A week after releasing the official Android KitKat update to Galaxy Note 3 in a couple of regions in Europe, Samsung has rolled out the new software to Asian countries including India.
Samsung community blog SamMobile has confirmed that Galaxy Note 3 users in India, South Korea and Switzerland have begun receiving the new KitKat OS. It is about 380 MB in size and is available through OTA (Over-The-Air) and Samsung Kies (for manual downloading via PC).
To check for OTA update on your phone go to:
Settings >> More >> About Device >> Software Update >> update
A Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) owner in India, Lalith Bhaskar, has posted a screen shot of software details revealing the build number (KOT49H.N900XXUDNA6). [To view the snapshots, click here].
The new update, as reported earlier, will bring in performance enhancements, white background for notification bar, default setting for messaging, Emoji icons, improved keypad layout and a new Quickoffice word document app. Users can access the shortcuts for camera and music album on the lock screen.
Brief description of key features of Android v4.4 KitKat OS update:
Improved Caller-ID: If a caller receives a call from unknown number, the phone will look for matches on the net with local listings via Google Maps.
Priority Contacts: The new OS empowers the phone to automatically prioritise the contact list for easy access, based on the contact numbers in use.
Immersive display: To enhance the entertainment factor, the new OS comes with the immersive mode, where the status bar and navigation buttons disappear into the back ground while one plays music, games or read e-books. Users can just swipe the edge of the screen to bring back the utility buttons.
Enhanced Message grouping: Google has brought in some improvements to the new Hangouts app. Users can find all their text SMSs and MMSs, audio and video call details at one place. He/She can also share location and send animated GIFs.
Emoji Characters: Initially, users had to install third party apps to use colorful characters in their SMS. With the KitKat update, the keypad comes pre-loaded with native Japanese Emoji emotion icons.
NFC and Wireless Printing: Google's new OS comes with a new Quickoffice app wherein users can create and store word documents in cloud storage as well as print files wirelessly on NFC-enabled HP printers.
Multi-tasking: With an efficient memory management, users can multi-task by opening several applications.
Performance: With low system requirements, the new KitKat OS is expected to bring in performance enhancements and also boost battery life.
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