AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3 now receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat


Ellen Samsung Galaxy Note 3 selfie

We know, some of you were probably wondering if it was ever coming. But good things come to those who wait, and for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 owners on AT&T, today is your lucky day. Announced earlier this afternoon, AT&T has officially announced that Android 4.4.2 KitKat is finally ready, and will be rolling out in an over the air update to Galaxy Note 3s starting today.

Besides all the fun stuff that comes along with the latest version (at least for now) of Android, Galaxy Note 3 owners can also look forward to the following:

  • 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.

If your phablet hasn’t prompted you for the update, you can always manually check for the update by going into the Settings app > selecting the “More” tab > then tapping About device > Software update > Check for updates > at which point the over-the-air update will being downloading. Once finished, expect your phone to reboot and once fully loaded, bask in the glory of all things KitKat. Heck, even take a selfie to celebrate. Enjoy!

For additional update instructions, visit the Note 3 support page here.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Finally … geez.

    1. You think that was a long wait?? Verizon

      1. Yeah I guess I don’t need to complain lol.

  2. Had to manually check for it, but it is downloading now :)

  3. Anyone know how to display album art on the Note 3? I have a 200×200 image title “Folder” in each music folder, but it is not loading on my music player.

  4. I hope that everybody knows about the writing on external sdcard bug in the case of using third party apps! Good Luck with the Kitkat Update. I live in Germany and got Kitkat for my Note 3 in January…

    1. Thank G-d for the 32 GB memory.

    2. It’s not a bug.

  5. How do you use this “full screen emersive mode?”

    1. The app has to support it and trigger it.

  6. Don’t forget the bloat they’ve thrown in there as well I don’t want beats audio

    1. Beats audio?are u high?

  7. I updated for one reason only — ART. Samsung has disabled this feature. This aggravates me to no end that you pay a fortune for a piece of hardware and either the OEM or the carrier think they still own it.

    1. Repeat after me… ART IS EXPERIMENTAL. Quite a few apps crash when it’s enabled. I’m running CM11 on my Note3, and even I’ve gone back to Dalvik, because after a month of ART I got tired of the random app (and many games) not working with ART.

      If you want to live on the bleeding edge, don’t blame Samsung for keeping you super-stable. Come over to CyanogenMod nightlies for semi-stable fun. Everything works ‘cept NFC and MHL.

      edit: oh yeah, and CM unbreaks the external SDCard too. Yay for that.

    2. Why do you need ART? Are you a developer?

  8. Don’t download the update as it will kill your battery by half! I used to get 10 hours of screen on time and about two days use fine, on my T-Mobile Note 3. Now I’m lucky to get 5 hours screen on and make it through a day on a charge! It blows and it’s a known bug with Snapdragon 800 devices. There were many other bugs too.

    1. Not true. I am using my note 3 everyday since i updated to KITKAT. Nothing is wrong. Maybe you are abusing your phone. Like using it when charging or overcharging. That shortens the battery life :)

  9. WTF Verizon…

  10. That’s what I was waiting for so long as I already get
    the updated version on my Nexus 5 and now updating on my Galaxy Note 3 as I running
    out of juice so put it on my wireless charger so that battery drainage does not
    affect the update to get complete.

  11. i’m using note 3. really need help due to i cannot live streaming for online tv’s. message given “device not support”
    what should i do. help me.

  12. Come on ATT, bring me the KitKat update for my S3.

  13. Remind me again why I really need / want this update?? Don’t be surprised when your SD card stops working!!

  14. My note 3 took the update and my class 10 ultra 32 gig SanDisk card works just fine. :) like the new features in kitkat. :)

  15. battery life sucks now and my scree won’t auto rotate anymore

  16. My Note 3 hasn’t had any issues since I downloaded it yesterday.. my phones actually at 87% now at 2:30pm since I unplugged it at 100% at 7am this morning lol and it’s faster and this is with heavy usage… so you guys just have sucky phones apparently.

  17. Sucks for everyone who is having issues mine downloaded and works flawlessly

  18. Anyone know how to ROOT the new update? I’m not updating until I know I can root the phone with kit kat? Ideally, without tripping the knox sensor.

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