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Kit Kat Update for AT&T Galaxy Note 3 Approved and Available Today

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AT&T announced this morning that its variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is finally receiving an update to Kit Kat (Android 4.4).

The update introduces an “improved user interface” with a restyled notification area, option to choose a default messaging app, cloud printing, Immersive mode, color Emoji support, and stronger security. Outside of the goodies from the Android portion of Kit Kat, Samsung has also made camera access easier from the lock screen, improved GPS performance, added new sound controls, and more. 

What’s New

  • Improved user interface: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as re-styled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen-immersive mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security and smarter power use.
  • Default messaging app:  Choose a default messaging app when multiple messaging services are installed.
  • Improved GPS performance
  • Enhanced music access: Full screen album art and media controls are available from the lock screen when listening to music.
  • Camera access: The camera can also be accessed directly from the lock screen.
  • Location menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS and share location details.
  • Wireless printing: Integrated support for wireless printing available in enhanced settings.
  • New sound controls: Set sound for specific Samsung applications in enhanced settings.

To pull the update, head into Settings>More>About device>Software update>Check for updates.

Via:  AT&T
  • trippex

    Still having issues with GPS after update to 4.4.2

  • Unaiza Mustafa

    I did not get the update for my note 3

  • blossom

    If everyone gets the update at one time and you have an issue with the phone your going to waiting along time for customer service to get you a replacement because the stock is depleted so they stagger the release of updates so just cool your jets you’ll get the dang update smh

  • yoni

    It ays you have already installed the latest update
    in my galaxy s4 lte-a

  • was a samsung fan

    Just updated and now my camera does not work. What rubbish!

  • rutgersjaffo

    Yeah, you know what would be nice? If they would fix whatever the hell their last update did to the Note 2, turning it into a battery-destroying piece of garbage which never correctly grabs onto the SYNC in my car anymore without me having to do it manually. F-ing Verizon. Way to ruin the best phone I ever owned.

  • Peter Griffin

    My note 3 with the GPS on now locks up my phone as before there was nothing wrong with it. I need to take out the battery every time. Doesn’t happen when the GPS is off. Thank you AT&T. I wish I didn’t update.

    • Derrick Amundsen

      That sucks, have you found many others reporting the same thing?

      • Peter Griffin

        No I haven’t. It only occurs when the GPS is on, basically when you pull down the notification panel and turn it on. Things really bog down and eventually the device won’t awake from sleep or the touch screen stops working. I would assume it is from the kit kat update as this didn’t occur before yesterday. Probably from the GPS trying to locate. Location services are not effecting the device and seem to be working fine.

      • Peter Griffin

        Actually after draining the battery and doing a soft reset, it seems the problem is gone although my battery drains more than it did with the GPS on. I just leave it off as I don’t use it for driving.

  • April Underwood

    If I am not mistaken…doesnt this title say AT&T not Verizon….take your Verizon comments to another webpage people!!!

  • RaptorOO7

    Picked up my new AT&T Note 3 last night and of course the the update I got was the small 4.3 update of 38MB and not its making me way 24 hours to check again. So I will get it this weekend if I am lucky.

  • Samantha Cordt

    I work for Verizon and I hear the complaints all day. Being a Verizon customer myself, I too am annoyed. I called Customer service to find out anything… sadly they don’t know anything. Not surprising. I’ve seen ship jumping go up due to plan changes and things like that. With other companies “paying” your ETF, You have to trade in a phone of value.

  • chris125

    With most services in the play store, only tech nerds care about fast updates. 4.3-4.4 wasn’t a huge change so people crying over not having it does your phone not work? Otherwise look at the other versions and how many issues they have since the update. Its not IOS where you need the latest to get all of the services.

  • Ronald

    Didn’t get it on my Note 3 in Pittsburgh yet. I can’t understand why.

  • ryanwv24

    I assume like with the S4 this breaks root?

    • Intellectua1

      I’m wondering the same

  • Mark Schleupner

    I’m on Verizon…. yes I’m frustrated that every other carrier has Kit Kat for the Note 3, but to be honest, I’m not having any issues with the phone that would make me crave the update. It works perfectly well for me. I’ll just be patient and be the among the last of the people to get the Kit Kat goodness…..

    • flosserelli

      As a Verizon customer, you should be used to that anyway.

    • Adrynalyne

      With Verizon expect:

      -The best network.
      -The slowest updates.
      -Locked down devices.
      -Highest prices.

      These are all pretty much a given.

      • flosserelli

        And VZW having “the best network” depends on your location.

        • Adrynalyne

          True.

      • 213ninja

        true dat

  • RaptorOO7

    I am jumping ship, jumping to AT&T, so long Verizon.

