      • 213ninja

        Okay thanks for responding. So you had dropped the supporting/new lib files into system as well? I had to add 6 new lib files to system to prevent errors with hangouts video chat, now voice search, some chrome error, and the photosphere camera feature…

        Otherwise, aside from root, i’m stock…but i am showing the unlock/custom logo on boot….but these didn’t prevent me from taking the last OTA…

        • Jason Parr

          I was not rooted when I updated my phone. That may be the issue.

          • 213ninja

            ok, thanks.

  • Greg N Katie Carter

    Anyone able to help me completely Unroot my note 3….im looking but I am lost.

    • 213ninja

      isn’t it a feature of SuperSu on the settings tab? then just flash the stock Odin if you need to go that far…

  • brad

    This update does fix the wifi tether loophole so if you don’t want to lose it . Don’t update

    • 213ninja

      that sucks. what are you using now for wifi tether?

  • udispyn

    was rooted, did the superuser fix, worked like a champ, got the update and kept root.

    • zenskorpion Tigger

      So you are positive that after doing this update, you kept root? Did you use a program like voodoo rootkeeper?

  • Sam

    stiiiiiill waiting on 4.3 for Note 2. thanks VZW

  • Blaine Johnson

    confused. I am rooted and not accepted a update but in settings in shows this exact version as what I have? I go to “check updates” and it’s finding a new update? I am rooted. Any advice here? I notice now when I hot menu it comes up Different . I’ve not accepted update but it shows I hav uupdate already and a update waiting? Could it have updated itself?

    • Jason Parr

      It won’t update without prompting you to do so. You may want to check your superuser permissions and see if you are actually rooted or if you just have the superuserapp in your tray. If that makes sense.

  • Tatsuo

    Unfortunately I have the ancient Note 2 running 4.1.2. bummer

  • John T. Wildman

    don’t see any more bloatware, except Verizon cloud? What were the other 3?

  • Devin

    Did the update… Now my phone will not wake up using the power or home button. HELP!!

    • Sporttster

      Just pull batt and try again

  • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

    Why did Samsung Mobile chose to place leather on the back of this device? Leather is very disrespectful to cows and cows are holy in my religion. Samsung, Please stop making leather backs and I will purchase your cell phone. Thanks. Sambit

    • JD

      Just a FYI, it’s not real leather. So feel free to enjoy the note 3.

      • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

        JD, thank you for this information. Samsung Mobile should send out a notice to people of Hindu religion to address this issue!

    • Chris Kaufman

      Um, yeah. Those backs are actually made of plastic, you should probably go look at a real one rather than relying on a picture.

    • Mike Hilal

      It’s thermoplastic that feels like leather.

  • Greg N Katie Carter

    It won’t let me update… Keeps giving error. .Any clue why?

    • 213ninja

      me too, let me know if you figure it out….

    • wmsco1

      I had to do a factory reset /then update came thru. I was stock and no root

  • Drew Kilkenny

    If you get the full version of Fox Fi the hotspot still works…. It costs 7.95 but its worth it

    • MisterGreen

      Good to know, thanks, I do have the paid version, time to install, shout out to FoxFi, keep up the good work.

    • Greg Abbate

      When I turn it on it wants to install some kind of VPN. You have to allow this for it to work?

    • Francis

      Didn’t work for me. I lost the ability to use hotspots with this update.

    • MisterGreen

      FoxFi works when you install the certificate and use a lock screen, nolockscreen bypass not working for me, unless I’m doing something wrong. I guess this will have to work for now, hopefully FoxFi or developers will come up with a solution for this lock screen problem, I really don’t like using the lock screen pin unlock.

      • michael arazan

        I use a free app on my gs3 called wifi hotspot by BranTek apps in the play store. You can use your phone as a wifi hotspot unlimited for free no catches. Your phone even shows how long you use it for like it was hooked up to verizon but without the vzw subscription. Been using it for months now.

      • Mike Hilal

        You have to enter the pattern wrong enough times to get the “forget pattern” button. Then enter your google PW. It should work perfectly after that. You MUST use the pattern though, codes or anything else wont work.

  • MisterGreen

    Crap, my Mobile Hotspot app is not working anymore, using Hotspot Toggle Widget and pressing the home button would bypass the entitlement check, and I could use the mobile hotspot free (unlimited data plan) without root. I need to check FoxFi to see if that still works, if not I’ll wait to see if there will be another work around. Don’t update if you need to use this, Verizon strikes again, curse you.

