Samsung Galaxy Note 3 getting updated with Galaxy S5 features: Download Booster and KNOX 2

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is starting to receive an update, granting it some of the features previously reserved only for the flagship Galaxy S5.

This new update is already rolling out in select markets like the UK (as always, it’s a gradual roll-out, so you might need to wait a few weeks until it arrives to your region), and it’s available for the Snapdragon 800-powered Note 3 version.

What are the new features that it brings? The first one is KNOX 2.0, Samsung’s secure enterprise mobile platform, allowing companies to better handle bring-your-own-device (BYOD) situations. KNOX is basically a platform that strengthens your phone’s security on all levels - from all the way down in the kernel to the apps. With a secure device, companies can save money purchasing separate work phones (and tablets) for employees, and instead allow them to use their personal phone, but securely, without leaking sensitive company data.

The other new feature making its way onto the Galaxy Note 3 is Download Booster, which allows users to download files quicker by combining the power of their cellular (4G LTE in the Note 3) connectivity with their Wi-Fi connection. This maximum speed will be of particular value for large files that you need to download in a rush.

The new Galaxy Note 3 firmware comes in at around 185MB and is being pushed over the air.

source: GSM Arena

Related phones

Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

Google won’t let Samsung bring TouchWiz to Android Wear haahahaha :))) bulls**t touchwiz :D finally google understood truth :D source :

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

People, let's take a moment and recognize the troll for a failed attempt at a cheap bash.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Especially since Google won't allow any skins on Android Car, Wear & TV. Nothing to do with touchwiz, no manufacturer is allowed to skin.

16. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Another failed attempt to troll as many other hipnotika's attempts but he is trying hard. :D

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

What does this have to do with the note 3?

10. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Touchwiz is feature-packed, that's something we should appreciate. Different OEMs have different way in which they interprete and adapt the Android Os for their phones. Android wear and auto on the other hand is to give the consumers a much more uniformed experience across the devices. It's to bring ease to the people using it since that's what people need in a car or a smartwatch. So it's definitely not because it's touchwiz

17. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

thats beauty of samsung that they are quick to update their phones

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

T-Mobile Note 3 has this and works flawlessly.

4. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Yea i have the T-Mobile note 3 and it works flawlessly too, my nephew Has the S5 on sprint he's on a family plan with his dad and sprint doesn't have it included along with all of the other 3 so im sure the other companies will not include this feature. That's what makes them bad companies in my opinion they try to limit their customers on how they can use the device.

11. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Hey! Does the download booster really help with the faster download speed? Thinking of getting a N4 when it comes out and downloads are pretty important to me!

15. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1859; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Yes it does I used it to download asphalt 8 on my note 3 and it was done in no time. Usually that game takes forever to download.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It uses both the WiFi and LTE signal and combines them together to download a file over 30MB faster. Since I have 100+Mbps (WiFi) and 40+Mbps (LTE), guess how fast I download games and stream YouTube videos? Less than a second. :)

5. xpr3ss10n

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

This has been out for weeks on tmobile. This is a refresh of an article on PA already.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

No because noe the update is being pushed to European models. Reading is key.

7. bparkerson unregistered

Will this come to the Verizon Note 3 as well? I was hoping for the new enhanced ui too!

14. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

No it will not be coming to Verizon because they removed the same features from the S5

9. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I have had this on my tmobile note 3 for almost a month.

12. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Its all good having a boster downloader, but the problem is, most website have download limitations.

13. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Ps. What I wanna know is when or can we have the S5's power saving mode. That is an amazing peace of kit right there

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Won't. It's exclusive to the S5.

21. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

and still no new tw ui for last years flaghsip.

22. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

i really find it humiliating for sammy costumers that they are not even getting new look touchwiz for a flagship that was just released before s5 by only six months !!! really disappointed ..... my note 10.1 2012 is still stuck on 4.1 the daim thing has 2 gigs of ram quad core processor !! all i can say that is why i have so much respect for apple they even updated the ipohone 4 with new look of ios even if it didnt get all features of ios7 . all im saying sammy should at least update their last year flagships with latest look and features of beatutiful touchwiz +1 for apple for respecting their consumers ;)

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Google XDA and there you go.

24. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

From reading people's comments, it seems like Samsung really needs to stop making soo many devices & soo many variants of each device. They've got soo many that they've probably forgotten that it's still out there.

25. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The note 3 just keeps getting better and better. For nearly a year old phone, it can stand it's own against the "latest" flagships released in the first half of this year. Now with updates like these, I think I can skip the note 4 and wait for the note 5 instead. If there was a hall of fame poll conducted for smartphones, I will place the note 3 in 1st place. There I said it. Now bracing myself to be ripped up by iPhone fans :)

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