  • Derrick Amundsen

    Not touching this with a 50 foot pole. We all know what happens when new updates are released, bug central. Look at Sprint’s and T-mobile Note 3 threads and you’ll see tons of people “regretting their update” – there are are even ENTIRE articles dedicated to helping people “fix” what kitkat breaks on the Note 3. You really think good ole’ AT&T did this right?

    If there is ever a time NOT to be an early this is it. But for those that do upgrade, god speed, god speed.

    • Paul Hansen

      Except for ATT customers with Note 3′s this is supposed to fix thier GPS issues which many will overlook other problems to get functional GPS back.

      • Derrick Amundsen

        True, but “supposed” is the key word here :)

    • Hawkye

      T-Mo update fixed my Wifi Calling issues. I have been loving the update. I will be updating my wife’s ATT Note3 as soon as I get home.

      • Derrick Amundsen

        Good to hear that the t-mobile update was smooth! Let us know how the ATT goes please!!!

    • zepfloyd

      I’m inclined to agree. Verizon Note 3 here and everything runs pretty well, battery life is fine…been in no hurry for 4.4. Considering there’s no ART, no Tap to Pay, more locked down SD cards requiring work arounds….why do I want it again?

      • Adrynalyne

        Samsung removed ART? Those bastards!

      • Derrick Amundsen

        Glad I’m not alone. Totally forgot about the SD card thing, so weak, thanks for reminding me. Bets on how many people start complaining about the update and all of it’s “glory”?

  • rawr

    Hey Kellex, go to SK and buy a S5, they are selling them 3 weeks early because of some government ruling against them.

    Review and comparisons plz.

    • The Narrator

      waste of money, wait for a review unit

  • hfoster52

    So does this update have the same Battery drain issue as other 4.4.2 devices?

    • http://tommydaniel.com Tommy Thompson

      The battery drain was related to the Nexus 5 and the camera app.

      • The Narrator

        It happened to the Moto X too

        • AbbyZFresh

          Definitely. I noticed my X is losing power much faster now on 4.4.2 than it was on 4.2.2.

      • hfoster52

        Cool. thanks.

      • T4rd

        Pretty sure I read that it may affect all 4.4.2 devices, because it affected the Nexus 5 and Moto X. Google dun goof’t pretty hard on that revision.

      • Nikuliai

        the battery drain is a kitkat issue with QUALCOMM processors, so it’s basically all of em (except asus, and let’s face it, nobody buys their intel phones)

  • EvanTheGamer

    And yet there is absolutely no sign of Kit Kat life in the Galaxy Note 3 galaxy.

    Come on, Verizon, get with it and bring us that chocolatey Kit Kat!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    The times feel so different…updates come so fast now. But now that I’m back to Nexus (for now) I don’t even think about it. Less stress

    • Intellectua1

      Yep I was just thinking about the times when you wanted to upgrade Android versions you had buy a new phone..

      • hfoster52

        And we had to walk up hill both ways…. :)

  • Justin

    Is it build NC2?

  • hfoster52

    Well played Verizon… Well Played….

    • Adrynalyne

      They don’t make any money on providing software updates to customers, so approval is very, very low priority.

      • hfoster52

        Well they kinda do by all the Bloat they add. So each update I am sure with the bloat they get more money.

        • Adrynalyne

          Most of that bloat is included on the phone when they buy it though. Many updates will bring updates to it, but so does the play store.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Honestly… I really just think verzions’ testing process for updates is very thorough…. And a bit flawed in that it’s not built for speed, it’s built to make sure nothing is broken. Strange thing is other carriers gets it out much fastterr so something is wrong with the Verizon process

        • Adrynalyne

          I’ve seen some major bugs come through on Verizon but not others, so for something so thorough (I once believed that too), they sure do suck at it.

          • Intellectua1

            Blackberry Storm

          • 213ninja

            whoa talk about TBT!!!

          • Intellectua1

            That was a beautiful phone but had the buggiest software known to man. I literally went through 10 replacements (no exaggeration) then Verizon gave me a free update to the BB Tour.

          • 213ninja

            i went thru a similar situation. the OG Droid saved my life.

          • hkklife

            Amen. Just off the top of my head, I have admit that (now at least) their “testing” process is nothing more than an excuse to drag their feet. I suffered through how many generations of buggy updates for the Droid X, then the X2, then the Bionic. The process repeated itself with the GS3. Of course, much of that is due to the major software issues Moto had in the Jha era and Samsung still has with TW. Occasionally, VZW surprises us like with their speedy Moto X KitKat rollout as well as making minor tweaks to dated devices (to remove expired bloatware, for example)

          • Ajmobileguru

            Moto X was mostly stock so they didnt have to Test so many things “Thoroughly”. Thats my take on it.

