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Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Note 3 and S4 brings new features and interface changes (video)

Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Note 3 and S4 brings new features and interface changes (video)
The Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 started rolling out in test batches for the SM-N9005 version in Europe, or you can sideload a certain leaked firmware if you are so inclined, too.

In case you want to check out what's in store with the Android 4.4 KitKat update for your trusted phablet, take a peak at the video below, which walks you through the new features and alterations in the interface. The guy rightfully concludes that the new Magazine UX, as found on Samsung's PRO tablets of late, or whatever it equivalent will be for its phones, is not going to appear on your Note 3 with the KitKat update, as it is probably meant for the new crop of flagships from Samsung, like the Galaxy S5.

There are subtle UI changes, though, like the transparent status bar and white icons there, brought about by the stock KitKat. As for new features, some are also the ones that Android 4.4 brings, like the ability to chose your default launcher from Settings, including third party ones, or choose your default messaging app to be Hangouts, and so on.

If you fire up the music player now, you will get full screen album art on the lock screen, similar to the Nexus 5, and also the default keyboard stocks a bunch of emoji emoticons. Google's Project Svelte has brought on a number of improvements under the hood, too, that make the Note 3 with KitKat feel a lot faster than before, and that's perhaps one of the biggest changes you'll notice right away when the update hits your phablet.

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posted on 17 Jan 2014, 02:25

1. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Meanwhile on HTC One .....

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 03:41 3

8. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

Meanwhile on low-end and midrange phones...

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 03:44 1

9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Meanwhile on Nokia 3310...

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 04:04 1

10. EgyDroid (Posts: 111; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

Meanwhile in the dark ages....

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:57 1

11. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

meanwhile on graham bell :D

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 06:15

12. GoJin (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)

.meanwhile on the commode...

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 02:26

2. pokerc (Posts: 60; Member since: 24 May 2012)


posted on 17 Jan 2014, 09:55

19. adecvat (Posts: 321; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Awesome! It is still laggy.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 02:53 2

3. S3AllTheWay (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

its definitely speeded up my moto G in a big way - thanks google

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 03:16

5. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Have you enabled ART ? If no, you should. You'll notice even apps open faster after the update

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 08:44

17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

But takes up more user storage.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 09:07

18. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Yes. But by only 10-15% more and lets face this is an experimental feature for now but sooner or later Google is going to integrate them in the OS with future android version.

So you'll probably need to make space then. Better make space now then later.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 03:09 1

4. 21babydoll12 (unregistered)

I honestly hope they fix all the major software bugs. Seriously, i know theres a lot of people with laggy interface, constant reboots, bluetooth disconnection, usb 3.0 unable to charge and recognize, even the air gesture doesnt work accurately. Maybe im nick picking but ive been disappointed by the note 3. I miss my n7000:(

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 03:26 9

7. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

Laggy interface? Constant reboots?
I've honestly to God NEVER encountered any of that.
It only got frozen twice in 3 months, which I consider to be amazingly stable.
Which Note version you have?

The Wi-Fi connection occasionally shows some glitches, I give you that

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 12:41

21. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)

Well she is being nick picky. So maybe she is doing something different. Lol. I am quite nit picky with my phones as well and I actually love my Note 3 (which is a lot to say coming from someone who hates Touchwiz) I still wish I could run Vanilla Android on my Note with the added features of TouchWiz. (Multi-window and S-Pen features) I haven't had any issues with my Note which surprises me considering I had 3 S4's in a week which were all plagued with problems.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 15:56

22. 21babydoll12 (unregistered)

I originally purchased the n9000 with a horrible battery issue(OEM swelling) and glitchy UI. Returned the unit and opted for n9005 when I came back into the states. Probably a bad lot. n9005 had more reboots then I can remember. Pissed me off when I lost my internal data storage...my fault since I didn't back it up. Im disappointed with my N3. But happy with my G2. For now...eagerly waiting to see the N4 though

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 06:38 1

13. Carlitos (Posts: 557; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

I don't understand why people keep saying leggy interface. I got this phone on android 4.2.2, in September, and I never saw lag. However, occasionally very rare I would see that stutter, and I would somewhat understand when people complained. But ever since the android 4.3 update in November for my GS4 there has been absolutely no lag, or stutters. Same goes for my mom's and friends s4.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 07:29

14. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)

obvious shill post

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 08:23 3

15. AntiFanBoyz (unregistered)

I haven't had a single problem. My original Note was practically unusable before I upgraded. It was super slow; I couldn't even answer or place calls without a 20 second delay. I honestly hope my Note 3 stays as awesome as it has been for the last 3 months.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 03:22 5

6. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

It feels "a lot faster"?
I honestly can't imagine that since my Note 3 already works flawlessly and buttery smooth.
Since I bought it, it received 3 software updates and has only frozen up twice in 3 months of really heavy use

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 08:43

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I sent this to PA and NO mention of anything? Last time I tip anything.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 12:33

20. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


posted on 18 Jan 2014, 10:43

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 24911; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Apple and Samsung/android both bit off wp8, with the slide up from the lock screen camera icon. Looks nice too.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 06:39

24. omruddha (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

F### Samsung...always hate it!!

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:16

26. josh_dent910 (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

Why are you here then?

posted on 01 Feb 2014, 03:50

25. sunny.mitra (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Feb 2014)

Honestly speaking I love my Note 3. It's THE titan of it's kind. Overall it got faster and even snappier after the Kitkat update. But I noticed one problem while playing Asphalt-8:Airborne after the upgrade. It lags a load after playing for a couple of minutes. Though the problem wasn't there on the previous version i.e. Jelly Bean. It seriously freaks me like hell! And I also noticed some accidental call drops or screen freezes (though a very lil which might not be due to the update). By the way, I'm using the Exynos version. Anyone of you having the same problem ?

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 23:20

27. hellobib (Posts: 18; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)

Its just suck that moto g is getting update before note 3, Samsung sucks, T-Mobile is even sucker, so i am leaving tmobile n definitely won't chew on samsung no more.....

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 11:12

28. randompeople (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)

still has not addressed the issue with the lagging notifications on the gear since kitkat... that was the main reason i use this thing and now its delayed. guess samsung isnt concerned about the gear anymore...

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