More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
KitKat Finally Arrives to the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 via Kies
You may recall that back in November of last year, a leaked internal memo indicated that KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was expected some time in January. Then in the middle of the first month of this year, we actually did see KitKat make its way to the Note 3 in official capacity.
When KitKat made its way to the international variant, we all knew that the US carrier variants would lag behind somewhat. Then about one month later, we saw the update roll out to the Sprint variant, followed shortly by the T-Mobile and AT&T variants. Curiously absent, however, was the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Thankfully, that changes today, as a KitKat-packed update is now available for download.
Today’s update comes in at firmware number N900VVRUCNC4. In addition to updating the device to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, it also brings all of the same goodies that we’ve seen in KitKat updates for other variants of the device.
The update itself isn’t technically rolling out, but it’s installable via Samsung Kies or Verizon Software Assistant. The raw update itself was also posted to the forums by XDA Forum Member petermin. But as stated by Recognized Developer BeansTown106, it’s highly recommended that users avoid the update for now and wait for his upcoming pre-rooted build once a method has been discovered to retain root and revert to the old kernel with insecure modules.
Have you updated your device or are you waiting for root? Let us know in the comments below, and get in on the discussion in the update thread.
[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the heads up!]
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