Over the past few months the folks at Samsung were accused of artificially boosting the benchmark performance of their high-end smartphones, by overclocking the CPU and GPU while the benchmark tests are running.

According to Ars Technica, the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update that was recently rolled out for both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 has removed the benchmark-boosting functionality. The great news for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 owners is that even though the benchmark scores are no longer inflated, the two high-end Samsung smartphones are still rocking the benchmark charts.

Even though the international variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 received the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update in January, for the time being T-Mobile and US Cellular are the only US carriers that pushed the update for their customers. Even though there's no announced time frame for when Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T will release the new firmware update for the Note 3 variants, we are expecting to roll out to happen pretty soon.

On the other hand, soon after the Exynos-powered Galaxy S4 I9500 was updated to Android 4.4.2, the new firmware has been rolled out for the LTE-variant of the smartphone. Furthermore, three US carriers pushed the update to their users: AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular. This means that only T-Mobile and Verizon need to roll out the software update out of the US' Big Five.

Because Samsung was not the only phone maker to get caught artificially boosting the benchmark scores of their smartphones, the way we look at the benchmark tests changed.

How may of you noticed bigger/lower benchmark scores after updating your Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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BW · 5 years ago

BW-Did the update on my Galaxy s4 Sprint and some apps disappeared and it stops some apps from accessing the sd card.

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RGthree · 5 years ago

Got my update (tmobile) but now I can only use th s pen to control the phone I can't use my fingers, any help?

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ahumpage · 5 years ago

Yes I received the update for my Sprint S4. It "erased" a bunch of apps, which I subsequently "found" and put back onto my home screens. However since the update the device locks up periodically which it never did before.

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Oh Andy Anderson · 5 years ago

still waiting on verizon... no update yet ;-/ you know for such a large carrier, why are they always last to do anything... (sigh)

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Donna Hecht · 5 years ago

receiving update as we speak! ( as I speak) So should I back up my apps?? no mention of anything we need to do. I just noticed it started and searched the net for info. I am a HAPPY T mobile customer! March 5th 8:05 am eastern time

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stash912 · 5 years ago

tmobile note 3 northern ohio currently downloading an update.495.74mb phone is rooted so im going to try to copy the file before it flash's. hopefully its kit kat but cant say for sure

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stash912 · 5 years ago

ok it is kit kat. now i just have to do actual upgrade. then going to be posting it all to my google drive account for others

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Derrick Amundsen · 5 years ago

What did you use to root before? How are you planning on rooting with KitKat?

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stash9123 · 5 years ago

After kitkat update look fir cf auto root for n9005 running kitkat. Thats what i did to root mine. I cant say what it will do to knox as i was already tripped so i didnt care. Loving my full lte all over the house instead of 1 bar

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Derrick Amundsen · 5 years ago

Thank you for the info! Very much appreciated!

Mark Anthony Loria · 5 years ago

Just got the update for tmobile!

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Michael Nas Moody · 5 years ago

I haven't gotten mines yet and I have T-mobile. :(

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patric sok · 5 years ago

Just got the update for tmobile note 3!!!

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dev · 5 years ago

please update kikat for my galaxt note 2

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samantha sablan · 5 years ago

Did this update erase any of your apps?

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Donna Hecht · 5 years ago

no not a thing!

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Tadolebey · 5 years ago

yes! And can't reinstall them either.

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Donna Hecht · 5 years ago

I dont know what your talking about, I just installed the update and my phone is fine. All my apps in place and working fine.

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Kevin speaks · 5 years ago

See Pic

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Kevin speaks · 5 years ago

Your wrong. Hasnt been pushed for tmobile but has been for US Cellular and Sprint. I have Sprint and received my update a few days ago after I purchased the phone.

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Chris RavenFan · 5 years ago

Does it mess with the SD card as reported? I've heard horror stories about that... I push any app I can, and all pic/videos to the SD card and I'm worried about upgrading because of that!!

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Donna Hecht · 5 years ago

T mobile has pushed the kitkat update OTA . I have a note 3 and just finished installing it.

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Sold my iPhone for GNote3 · 5 years ago

What you talking about... Just go to settings and hit software update... That's all you gotta do...

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adam smith · 5 years ago

Tmobile has NOT pushed the update. I have a Tmobile Note 3 and emailed them and they said there are no plans to bring Kitkat to the Note 3. Updating my software doesn't do anything either. Stuck with Jellybean...

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Donna Hecht · 5 years ago

I am installing the Kit Kat update right now. The Update pushed to my phone about an hour ago. I am with T Mobile and I have a Note 3

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Mark Anthony Loria · 5 years ago

Tmobile Has pushed the ota

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Donna Hecht · 5 years ago

same here!!

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Tommy Timberland · 5 years ago

Lol look at all the people that got their panties in a bunch over your uninformed comment.

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justin · 5 years ago

Yea you are wrong. Note will be updated to kk.. And will be also updated to 4.5 I'm sure. Nonway they would hang out this device and ignore it for updates. Lol reading is your friend.

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Craig HouseMusic Earnest · 5 years ago

I don't know who you talked to at T-Mobile, but that person doesn't know what they're talking about. While you're correct that T-Mobile hasn't pushed out the update YET, it will be pushed out very soon, most likely sometime this week. The kernel source code was released Friday, meaning that the update release for consumers will follow shortly (like I said, most likely sometime this week). Just be patient, it will come. :)

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Donna Hecht · 5 years ago

This morning! I am installing it right now. It downloaded about an hour ago. ! I'm hoping its good!!

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justin · 5 years ago

It won't be an ota. Tmo update was actually available yesterday for a small window but due to GPS specific issues it was pulled.. At Samsung service center the update for T-Mobile is slayed for round two full release tomorrow which will be March 5th. So check it out then, again no it won't be ota..

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Donna Hecht · 5 years ago

It is ota

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Donna Hecht · 5 years ago

What is ota?

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Donna Hecht · 5 years ago

Over the air, correct? And it is being done OTA right now on my t mobile note 3

justin · 5 years ago

Yea but as we knew yesterday it would be posted at sammobile first. Which it was. We weren't 100% sure when T-Mobile would push it but we did know itbwould be available early wedesday which it was. Thanks for the awesome answer though.

Donna Hecht · 5 years ago

Your welcome! I will tell you one thing, it had made my phone a lot faster. Going from lock screen to home screen and opening apps. Still checking out what else is improved!

Craig HouseMusic Earnest · 5 years ago

Awesome, I hope you're correct. This makes me happy!! :)

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