Heads up, Note 3 owners — Samsung’s not taking their sweet time in getting you stepped up to Android 4.4 KitKat. The company has started rolling the big upgrade out to owners of the handset in Poland, which means others with international, unbranded and unlocked versions of the handset in other regions shouldn’t be too far behind.
Earlier leaks had us believing Samsung might be looking to bring us a new user interface with the launch of KitKat, though it doesn’t appear that is the case just yet. We do still get a lengthy list of changes and improvements, however. Here’s a short list of what to expect:
- Music album art shows on the lock-screen while music is playing
- A camera shortcut is now displayed on the lock-screen
- New emojis support
- Select between the stock messaging app or Hangouts for SMS and MMS
- Select between TouchWiz or other launchers through settings
- Wireless printing
- Updated Google apps
- Updated Galaxy Gear Manager brings improved connectivity and better email options
All of that comes alongside everything else Android 4.4 KitKat brings, such as experimental use of the new Android Runtime, and the likely the built-in transparency framework in place of Samsung’s own custom solution.
The version number being sent out to users in Poland is N9005XXUENA6, so be sure to check for it if you haven’t already. As for everyone else, you’ll want to be patient and hit up Samsung’s support in your region of choice to see if they’ll be willing to give you an ETA for your specific rollout. Those on carrier-branded versions will obviously have to wait until the upgrade is approved, which could take a bit of time due to testing and custom applications.
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