Samsung is rolling out the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat update with build number N900XXUDNB2, for the international (3G) variant of Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900), starting with Russia.
As the new N900XXUDNB2 firmware build is being rolled out in phases, it may take some time before it is available in your country via Over-The-Air (OTA) update or Samsung KIES.
However, you can manually check for latest firmware update through the phone settings: Go to Settings > General > About > Software Update and tap Check for Updates.
Consequently, those who missed the OTA update notification and those who cannot wait for its official release in their country can download and install the same manually, using this guide.
Android 4.4.2 N900XXUDNB2 KitKat Firmware Details
Model name: Galaxy Note 3
Version: Android 4.4.2
Build date: Wednesday, 12 February 2014 08:54:19 +0000
Product Code: SER
Android 4.4.2 KitKat brings a host of new features over Android 4.3 Jelly Bean including Camera shortcut on lockscreen, White icons in status bar, Performance improvements, Transparent status bar, Improved keyboard layout in landscape orientation, choose between the stock messaging app or Hangouts for SMS and MMS, choose between TouchWiz or other launchers through settings, Wireless printing, Updated Google apps and many more.
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 (SM-N900) 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 (3G) has at least 80 percent battery charge.
6. The Android 4.4.2 N900XXUDNB2 firmware is compatible with Galaxy Note 3 3G (SM-N900) model 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.
- Android 4.4.2 XXUDNB2 KitKat Firmware (Russia)
- Android 4.4.2 XXUDNB2 KitKat Firmware (Kazakhstan)
- Android 4.4.2 XXUDNB2 KitKat Firmware (Ukraine)
- Odin 3.09
Steps to Update Galaxy Note 3 N900 with Android 4.4.2 XXUDNB2 KitKat Official Firmware
Step 1: Extract Android 4.4.2 N900XXUDNB2 firmware zip file via WinRAR, 7-Zip or WinZip to obtain a .tar.md5 file and some other optional files.
Step 2: Next Odin zip file should be extracted to get Odin3 v3.09.exe along with few other files.
Step 3: Turn 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 light blue 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 (firmware filename: N900XXDLJ5_N900ODDDLI7_INU.tar.md5)
Step 8: Now choose Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes in Odin. Leave the Re-Partition option unchecked.
Step 9: After ensuring that Step 7 and Step 8 are done correctly, hit the Startbutton in Odin to begin installing the firmware.
Step 10: After the firmware is installed, a PASS message with 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 computer.
Galaxy Note 3 (3G) SM-N900 is now running N900XXUDNB2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware. Head over to Settings >> About Phone to verify the firmware installed on the device.