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4.4.3, or 4.4.4 update. When?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Nagrom, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. Nagrom

    Nagrom Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Hi gang.

    I'm with Vodafone UK, and for months I've been reading that we're SUPPOSED to be getting an update from 4.4.2. Last date I heard was sometime in September.

    I know I can root, and are planning to soon, but does anyone know if we're EVER going to get an official update?

    Thanks in advance.
    Andy
     


  2. dynomot

    dynomot Android Expert

    Vodafone have just released an update to their 4.4.2 which brings "download booster" first seen on the Galaxy S5, a few new transitions, quicker boot time and supposedly better battery life. I got the option to upgrade last weekend, OTA, but since I am rooted and run a custom recovery It failed the OTA and I had to flash it yesterday via Odin. I had to reroot, reinstall Busy Box and flash my custom recovery again but all other phone settings, layouts etc were unaffected. So it took ten minutes to do from start to finish rather than an hour or so.

    I know we'll get Lollipop (V5.0) for our SM-N9005s but I suspect Samsung will skip 4.4.4 on them. I know 4.4.4 is available for some Exynos Note 3s I just don't see the international version getting it. I doubt we'll find out one way or another unless we get it either, Samsung always keep firmware details to themselves.
     
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  3. Nagrom

    Nagrom Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Yeah had the download booster, kids mode update a few months ago.

    Looking forward to V5 then.

    No doubt it'll be months after V6 is launched.

    Thanks.

    BTW I've not forgotten all the Rooting info, and advice. Still plan on doing it when life gives me a free hour.
     
  4. dynomot

    dynomot Android Expert

    Let me know when you plan on doing it all again Nagrom and I'll see if I can help "live" as it were. Not this week though for me as I'm on call next week. I shall be in and out via phone here as usual, but booting up the old lap top to redo my Note 3 from scratch with my Note 3 in exactly the same state as yours to try and figure it all out is not really an option. I'm still curious why yours won't root. It should. :)
     
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  6. evohicks

    evohicks Android Expert

    I had the download booster a while back, not really checked it out yet as I do my downloading over wifi, but last week I had an update of around 1.5mb, not sure what it was and no noticable changes.
    European SM9005
     
  7. paulw035

    paulw035 Member

    I had the same, UK on 3 network. Can't see a difference.
     
  8. Reggie3

    Reggie3 Well-Known Member

    The latest information I have seen posted was that US carriers (ATT) will skip to lollipop in January.
     
  9. Reggie3

    Reggie3 Well-Known Member

    Well I was wrong on what I had seen posted. My phone just updated to 4.4.4 via AT&T
     
  10. dynomot

    dynomot Android Expert

    Exynos versions week be getting 4.4.4 only Qualcomm versions are stuck with 4.4.2 until parity is restored when Samsung (and for US owners the carriers as well) give us Lollipop)
     
  11. AnonGuy

    AnonGuy Android Enthusiast

    4.4.4 didn't fix the lack of Tap & Pay for AT&T Customers so I doubt it will for anyone else here. Therefore, I'm getting rid of this phone in a week most likely.

    I think I'm going to get the Xperia Z3v.
     
  12. dynomot

    dynomot Android Expert

    Just curious are you blaming AT&T or the Note 3 ? I can understand the upgrade to a newer device, I'm presuming you'll use a different carrier ?
     
  13. AnonGuy

    AnonGuy Android Enthusiast

    It's a Note 3/Samsung Issue. They used an NFC Chipset that didn't support HCE until 4.4.4 and they didn't put it in the 4.4.4 update they sent out to AT&T users. It's not an AT&T issue, because all those ISIS/Softcard carriers have and are launching devices that work fine with HCE. It's unreasonable to that they're blocking this on the Note 3 when they have S4/5, Note 4, M7/8, G2/3, Droids/Moto X/X2, etc. etc. on their networks with HCE working flawlessly.

    I'm not switching carriers for that, because it's not a carrier issue. It's a Samsung issue.

    I'll be switching manufacturers for sure, though. It's pretty poor support on their part. It's time to move on from them.
     
  14. dynomot

    dynomot Android Expert

    How odd, I know "contact less payment" as it is called works here on a UK note 3 even with 4.4.2 I think I used it exactly twice. Sadly no "wallet app" will work now I'm rooted, and I'm not going to unroot just to get it, I might hunt for a workaround, more and more retailers are accepting it over here.

    Thumbs down to Samsung on that one.
     
  15. Jazzy79

    Jazzy79 Member

  16. AnonGuy

    AnonGuy Android Enthusiast

    Does it have tap to pay? Otherwise I won't bother and will just get a new phone Monday.
     
  17. AnonGuy

    AnonGuy Android Enthusiast

    No such update exists on Kies for me. Just checked.
     
  18. Jazzy79

    Jazzy79 Member

    Its not available to everyone right now not even for me right now seems they making is available in certain areas first.. the update is on sammoblie for people who wants to flash with odin...
     
  19. AnonGuy

    AnonGuy Android Enthusiast

    It's a small update and it doesn't add Google Wallet/HCE Compatibility. So... I don't even care about it, to be frank. I'll be rid of this phone on Monday.
     
  20. Jazzy79

    Jazzy79 Member

    Its for anyone that wanted to know its out....
     
  21. rcaine

    rcaine Well-Known Member

    I just got the 4.4.4 update OTA from Verizon. Have not had time to see what it does yet but it is going out.
     
  22. AnonGuy

    AnonGuy Android Enthusiast

    Yea, I got rid of my Note 3 the day after that post I made. Couldn't even wait a few more days to chuck it :p
     

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