    • Francis

      I’m in the same boat let me know if you figure out something.

      • RobTheIcon

        Any idea why Foxfi forces you to use pattern or pin unlock? Also wouldn’t let me go back to swipe to unlock even tho I wasn’t using it anymore.

        • MisterGreen

          I believe you need to uninstall FoxFiFoxFi or the certificate to remove the certificate, then the grayed out “none” for screen lock option will be available. Choose “none” for the normal swipe unlock.

          • RobTheIcon

            Yep. Not worth it for me to give up swipe to unlock for mobile hotspot, which I rarely use.

        • Mike Hilal

          Use the pattern. enter it wrong enough times, then you’ll get an option to forget the pattern…then enter your google password. Then poof, swipe unlock is back and you can use FoxFi. Instructions are on the Play store page for the app.

          • RobTheIcon

            Thanks Mike, works like a charm now!

    • Skyvisions

      I just bought Fox FI and paid the 7.99 to get it so I can get my free data usage back without paying Verizon any more money since the locked out the other widgets apps to turn my note 3 into a hotspot. It launches ok but I can not see the network from my computer. Any thoughts? It bypassed the agree now clause from Verizon and puts the icon on the top.

  • GNMoose

    Im getting an error message once it boots into recovery mode, tried uninstalling reinstalling SU, didn’t work, not sure what to do short of unrooting?

    • Tim242

      You should NEVER accept an OTA while rooted!

      • GNMoose

        I did the first update a month or so back without any problem; I’m not terribly against unrooting and all that, just was hoping to figure out why the update won’t even go thru the full process in the current state.

        • Tim242

          You may just have to wait for the TAR.

          • GNMoose

            Ok, I’m confessing pure ignorance and stupidity, but what on earth is TAR? I have had pretty good success in rooting other phones ( s3, s4, etc) but when I got this note 3, all I wanted to do was root it for the purpose of getting rid of crapware; Haven’t really been following any development or other roms for this. Sorry for the silly question.

          • Tim242

            The TAR is the file that you flash in ODIN. There will be rooted and stock versions.

          • GNMoose

            Ah . OK. thank you. I do remember seeing that when I first rooted this. I checked my status, I still haven’t tripped any knox settings, still showing 0×0, etc. I seem to recall there was a simple way to ‘unroot’ as well using that delavega method, and I just came across a user video using Kingo root.. looked pretty darn simple, but don’t know if I tried unrooting using that or re-rooting if I would cause something really bad….

          • 213ninja

            i am in the same boat as you. i had rooted via de la vega prior to the 1st update a month ago or so and i was able to run that OTA and keep root using SuperSU survival mode, no issues. this time, i get a 402 every time i try to update. i was hoping it was because of the damn system libs i replaced to make the kit kat apps work. i’m going to revert those to stock and try again later.

    • Geek Man

      Looks like you’ve been Knox’ed!

  • Robert

    Verizon is acquiring Edge Cast Networks.http://bit.ly/1cnoupW

  • s2k_848

    Anyone getting the 402 error? I did the same update procedure that I did on the last update to keep root but now I’m getting the 402 error.

    • Duck

      No root and I’m getting this error

    • 213ninja

      me too…are you rooted?

      • s2k_848

        Yes, I am rooted. The last OTA update worked fine for me but not this time.

        • 213ninja

          did you install kit kat apps and system libs? my theory is that the kit kat libs may be messing it up, so i just reverted all of them back to stock from a backup. i’m going to retry the update as soon as i get home.

          ordinarily i wouldn’t care, but faster data may just be worth the hotspot getting patched…..

          • s2k_848

            I had all the Kit Kat apps and systems libs when I did the last OTA update and didn’t run into any issues. Let me know how it turns out for you.

    • s2k_848

      Had to ODIN MJ7 tar over my rooted stock MJ7 and was able to take the OTA with no more 402 error. Checked and Band 4 was enabled and running. Just ran a speed test and holy cow! Got 60Mbps download speed and I was previously getting around 5Mbps at my location. Loving this speed on my unlimited data!!!

  • http://petervideos.com/ Peter Mansour

    Are they updating from eclair to fro-yo? about time

  • Noah

    Keyboard is now a dark theme

  • Jake

    Did they add better support for apps to sd card? seems that way

  • Mitchman

    Why doesn’t this post mention Band 4 support? It’s probably the best addition this update brings.

