Verizon Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update looks to be rolling out over the air [UPDATED]

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: May 13, 2014

Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat over the air update

Don't feel like plugging your Verizon Galaxy Note 3 into your computer and running Samsung or Verizon software in order to get Android 4.4.2? I can’t say I blame you. The good news is that you no longer need to go through those extra steps to sink your teeth into Google’s KitKat bar, because the over the air update appears to be rolling out.

Several Verizon Galaxy Note 3 owners are reporting that they’ve had success manually pulling the KitKat OTA update. If you’d like to try it for yourself, grab your Verizon-branded phablet and head into Settings > General > Software update > Check for new software update.

As for what kinds of goodies this update contains, well, that much is still up in the air. Neither Samsung nor Verizon have officially acknowledged the update yet, but Samsung’s update page for the Verizon Note 3 seems to have gone missing as of this writing, so perhaps we’ll see a changelog pop up soon.

UPDATE: Verizon has posted the full changelog for the Galaxy Note 3’s update to Android 4.4.2. Check out the full list of tweaks down below.

GET READY FOR THE BEST THAT ANDROID KIT KAT AND SAMSUNG TOUCHWIZ HAVE TO OFFER!!

  • Memory Optimization
    • Improves multitasking performance
    • Improves screen responsiveness 
  • Improved Rendering Performance
    • Utilizes multi-texturing
    • Improves visual and delivers more effects
  • Built-In Printing Support
    • Connect to Google Cloud, HP ePrinter and more
    • Print photos, documents and web pages from device

NEW VISUAL VOICE MAIL

  • Basic Visual Voice Mail lets you listen to and manage messages directly from your phone. 
  • Premium Visual Voice Mail includes Voice Mail to Text and Caller Dependent Greetings
  • Voice Mail to Text converts the first 45 seconds of each voice mail to text so you can discreetly read voice mails without listening to them
  • Create up to 20 personal greetings to welcome a caller or a group of callers

KEYBOARD

  • Set of Emoji icons in Samsung keyboard has been updated
  • ‘Handwriting Mode’ layout has been changed

MULTI WINDOW

  • ‘Full Screen View’ has been added 
  • Any type of application now uses entire screen

CONTACTS

  • ‘Create Contact’ tip has been added to Contact Tips pop-up

THE FOLLOWING APPS ARE NOW PRELOADED:

  • Amazon Widget (3.0.78.0) 
  • Amazon Appstore (8.005.557.1C) 
  • App Store (8.005.557.1C) 
  • Audible (1.5.4_649) 
  • Caller Name ID (2.5.6) 
  • Google Drive (1.2.563.31) 
  • My InfoZone (2.2.16) 
  • NFL Mobile (9.0.1) 
  • MyVerizon (10.0.615) 
  • Slacker (5.0.1008) 
  • Verizon Support & Protection (2.1.1) 
  • ISIS Mobile Wallet (2.00.02) 
  • Emergency Alerts 
  • VZ Navigator (9.0.6.123) 
  • Verizon Tones (5.1.8) 

THE FOLLOWING NEW FEATURES ARE AVAILABLE WITH ANDROID 4.4.2 KITKAT:

  • SMS has been added to Google Hangouts 
  • Google Printing framework
  • Now supports more ways to “Tap and Pay”
  • Personal dictionary shortcut removed from Keyboard settings
  • Backspace button in Outlook Email

THE FOLLOWING CAPABILITIES ARE NOW SUPPORTED:

  • Remote Lock and Local Wipe 
  • Platform Security improvements

Via Droid-Life, Verizon Wireless

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