After releasing the new KitKat update to the Galaxy Note 3 LTE variant, Samsung has begun rolling out the new firmware to the Exynos CPU powered 3G models.
Samsung community website SamMobile has confirmed that the new KitKat v4.4.2 OS update has been made available to Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) in Russia via OTA (Over-The-Air). The update can also be downloaded via PC companion suite Samsung Kies.
Smartphone owners can check for OTA update availability by going to:
Settings >> More >> About Device >> Software Update >> update
Since the firmware is released in phases, it will take time (a few days or weeks) to be made available globally.
The new update reportedly brings in performance enhancements, a shortcut for camera and music album on the lock screen for quick access, Emoji icons for text messaging, new keyboard layout, wireless printing options (with select HP printers), new Quickoffice word document app and more.
Here is a brief description of key features of Android v4.4 KitKat OS update:
Improved Caller-ID: If a caller receives a call from an unknown number, the phone will look for matches on the internet with local listings via Google Maps.
Priority Contacts: The new OS empowers the phone to automatically prioritise the contact list for easy access, based on the frequency of contact numbers in use.
Immersive display: To enhancethe entertainment factor, the new OS comes with immersive mode, where the status bar and navigation buttons disappear into the back ground while one plays music, games or read e-books. Users can just swipe the edge of the screen to bring backtheutility buttons.
Enhanced Message grouping: Google has brought in some improvements to the new Hangouts app. Now users can find all their text SMSs and MMSs, audio and video call details at one place. He/she can also share location and send animated GIFs.
Emoji Characters: Initially, users had to install third party app to use colourful characters in their SMS. With the KitKat update, the keypad comes pre-loaded with native Japanese Emoji emotion icons.
NFC and Wireless Printing: Google's new OS comes with improved Quickoffice app, wherein users can create and store word documents online as well as print files wirelessly on NFC-enabled HP printers.
Bluetooth MAP (Message Access Profile): This feature enables Android devices in cars with Bluetooth support to exchange messages.
Multi-tasking: With efficient memory management, users can multi-task by opening several applications. They can also listen to music while browsing online.
Performance: With low system requirements, the new KitKat OS is expected to bring in performance enhancements and boost battery life.