  • dmagicp

    Scratched up camera lens. Blasphemy.

  • EvanTheGamer

    It’s an update…a much needed one, but it’s still no Android 4.4 Kit Kat. :(

    Where are you, Chocolatey goodness?

  • Jake

    They changed the color scheme of the keyboard. I dont like it lol

    • DC_Guy

      Yeah I just noticed that. I liked the old one too.

      • Jake

        Bastards

        • Adrynalyne

          I am not pleased, either.

      • Bionicman

        it looks pretty good to me. i liked the original color one also.

    • jack584

      Unless you really love writing with the S Pen, use the Google Keyboard. I’ve found it to be miles ahead of the Samsung one in my opinion.

      • Jake

        I’ve tried every keyboard around. This is the only one that seems to work with my fat fingers. A.I. Type is pretty good as well.

      • crazed_z06

        I go between keyboards. I like the Samsung Keyboard because of the dedicated number row. The Google keyboard is faster and has better prediction though. The Samsung keyboard is way too aggressive on auto-correct

  • flamemee@aol.com

    My speedtest down jumped from ~20 to 25mbps~ average in my location (3-4 bars) before the update to ~55-60mbps~ after the update. Could this me LTE-A with band13 and AWS aggregation enabled?

    • Mitchman

      There is no LTE-A in the US yet. You are simply on the less saturated Band 4.

      • flamemee@aol.com

        Isn’t T-Mobile using LTE-A Cat4 (20+20) in the Dallas area by combining their spectrum and the acquired spectrum from MetroPCS?

        http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/t-mobile-turns-20×20-mhz-lte-service-dallas/2013-12-09

        • Mitchman

          After reading that article, I am not so sure. I thought this was a stepping stone to LTE-A. If T-Mobile truly had the LTE-A network rolling out, I feel like there would be more media all over it. Nice find.

      • Skyvisions

        I just bought Fox FI and paid the 7.99 to get it so I can get my free data usage back without paying Verizon any more money since the locked out the other widgets apps to turn my note 3 into a hotspot. It launches ok but I can not see the network from my computer. Any thoughts? It bypassed the agree now clause from Verizon and puts the icon on the top.

        • Mitchman

          Unfortunately I had to give up my unlimited data when I got my mother an iPhone, long story. I never tried any of the tethering apps.

    • jack584

      Neither LTE Advanced or carrier aggregation are currently used by any carrier in the United States. Not sure about other countries.

      The update must have enabled Band 4 AWS LTE, which is good news because the network just got a massive capacity boost. Verizon’s LTE network will now be restored to it’s former glory, and it will stay that way. At least we can shut up all the Verizon LTE speed haters with this new network.

      LTE Advanced with carrier aggregation will come withing the next few years, giving Verizon the ability to create a massive 30 MHz wide network in areas where Verizon holds 20 MHz of AWS spectrum, this would be done by aggregating the nationwide 700 MHz Band 13 network, which is 10 MHz nationwide, with the AWS spectrum.

      By the time Verizon is using carrier aggregation, they will most likely also be deploying LTE on their PCS 1900 MHz spectrum. This would be done by refarming the spectrum currently used by 3G EV-DO network. That would mean Verizon would have an even more massive 35-40 MHz LTE network depending on the area.

      No other carrier will be able to touch Verizon capacity wise in the near future. No other carrier currently has the spectrum needed to build such a huge network.

      Verizon haters will continue to hate while on their inferior networks.

      CDMA will also soon become an irrelevant argument, because VoLTE will soon be released, unchaining phones from the locked down CDMA network.

      • Adrynalyne

        By soon, do you mean in 10+ years?

        • rthvk

          It’s a lot faster than you think. My sources already have phones operating on a Verizon VoLTE network, and they’re preparing for starting to refarm the PCS spectrum sometime in 2015.

          • Adrynalyne

            Volte isn’t 10 Years away but shutting off cdma is.

            We will be closer wwhen most feature phones support Volte. They don’t even support lte yet so…

          • rthvk

            i never said “shutting off cdma”

            I said they’d begin refarming the PCS spectrum. They’re probably currently thinking about carrier aggregation in the not-too-distant future — to make this as successful as possible, EVDO PCS spectrum has to be refarmed.

            Correct me if I’m wrong.

          • Adrynalyne

            The only way cdma can become irrelevant is for it to shut down.

