If you are the owner of a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 large-screen smartphone having subscribed to AT&T's wireless carrier service, then there is good news for you.
Samsung has officially announced the rollout of Google's Android 4.4.4 KitKat, to its Galaxy Note 3 (bearing model number SM-N900A) users connected to AT&T's wireless network across the United States of America.
The above announcement should bring smiles on the faces of Galaxy Note 3 users fretting about AT&T not rolling out the official Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS upgrade to their devices.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 originally ran the now legacy Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, out of the box, which was then upgraded to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The latest update will be available to your AT&T devices via the over-the-air (OTA) mechanism.
What's new in Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS update?
Android KitKat for the high-end Samsung Galaxy Note 3 adds new applications:
- Kids Mode
- Side Sync 3.0
- Safety Assistance – Send Help Message
- Camera enhancement – Virtual tour
- Knox 2.0
However, the biggest addition to Samsung Galaxy Note 3, with the incorporation of Android 4.4.4 is the support for Samsung Knox 2.0.
Then, there are the regular bug fixes and stability/performance enhancements.
Even though the latest Android KitKat update does not promise extraordinary new features, the update does signify that Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS upgrade is around the corner, and you can expect your devices to get it comparatively faster (than earlier versions).
How to manually install Android 4.4.4 on AT&T carrier driven Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphones:
Before installing the OS update, the battery within your Galaxy S3 smartphones should be fully charged. Do not remove the battery during the update process.
You will receive an alert and be prompted to download the update, or have the option to initiate the update manually. When prompted, you can postpone the update up to 3 times, and 4 hours per occurrence. After the update has been postponed for the maximum allowable time, your device will automatically download and install the update.
- To initiate the update manually, connect to a Wi-Fi network.
- From the Home screen, tap on Menu > Settings > More > About device > Software update > Check for updates.
- Tap OK.
- Your device will automatically start downloading the software update. Once complete, select Continue and the device will restart.
- Please wait until your phone reboots completely, and then select Done to finish.
How to verify update build?
- From the Home screen, tap Menu > Settings > More > About device.
- The following information will be displayed:
- Android version: 4.4.4
- Baseband version: N900AUCUDNJ5
- Kernel Version: 3.4.0-3032228
- Build number: KTU84P.N900AUCUDNJ5
AT&T's latest update comes on the heels of the carrier's Android 4.4.4 update for its Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones, and Sprint's Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to the Samsung Galaxy S5 in the US.