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  1. Poweranimals

    Poweranimals Well-Known Member

    Anyone have any idea?

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  2. Dagr

    Dagr Well-Known Member

    Rumors are saying January... so I'm guessing February. As always it depends on the carrier as well.
  3. DragonSlayer95

    DragonSlayer95 Resident Air Bender Moderator

  4. Mdraej99

    Mdraej99 Well-Known Member

    I had the same question.. the articles are very vague. All I could figure was early 2014.
  5. iwoloschin

    iwoloschin Well-Known Member

    One thing to keep in mind, once KK is released by Samsung, it will likely break any existing root methods. It may also not work on rooted phones. So if you're rooted there's definitely some additional wrinkles.
  6. zipred

    zipred Well-Known Member

    I'm on day 35 with my pre-ordered non-rooted, Galaxy Note 3. I spent the first week with it box stock to be sure everything was trouble free (it was). But now after spending the time optimizing it just the way I like, I've lost all desire to upgrade the fastest most enjoyable phone I've owned, to the latest OS. I have zero reasons to change a phone that works in such a spectacular fashion.

    It's speed, vast capabilities, exceptional smoothness and long battery life are but a few aspects of this Android phone that are so impressive.

    Recently I've been using its "Multi-Window" mode that features the ability to run two different apps in two windows at one once. Samsung's TouchWiz is what makes this possible and it's really impressive. Even better is the ability to adjust the windows to the sizes you want. I run Chrome on the top two thirds of the screen and S Note in the bottom third. A researchers dream, I can take notes with the S-Pen, while surfing my sites in Chrome.

    Suddenly the "Features" many of the reviewers blew off as "gimmicks" turn out to be carefully designed, easy to use, essential time saving & workflow enhancing tools. I encourage you to explore the help files & .pdf user guide.

    I've bought loads of different top of the line smartphones, all in an effort to find the right one for me. I'm very happy to report this _Galaxy Note 3_ is the one.

    This is _The Single Most Exciting and Efficient Smartphone_ I've experienced in several years. The more you use it and improve your skillset, the faster you'll realize why I rave about the Note 3 :D
  7. richmatthews76

    richmatthews76 Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know if the Note 3 will get Android version 4.4?
  8. Silver Surfer

    Silver Surfer Well-Known Member

    I presume you mean the Note 3 and yes it will. There are rumours that this will happen in January so not long to wait (hopefully).
  9. richmatthews76

    richmatthews76 Well-Known Member

    Thank you yes I meant the Note 3...Sorry.
    Is 4.4 suppose to be a major upgrade?
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  10. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    It is a major update.

    Many of the features are under the hood though
  11. NeoGrandizer

    NeoGrandizer Well-Known Member

    You really don't need TouchWiz to work split-window view. Also, if it's similar to the Note 2, you can probably use pop-up browser, email and S Notes. Thus having 3 windows open simultaneously. Want to really cram your screen? Open pop-up video to get screen number 4... ;)

    That is unless Samsung did something that prevents that now... I tend to overdo it now and again. Video lectures, with email, Lecture Notes for some note taking and pop up browser to look up info. Pretty messy on a small screen and probably waste more time navigating between windows than saving. LOL.
  12. richmatthews76

    richmatthews76 Well-Known Member

    I don't believe how It can improve this phone...It's awesome already! Looking forward to it!! Thanks for your help.
  13. Pep

    Pep Well-Known Member

    I did last 1 week with my Note 3 un-rooted to make sure all was fine with it!!
    I use to run Omega on my S3 so I just updated that when it was available, but
    now that my Note 3 is rooted and I'm still running the stock rom, once 4.4 is out how do I update to it now that I can't do the OTA?

    Thanks Pep
  14. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Well-Known Member

    The new ART Runtime might be the feature of KitKat that will make the biggest difference to Note 3 owners:
    "The early version of ART in Android 4.4 already speeds up apps by around 100%, and the final version should be even better."
    If you think your phone is fast and smooth now, it'll scream afterward! :rock:
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  15. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    When its ready for primetime yes.


    Not quite yet
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  16. taxiron1

    taxiron1 Well-Known Member

    I just installed it on my Nexus 7. Very little speed improvement, and no noticeable differences on the surface.
  17. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Lots of under the hood improvements, which is pretty much what you can expect since googles uncoupled everything else from the core OS and has it on the playstore now

    Google experience launcher, newsstand, ect
  18. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    I would say this also depends on the carrier you are with.

    The OTA update might be available in January or February but depending on your carrier it might take longer to test it. I.E. I know verizon will take longer to push it out, they always do.
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  19. iTzKPanda

    iTzKPanda AF's resident panda

    ^Agreed.

    And hopefully Samsung doesn't pull the disaster of an update rollout as they did with the S3 just recently...
  20. GoNavyMike

    GoNavyMike New Member

    The unofficial word I'm hearing is January 2014.
  21. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Well-Known Member

    The major speed improvement comes with the new ART runtime, but it's still in the early stages and must be manually enabled in Developer Options if you want to play with it:

    [​IMG]
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  22. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    Yeah one can only hope. I know the amount that Verizon tests their updates there is no way nothing will go wrong again.
  23. recDNA

    recDNA Well-Known Member

    IME phones are better in the operating system they come with. When Tbolt went from fro yo to gingerbread I saw no improvement and ics ruined it. When droid Maxx HD went from ics to gumdrops or whatever it's called it got worse. I fully expect kit kat to screw up the n3.
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  24. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Well-Known Member

    In general I think the only case where a newer operating system is likely to ruin a phone is when the phone was already RAM starved and the newer Android makes even more memory demands. With KitKat it's going to be the opposite -- you'll have more usable RAM with the newer operating system.

    Windows 7 was a similar rare example -- installing it on a Vista PC would usually make the machine run faster and smoother.
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