Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Guide: Updating Galaxy Note 3 Device for AT&T Users

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By Precious Silva | January 30, 2014 2:46 PM EST

Samsung has the habit of remaining quite when it comes to Android roll outs. Despite the attention over Android’s 4.4 KitKat update and succeeding upgrade, Android 4.4.2, the company has only just begun releasing the software to its users. Some regions already received the update, but there are still parts in the United States and other regions of the world without the update. When will the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update reach remaining users?

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A Google Android figurine sits on the welcome desk as employee Tracy McNeilly smiles at the new Google office in Toronto, November 13, 2012.

As different regions have started receiving the Galaxy Note 3 update, it shows that Samsung is also intent on making sure the Android update reaches its end users. Some regions may have to wait for the announcement from carriers.

Users in the United States may have to wait for a while until carriers have tested out the upgrade completely. Standards in the country are rigorous. Upgrades have to go through an approval process before carriers roll it out to their users. The good news is that AT&T subscribers will be getting their update soon.

Third party developers and designers have leaked the Android 4.4.2 KitKat build for AT&T Galaxy Note 3 and AT&T Galaxy S4 devices. The builds provided are still in their experimental stage. Users have to flash their devices with bootloaders to use the upgrade, so users have to be ready to lose their boatloaders exploits.

Providers of the update advise users to be extra careful in testing experimental firmware. Providers of the leaked update cannot be held responsible for what happens to the devices following upgrade. Users can update at their own risk before the official release.

For those who wish to update immediately, they can download the files and flash them. It is best for users to be careful when flashing devices. The Samsung Galaxy S4 appears to crash against some test firmware. The device may be inoperable unless the official firmware has been used.

As the firmware has been leaked already, this means the testing phase is almost done. The update should start rolling out soon. Some sources predicted Samsung will continue rolling out in February up to March. According to previous reports, the company promised it will finish the release of the updates in the first quarter of 2014.

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A Google Android figurine sits on the welcome desk as employee Tracy McNeilly smiles at the new Google office in Toronto, November 13, 2012.
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