            You said it would be irrelevant soon.

            Not in under 10 years.

          • jack584

            It will be irrelevant once phones come out that only have LTE, without a CDMA radio for fallback because those phones won’t even touch the old CDMA network. They won’t even know it’s there.

            The reason the Nexus 5 would work on Verizon if Verizon allowed it to be activated on their network. All the hardware is there. The Nexus 5 has a CDMA radio capable of connecting to Verizon. As we speak, there is a Nexus 5 activated on Sprint that is roaming on Verizon. Sprint and Verizon both use the same CDMA bands, which allows for roaming between carriers. But Verizon does not allow Sprint branded phones to be activated on their network because they have an iron fist over their CDMA network.

            The Nexus 5 would work on Verizon if it did not include the CDMA radio. The same way that the Nexus 7 LTE works on Verizon. Yes, there is the issue that it does not support Band 13, but it does support Band 4, which Verizon is curently using to deploy a huge amount of extra capacity to it’s LTE network. So, assuming you had a Nexus 5 that did not have a CDMA radio and you were in an area that Verizon has deployed Band 4, your Nexus 5 would work on Verizon, data only.

            Now comes VoLTE. Calls will soon be able to go over LTE. That means phones that have no CDMA radio for fallback will come as well. These phones, assuming they support Verizon’s LTE bands, will work 100% on Verizon, voice, text, and data included. Now if you leave an LTE area the phone will have no service at all, because it does not include the CDMA radio.

            Because the phone will not have a CDMA radio, it will not be able to be subjected to Verizon’s iron fist over the CDMA network. A phone/device that does not have an CDMA radio cannot be subjected to Verizon’s iron fist, because the CDMA network is what gives them that ability. That’s why Verizon can’t keep the LTE version of the Nexus 7 off their network. It simply does not have a CDMA radio, meaing Verizon can’t do anything about it. All they can do is refuse to activate a new SIM card for the device. But that does not prevent the Nexus 7 LTE from working on the Verizon network, an already active SIM can be inserted into the Nexus 7 and it will work, as long as the device that the SIM was originially activated on was approved by Verizon.

            So wait for VoLTE to be switched on, take your Verizon phone with an already active SIM, put it in your new phone that has no CDMA radio, supports VoLTE, and supports Verizon’s LTE bands, and you will have a fully working phone just like your old one. This can happen while the legacy CDMA network is still active, that’s how it becomes irrelevant.

            This is where Verizon becomes just like any other GSM carrier, by the ability to use any device compatible with the network without the CDMA radio.

            Hope anyone’s that has taken the time to read this has learned something about the new flexibility they will have on Verizon once VoLTE and pure LTE phones are released.

          • Adrynalyne

            Actually, no. The Nexus 5 does not have band 13 for LTE on Verizon. So for it to work, it would require CDMA, and LTE would be out of the question.

          • jack584

            Verizon also uses band 4 for LTE in addition to band 13. The Nexus 5 does support band 4. That means if it did not have a CDMA radio, and you were in an area that has band 4 enabled, your Nexus 5 would connect just like the Nexus 7 LTE can.

            And IF the Nexus 5 supported VoLTE, AND Verizon has turned on VoLTE, AND you were in an area with band 4 deployed, AND if the Nexus 5 did not have a CDMA radio, your Nexus 5 would work just like any “certified” phone on Verizon.

            Now consider unlocked LTE only phones. Phones that have no CDMA radio. Assuming those phones support Verizon’s LTE bands, VoLTE, and Verizon has turned on VoLTE, that phone will work just like any other Verizon phone.

            I guess I did not make it clear enough in my original comment.

          • ziphron

            I was following the conversation all along so far, very interesting. I was thinking the same thing when you mentioned VoLTE, because I knew right now, voice traffic is done with the CDMA hardware and not the 3G/4G. So I was thinking that VoLTE could be equated to VoIP. Previously, I didn’t know there were plans to make LTE carry data traffic. I’m about finished with my IT degree (LAN/WAN routing and switching) and will have my Cisco cert soon so this interests me! Lol

          • jack584

            Congratz on your degree! You’re right about VoLTE being VoIP, because LTE is an all IP based network. Phone calls over VoLTE won’t go though the old circuit switched systems like calls over CDMA do.

          • jack584

            You’re absolutely right, Verizon will start tearing down their junk EV-DO network in 2015, and using the spectrum for LTE. They will also be able to aggregate the refarmed PCS spectrum with their other frequency bands, 700 MHz and AWS with carrier aggregation.

