Update brings some Samsung Galaxy S5 features to the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Update brings some Samsung Galaxy S5 features to the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3
One of our loyal readers owns the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. He was generous enough to send us screenshots, showing us that his trusty phablet had just received an update that includes some features from the Samsung Galaxy S5. One of these is the Download Booster. This allows files of 30MB or larger, to be quickly downloaded by using a combination of Wi-Fi and the carrier's LTE network at the same time. Just remember that when Wi-Fi calling is being used, this feature is disabled.

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.

Thanks for the tip, Marco!

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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. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 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: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 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.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Does it also bring more lag? Lol

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Log off and go outside. Fail of a troll comment.

38. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 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: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

10. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

How much for the unlimited LTE?

25. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I am paying $80 a month to T-Mobile + $30 for the phone.

11. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I get over 100mbps off my WiFi speed alone lol.

26. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I haven't heard any complaints of lag on the S5.

8. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 1136; Member since: Jan 22, 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: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 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

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 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: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 37; Member since: May 09, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

May want bring yours back to their service center check for damage ram and flash memory.

41. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Chinese copy? or just take it to a service center.

39. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 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: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Still have my Note 3. Downloading the update once the battery is at 50%. :)

20. deeson22

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 06, 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...

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