KitKat begins rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, starting with Poland

Another day, another device getting KitKat. This time, though, one of the big flagships from Samsung is finally joining the party: the Galaxy Note 3. Sammobile was the first to spot the update, which is currently only available in Samsung’s Kies update software, and oddly only in Poland to start out.

The update is specifically for the SM-N9005, the unlocked Snapdragon version. The Note 3 runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in the US and Samsung’s Exynos processor internationally. This build’s closeness to the US carrier version means the carriers should have a finished build soon, and they can start their network testing process. Samsung has managed to pump out a 4.4 update just two-and-a-half months after launch.

This build was actually leaked over the weekend, so we’re well aware of what’s in it. Besides the usual performance improvements and KitKat underpinnings, the biggest visual change is the move from Samsung’s green and white status bar icons to all-white status icons. White icons are technically a new 4.4 requirement (PDF; see section 3.8.6) that Google has placed on OEMs due to KitKat’s transparent status bar, though Google has never consistently enforced Android’s compatibility requirements in the past.

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via Ars Technica


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