        • jack584

          CDMA will still be around until 2021, but pure LTE only phones will be out long before then. Phones with VoLTE, but still include a CDMA radio for fallback will be out next year.

          EV-DO will most likely be shut down before 2021, so it’s spectrum can be used for more LTE capacity. My guess would be 2018 for the end of EV-DO. So by then a phone on Verizon without LTE will be limited to 1X only come the time that EV-DO gets shut down.

          1X will be shut down later then EV-DO because of all the phones released before EV-DO came out. Also to support the Machine to Machine (M2M) business and all GM cars that have OnStar, which connects to the Verizon network

  • jim

    used this baby all day yesterday and played with it last night, didn’t plug it in over night, so it was on over 24 hours and still had 60 % battery left,,, love this baby

  • G8orDroid

    It doesn’t break root, at least not for me. You do have to enable Survival Mode and disable superuser in SuperSu though.

  • DC_Guy

    Downloaded and installed the update. I’m excited about the AWS support. Still no ISIS support for the Note 3…what’s up with that VZW. I was willing to give it a try until we get Kit Kat and can use Google Wallet. Oh well…

  • Adrynalyne

    Update finished. OMG, I have 4.3!

  • jim

    ive had no problems with this update,

    • Adrynalyne

      Your updated bloat works fine? Good to know.

      • jim

        with the memory this baby has, I don’t worry about bloat at all

  • Blue Sun

    After viewing the changelog, I can honestly say I don’t miss Verizon or their “apps”.

  • Blue Sun

    “The (preloaded) bloatware is strong with this one.”

  • Bill Stebbins

    Mobile hotspot reliability improved = “We fixed the free tethering loophole for unlimited users”

    • Adrynalyne

      My loophole is at an account level so… :p

      • Greg Abbate

        What do you mean it’s at an account level and not a phone level?

        • Adrynalyne

          I have unlimited data, and pass the subscription check, without ever paying for a hotspot feature. It isn’t even listed on my account.

          • crazed_z06

            Same here. Did you have the thunderbolt originally? I remember when the TB was first released, it came with an unlimited hotspot promo.

            Ive had hotspot through at least 7 different devices. I dont think VZ ever turned it off lol.

          • Adrynalyne

            Yep. Although they turned it off after the promo for me. I recall being sad when I tried to use it one day and it needed a subscription.

            Somehow it was toggled back on though.

          • Bigwavedave25

            Wow, the Thunderbolt had a silver lining after all… Nice :D

      • Greg Abbate

        I also have unlimited. Did you do something to enable this magical thing to happen or just got lucky?

        • Adrynalyne

          Luck. I even had a manager friend look into my account. He has no idea how it happened, when it happened, or how to undo it. It shows nothing to indicate I have it. No provisioning, no feature listing.

          I’ve had it for 3 phones now: Gnex, Note 2, and Note 3.

      • Greg Abbate

        Wow. I am quite jealous

    • IDLE0095

      LOL

      • Brandon Victrum

        Mine isn’t working anymore! This sucks!

    • jim

      how do you know its fixed

      • Bill Stebbins

        Others have already gotten this update and installed it

        • jim

          I know, I installed it 3 hours ago, how can you tell the loophole is fixed or even if there was one ?

          • Adrynalyne

            Mine still works!

            Of course, it was never at a device level so… :p

          • Bill Stebbins

            On older versions, when you turned on the Verizon wireless hotspot, it would pop up a message about needing a subscription. You could hit the home button and continue tethering. That was “fixed” in this version so that trick no longer works

    • David

      So 100% it doesn’t work after this update? You tried for yourself?

    • LSULaw2009

      Luckily I have unlimited tethering still on my account from my thunderbolt days. Get a phone allowance from work for having work email on my phone and it covers my unlimited data and unlimited tethering plans after employee discount.

  • PhillipCun

    Look at all that added value with these new Vzw apps. AMAZING!

  • Adrynalyne

    Downloading.

    (PS, I don’t root anymore so don’t ask me if it breaks root, :p)

    • IDLE0095

      You don’t root are you crazy?? LOL

      • Adrynalyne

        I sate my appetite for tweaking and modding by writing applications these days ;)

      • jim

        I haven’t rooted yet either, might not for a while

  • IDLE0095

    Another UPDATE