Samsung has just started rolling out the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat stock build N900XXUDNC4 for the international variant of Galaxy Note 3 (SMN900), starting with Russia.
As the new stock firmware is expected to be rolled out in phases across other countries around the globe, it may not yet be available in some regions.
However, those who cannot wait for its official release or missed the OTA update notification can install the same manually via Samsung KIES or using our step-by-step guide given below.
Android 4.4.2 N900XXUDNC4 Firmware Details
Model name: GALAXY Note 3
Version: Android 4.4.2
Build date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:41:20 +0000
Product Code: SER
Note: As this is an unbranded firmware, it can be installed on any unlocked international variant of Galaxy Note 3 (SMN900), regardless of the country or region.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
1. Install necessary USB Drivers for Galaxy Note 3 (SMN900) on the computer.
2. USB Debugging Mode should be enabled on the phone by navigating to Settings >> Developer Options.
3. Back up your important data to avoid potential data loss during firmware installation.
4. Ensure the phone is factory unlocked (not locked to any specific carrier).
5. Verify Galaxy Note 3 has at least 80 percent battery charge.
6. The Android 4.4.2 N900XXUDNC4 firmware is compatible with Galaxy Note 3 (SMN900) only. Do not attempt installing it on incorrect variants as it may brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy Note 3 by navigating to Settings >> About Phone.
Note:Register via SamMobile to download and install the stock firmware for free.
Steps to Update Galaxy Note 3 with Android 4.4.2 N900XXUDNC4 KitKat Stock Firmware
Step 1: Extract Android 4.4.2 N900XXUDNC4 firmware zip file via WinRAR/7-Zip or WinZip to obtain a .tar.md5 file and some other optional files.
Step 2: Next, extract the Odin zip file to get Odin3 v3.09.exe along with a few other files.
Step 3: Power off the Galaxy Note 3 and boot the device into Download Mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Then keep tapping Power button to progress into Download Mode.
Step 5: Launch Odin on computer as an Administrator.
Step 6: Now connect Galaxy Note 3 to computer with USB cable in Download Mode. When Odin detects the device and a pop-up message reading "Added!" appears on screen, the ID: COM box will turn yellow with the COM port number.
Note: If the Added message fails to appear, then try re-installing USB drivers or changing the port on computer.
Step 7: In Odin, click on AP button and select the firmware file with .tar.md5 extension
Step 8: In Odin, select Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. But, uncheck the Re-partition option.
Step 9: After ensuring that Step 7 and Step 8 are done correctly, hit the Start button in Odin to begin installing the firmware.
Step 10: After the firmware is installed, a PASS message with a green background appears in the left-most box at the top of Odin. Galaxy Note 3 will then reboot to the Home screen. It is now safe to disconnect the USB cable and remove the phone from the computer.
Your Galaxy Note 3 is now running N900XXUDNC4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat stock firmware. Head over to Settings >> About Phone to verify that the firmware is installed on the device.
Troubleshooting: If the Galaxy Note 3 is stuck at boot animation after Step 10, then boot into recovery mode (press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together), and perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition task before choosing the Reboot System Now option.
Note: In recovery mode, use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the option. Performing data wipe task will erase your device's internal memory and not external SD card data.
[Source: Team Android]