        • lesprince

          Verizon can push updates fast if it benefits them, look at the last update for the Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2 to 4.3 to allow compatibility with the Galaxy Gear so they could push the Galaxy Gear. Bottom line is they only update for their benefit so I’m sure we won’t see KitKat for the Note 3 of S4 until sometime after the S5 release so it don’t impact it’s sale.

      • JBForum

        Actually… they do.. If you lose even a handful of costumers over slow updates, they could have paid for the process with a lifetime of loyalty.

        • flosserelli

          Verizon couldn’t care less about customer loyalty.

          • Guest

            I mean i guess they could just release it and then when your phones messed up becasue verizon never had a chance to tweak it at least you can say you have kit kat!!! : )

          • RaptorOO7

            Like that makes a difference. IF Verizon left the code alone, didn’t remove features, hamper the OEM’s and didn’t add bloatware the OS Updates would move along just fine. Apple has been doing it just fine for years and yet all other OS’s and OEM’s are forced to play this game in the US anyways.

        • Adrynalyne

          Most of their customers do not know about updates, nor monitor Android versions. So no, they really do not. The cost to test > customer loss.

          • AbbyZFresh

            Plus most of the updates are being increasingly moved to the play store. The average person won’t know a difference between 4.3 and 4.4. at first glance. Especially if Samsung made little changes to the UI.

        • hfoster52

          Nah they get new suckers I mean customers all the time. I am sure a few people leaving due to updates is alot less than the testing process costs. Even if they outsource it.

        • The Narrator

          Lol, yeah people are gonna pay $350 in ETF because of updates.

          get real, buddy

          • but thanks though

            You aren’t keeping the phone that has 350 in ETFs, you are probably selling it… for probably more than 350…

            get smart, kid.

          • The Narrator

            Not sure what that means, but okay

          • but thanks though

            Because you are the site clown.

          • The Narrator

            Selling phone =/ ETF

            Not sure what your point is.

          • hfoster52

            The point he is making you can sell the phone out right not going through gazelle or where ever to sell it and make your money back for the ETF.

          • The Narrator

            Like i said above to the other poster, you’re paying taxes, first month, activation, plenty of fees. Say they got a Note 3, that’s $300+ tax, 5 months later, $300 ETF, on top of the taxes and $30 activation they paid. I Don’t see a profit. Especially since android phones hold no value after so long. At least, nothing like Apple.

          • lesprince

            On Swappa a Note 3 sells between $400 – $600, depending on the condition, so you could easily recover your cost and pocket some money towards a new phone if you used an upgrade to buy the phone. That’s the way I keep up with the latest and greatest phones to keep my unlimited data, buy at full retail and sell my previous phone which I take real good care of to allow me to get the maximum price off of Swappa, so I end up paying less than the upgrade price in most cases.

          • K

            Must be one of the typical disqus users hiding behind a guest username. Guess they can’t man up and post from their regular accouunt.

          • hfoster52

            Well in his defense you can go to tmobile and they will pay for it.

          • The Narrator

            Yes, after, but not if you go to AT&T

          • DJyoSNOW

            Its not the worst comment

          • The Narrator

            Factor in activation, first month, ETF, taxes, who knows

          • Intellectua1

            I paid the $700 etf (had 2 lines) to drop Verizon because they didn’t get the Note 1. And now that I’m saying this I think I got ripped off because I had that Droid X for awhile waiting on a good upgrade and they still charged me $350 whereas with AT&T your etf goes down monthly.

          • Derrick Amundsen

            Didn’t this get changed? I coulda swore Verizon lost a lawsuit about not pro-rating their ETF like the other carries. I think it starts after 1 year with the contract.

          • Intellectua1

            Idk but I will look into it doubt I can do anything about it now though. And this was when the Note 1 first came out so I don’t know what was going on then but I surely paid the $700

          • Derrick Amundsen

            Ow ow ow, I think my wallet just cringed in my pocket when I read that.

          • steve

            No they do have variable etfs just like other carriers. Starts out at 350 and goes down by 10 bucks for every month you complete service.

          • RaptorOO7

            I did. I got tired of Verizon’s lack of update support, horrible speeds and poor customer service. I paid my ETF and left.

          • Sam

            same here. just called told them why, ported my number and gladly paid my ETF and got out of there.

        • K

          Unless something is broken, the regular consumer doesn’t really mind what software version they’re on as long as it works as they need it to. The only ones that care about being on the latest version of android are the power users, which makes up very little of Verizon’s consumer base.

          • michael arazan

            They notice it when their phone lags badly

  • Captain America

    YES YES YES!!!!

  • BoozeRob

    FINALLY