Update: It appears as if this firmware is now rolling out in Poland. As such, it has been added to XDA Senior Member AdamLange‘s stock firmware collection. And luckily for SM-N9005 device owners in other regions, you can get your download on post haste, without the wait.
Just a few days ago, we talked about how the Samsung Galaxy S 4 received a leaked test build of Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Given that the S4 and Note 3 are closely related, we all knew it was only a matter of time before the Galaxy Note 3 would also join in the test build fun.
Now, a leaked firmware has appeared for the international and LTE-enabled version of the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005), and it has been mirrored thanks to XDA Senior Member ktetreault14 and rooted courtesy of Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire.
This new build comes in the form of version N9005XXUENA6. Similar to the leaked build for the S4, this leaked test firmware does not contain the dramatic new UI redesign that Samsung appears to be planning for TouchWiz. Despite this, it offers some of the same visual tweaks we saw in the S4 build such as a translucent notification bar with white icons, as well as a revised lock screen. Users are also reporting significantly improved benchmark scores with this release.
To get in on the action, make your way over to the leaked firmware thread. And if you wish to root your newly updated device, you can root via recovery using the latest version of Chainfire’s SuperSU.
Have you loaded the leaked 4.4.2 firmware on your Note 3, or are you waiting for an official release instead? Let us know your thoughts on this release, as well as Samsung’s update process in the comments below!_________