Update brings some Samsung Galaxy S5 features to the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Another update borrowed from the Galaxy S5 is Kids Mode. With a special Kids Store, free and paid apps can be downloaded. To prevent Junior from buying $500 of games in five minutes, parents can set up a PIN number that can be used to verify purchases. There is plenty here to keep your average pre-teen entertained for hours.
T-Mobile's web site has no changelist for the update, but if you do receive notification that it has arrived on your phone, your best bet is to download it while connected to a Wi-Fi network. And make sure that your batteries are at least 50% charged.
Screenshots showing the new update for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Thanks for the tip, Marco!
1. andynaija (Posts: 485; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
How exactly does Download Booster work? Does it split the download in half then downloads half on Wi-Fi and the other half over the mobile network, all at the same time? Or is it a different process?
3. magnanimus (Posts: 303; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
It most likely just combines the download speed of both wifi and cellular network and downloads that way. Just like the concept of using two different cellular towers to make the signal on your phone stronger.
14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Log off and go outside. Fail of a troll comment.
38. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
Lol. yes it brings more lag too company like sony, htc and nokia who's devices lag and hiccup when they see the success of SAMSUNG Lol and the failures nokia htc sony have Lol. now go to h*ll Lol, no one cares about you. Lol. Lol
12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5490; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
First sentence in screenshot #1 explains it.
"Download large files (over 30 MB) faster by using Wi-Fi and LTE networks at the same time."
29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4099; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
It's like MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), it uses 2 (or more) antennas to bring in data rather than 1. But instead of using 2 of the same network, it uses 2 different networks, in this case, WiFi and 4G.
2. sriuslywtf (Posts: 275; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
Sigh.. Touchwiz overall is good.. But the bloatwares Sammy wants us to use and live with makes it bad.
Sammy should atleast gave us the right to remove those apps because not all people appreciate them...
4. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
You can turn them off or root and uninstall them.
With download booster I am getting over 100+ mbps on my note 3 when using my home WiFi + LTE. Awesome update for people with unlimited LTE.
25. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
I am paying $80 a month to T-Mobile + $30 for the phone.
11. sriuslywtf (Posts: 275; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
I know.. but turning them off wont vouch for that ROM space it consumes and rooting is not for everyone. Some people prefer their phone unrooted.
17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I get over 100mbps off my WiFi speed alone lol.
26. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
I have 150mbps from cox but my phone won't get close to that unless I am right next to the router (Netgear Nighthawk R7000)
5. magnanimus (Posts: 303; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
What will be a great implementation is if Samsung channels its excess spendings *cough* advertising and multi device production *cough* and refines the software with that cash to make it super smooth, market the fact that the S lag is gone and makes the extra features an optional download when setting up the phone. Right there folks is a device that will take down the iPhone even if its made of plastic.
7. rallyguy (Posts: 572; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
I haven't heard any complaints of lag on the S5.
8. magnanimus (Posts: 303; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
The problem isn't the fact that buyers of the S5 didn't experience any lag, its the previous Galaxy buyers who have been left with really bad experience on Samsung phones they bought in the past (S2-S4 lagged like hell after about a year of use).
And compared to vanilla android (even moto E, I'll share the video later) the S5 still has some places to be polished. They need to invest on working on the lag and market it and not just on Flagship devices (the aces and the minis need some love too).
19. Cicero (Posts: 428; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
I own an S4 and never I experience lag. To be honest only on opening the Settings/Application and Gallery it takes some 1/2 to max 1 second to open. But you have to think it is scanning for internal and external memory for photos and videos and have to check apps status. I can live extremely well with this. I really enjoy S4 and I still not think I have to trade this for the new commers.
28. magnanimus (Posts: 303; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Even if your S4 doesn't lag, other samsung devices do. I have the galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition and I'll like to tell you I'm thoroughly disappointed for whats meant to be a flagship tablet. Their are other Samsung devices like this and I'll say it again, comparing S4 and S5 to vanilla android and iOS its still not smooth enough. And whats the point of releasing other phones if everything but the flagships lag.
If they put money towards fixing the S lag on all devices (not just flagships) that will increase consumer trust in Samsung.
40. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
what the h*ll? I owned a GS2 and a GS3, in my family there have been the whole S line and Note line Tabs and Notes 10.1. what lag? and please don't link me to a youtube video made by an uzbekistaani c0nehead. yas samsang baaad yas buy Sany and ASHTC. go to h*ll. other devices fail, SAMSUNG sells in HUNDRED OF MILLIONS, so your despicable comment you and the other 25 f@rty people here, doesn't matter, and no one gives a sh*t about you.
42. magnanimus (Posts: 303; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
OH. MY. GOD. I'm not hating on Samsung, I own 2 of their devices (Galaxy Note 10.1 and an S4). I do not have anything against Samsung. I also used to own an S2. And for both phones I had to flash cyanogenmod into them because I want the snappiness of a Nexus. They dont lag substantially, but they're not as fast as a nexus or iOS.
18. skatrdie0 (Posts: 36; Member since: 09 May 2014)
I own the gs5 and it lags all the time and has froze twice since I had it and I'm not a power user. So here's complaint number 1.
23. joey_sfb (Posts: 3072; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
May want bring yours back to their service center check for damage ram and flash memory.
41. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
Chinese copy? or just take it to a service center.
39. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
lmao. what a l0ser. it's taking iPhone and others down. what lag? I own a GS5, and it's a FANTASTIC device. stop talking about iFeaturePhone, it reminds me of a 2008 NOKIA. it's small, featureless and can't do anything other than add apps open a featureless camera and install facebook.
6. gigaraga (Posts: 1357; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
About time! Are the other features of the GS5 such as UP Saving mode, real time HDR, and selective focus, not to mention the new user interface coming to the GN3?? :D
15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)
UPSM is exclusive to the S5. Others are up in the air, though I doubt they'll make it to the Note 3.
13. joe1blue (Posts: 115; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)
This is why I love T-Mobile I guarantee you won't see an update close to this one on any of the other national carriers because they all, "Verizon, AT&T, Sprint". All disabled the download Booster features from the S5 which brings me back to why I would hate to see Sprint buy T-Mobile the new combined company wouldn't shake up the market all they would do is mimic what the other big 2 are doing.
16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Still have my Note 3. Downloading the update once the battery is at 50%. :)
20. deeson22 (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
The reason you won't find the update on AT&T, is because we don't need it AT&T has faster speeds LTE that is than T-Mobile in the first place, my Note III is getting 80-90 SPEEDS as it is right now, and that's fast enough for me anyway, oh and of course you know the overall signal from AT&T is quite a bit stronger than T-Mobile in the first place...
21. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
This might be the case in your area, but overall, you are wrong.
24. joe1blue (Posts: 115; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)
@ g2a5b0e , that also just shows How the other companies are joke! they don't care about their customers, At&t supposably has a much larger Network and lol they will never again offer an unlimited data plan & people are being fooled into thinking its a good thing not to use the network they are subscribed to lol. Brain washed.
27. wilsong17 (Posts: 1051; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
i been using it is not bad at all my cousin who is 3 love kids mode is good for her ima try and put the app on her nexus tablet
i also must say i been getting better battery life
30. skymitch89 (Posts: 1094; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
It'd be nice to get download booster on the Sprint Note 3. It'd also be nice for Sprint to send out an update to fix the issue with setting up WiFi calling.
31. davenycept (Posts: 175; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
Updated my tmobile N3 and yes those new features are there..the one big thing that happened though is that the battery time went from 12-16 hrs of normal use to BARELY getting 7 hours of normal use... does anyone know why this happened? .. doing a factory reset to see if that fixes it..anyone else with this issue?
32. joe1blue (Posts: 115; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)
I'm not sure but I actually got better battery life with this update.
33. simpleas (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)
Gotta love these paid htc shill trolls failing lol.
34. hellobib (Posts: 14; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)
Any of u guys has the update already? I keep checking but it's not coming up
37. wilsong17 (Posts: 1051; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
TRY THIS IF YOU ARE SUFFERING DATA LOST OR GPS ONLY 4.4.2 OR YOU UPDATE THE PHONE AND YOUR LTE IS DROPPING
1) Open Phone, go to the dialer.
2) Enter *#197328640# to enter the service mode. You will land at "DEBUG SCREEN"
3) Hit the menu key, select "Key Input" and in the Input Value box, enter Q (capital letter) and hit OK
4) Hit the menu key again, select "Key Input", and in the Input value box, enter 0000 (four zeros) and hit OK
5) Wait about 5-10 seconds, your service menu should change to "MAIN MENU":
 PROTOCOL STATE
 UE SETTINGS & INFO
 DEBUG SCREEN(OPEN)
DONT MESS AROUND, but if you want to reset your modem and GPS (restore the factory NV values for the modem, which COULD help data dropouts, bad GPS fix, etc.), do the following:
1) Enter the MAIN MENU as described above
2) Select option 2 "UE SETTINGS & INFO"
3) Select option 1 "SETTING"
4) Select option 2 "SYSTEM"
5) Select option 3 "NV REBUILD"
6) Select option 3 "ALL"
7) It will tell you to reboot. Do it. Reboot will take slightly longer, but it will completely reset the modem, GPS, and IMS settings
43. netplayground (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Jun 2014)
The update you're referencing is the one that T-mobile sent out when it switched on the VoLTE services in the Seattle area. If you live around Puget Sound you would get the update automatically. Everyone else has to do it manually to get the update (which includes the kids mode and download booster items as well.)
I live in Atlanta and had no problem downloading and installing the update and can confirm that it includes the kids mode and download booster.
Here are the details from the update notice on the T-mobile site:
"Beginning May 22, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will have a software update that turns on VoLTE services via OTA in the Seattle WA market only.
For devices not in the Seattle market, the update will be available via Kies and LG Mobile Support Tool. Though the update turns on the VoLTE capabilities of the device, VoLTE services are only available in the Seattle WA market at this time. More markets will be opening up later in the year."
44. tlsmithsr (Posts: 79; Member since: 28 Sep 2010)
I got the update last friday.. anyone having issues with wifi-calling?
45. netplayground (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Jun 2014)
T-Mobile's VoLTE markets now total three: Seattle, Chicago and Houston.
Seattle was first to get voLTE service (and thus, the update that includes voLTE, kids mode and download booster.) It would seem likely that users in Chicago and Houston will find the update available for easy install ... instead of having to jump through hoops.
Dallas and New York City are also reported to be showing signs that voLTE service is in the process of being rolled out ... or is very close to launch.