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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 Update Rolled out to Fix 3rd Party Accessory Bug

Back in January, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 OTA update for certain Europe and Asia-based markets. Even though the new firmware arrived with all the KitKat goodies, it also brought an annoying issue.

After the Galaxy Note 3 was updated to Android 4.4.2, may users complained that their 3rd party smart flip covers no longer worked with their devices. In the first instance, the folks at Samsung said that the 3rd party accessory issue has nothing to with the new firmware, but they admitted afterwards that a bug is preventing the Note 3 owners to use their covers, also promising that an update that fixes the problem will be issued as soon as possible.

About a month later, the Android 4.4.2 OTA update that comes to address the aforementioned issue is being pushed to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 owners. According to Sammobile the first countries to receive the new update are Poland and Russia and the firmware is labeled N9005XXUENB3. Of course, other regions will follow in the near future.

For the time being, the bug-fixing Android 4.4.2 update is only available for Snapdragon 800-powered Note 3 variant, the SM-N9005.

If you were hoping that the new update would also fix the SD card writing bug, you should know that the issue isn’t related to Samsung’s KitKat release, but to the changes Google made to Android 4.4. Therefore, it’s up to the developers to update their apps and add SD card writing support.

As usual, the Android 4.4.2 OTA update for Galaxy Note 3 is being rolled out in phases, which means that it will not be made available for everybody right away. If you didn’t receive the system update notification, you should also check for it manually under Settings > More > About Phone > System Updates > Check for updates.

Did you guys received the new firmware update on your Note 3 units? Please let your fellow Note 3 owners know in the comments section.


  • anon

    I don’t have the case so I wasn’t experiencing that issue with my Note 3, but now my phone is really laggy when I’m playing music. At first I thought it might be the Spotify app so I closed the app and listened to the music actually installed on my phone but there’s still a major lagging issue; sometimes I won’t be able to unlock the phone to pause or skip. Also, my earphones appeared to be unable to pause or skip the music with the buttons, and I wasn’t able to do so via touch on the lock screen either. One time this morning, the clock COMPLETELY vanished from my lock screen! And the time won’t update itself unless I unlock the phone and see it in the top right hand corner. Is it just me or is experiencing these issues? I regularly clear my RAM and close apps that I’m not using, I also had a clear-out of apps that I don’t use. This is really frustrating because now I can’t listen to music without my phone freezing up every now and then..

  • Lars Von Panzerbjørn

    The SD Card bug mayhave been introduced by Google, but I refuse to believe that a company like Samsung is unable to engineer it away.