The wait is finally over. Owners of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can now upgrade their device to the latest version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Samsung started the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update in January with many regions, including the United States, receiving the update by mid-February. U.S. Cellular and Sprint were some of the first carriers to deliver the update and were shortly followed by AT&T and T-Mobile.
Verizon on the other hand is notorious for being the last to deliver software updates, has lived up to its reputation by delivering its update after leaving Note 3 owners in the dark for almost four months. But on Monday, Verizon finally pulled the lever on its Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade – with a catch. The update was not available over the air, which meant you needed Samsung Kies or the Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant on a desktop PC in order to get the install it. All that changed yesterday when Verizon started rolling out the official OTA update.
It is interesting to note that neither Verizon nor Samsung have posted an official change log for the update. We would expect the update to mimic the Galaxy S4 update that was released several weeks ago. Since it’s still early in the process, we expect to see the change log show up at some point on Verizon’s support page.
Users should note that the Android 4.4 KitKat update has a microSD card issue that is plaguing many devices right now. There have been some workarounds posted online, but they are very tedious. It is recommended you read more about this issue before installing the update. If you are one the eager beavers who installed the leaked Verizon Galaxy Note 3 4.4 KitKat update, you should also avoid the official rollout at this time.
As is usually the case, it may be a few days before your device prompts you to upgrade. To pull the update manually: navigate to Settings > About Device > Software Update > Check for updates. Alternatively, you can plug your device into a computer with Samsung Kies or the Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant installed and get the update from there.