The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update continues to roll out to different variants in different parts of the world and it’s poised to hit more users in the coming weeks. With that in mind, we want to offer some useful Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop release date tips that will help those of you who are thinking about making the transition from Android 4.4 KitKat.
When the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 first arrived back in the fall of 2013, it was one of the first Galaxy devices running Google’s Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It only stayed on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for a short while though because Samsung quickly started an Android 4.4 KitKat update roll out, a roll out that deployed to users all over the planet in 2014.
While many Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users remain on Android 4.4 KitKat, others have been moved up to Google’s new operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android 5.0 Lollipop is the second major update for the Galaxy Note 3 and it brings a ton of changes to the former Galaxy Note flagship including Google’s Material Design.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release has been rather slow moving since January but Samsung’s finally starting to make a bit of a push. We’ve seen several new updates roll out in recent weeks including upgrades for the popular Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE variant. T-Mobile’s also pushed the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update out in the United States.
With Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop updates set to roll out in the future, now is the perfect time to share some tips with those of you who are excited about your move from Jelly Bean or Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop. These tips will help you in the buildup to your update’s release and they will help you on the day that your Lollipop roll out arrives.
Keep Tabs on Its Progress
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update isn’t making huge gains yet but it is making some progress as we push deeper into March and toward the Galaxy S6 release in April. That said, we haven’t seen too much information emerge out of Samsung and carriers just yet though we suspect that we will once this roll out starts picking up the pace.
If you aren’t already, now is a great time to start tracking the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update’s progress. There are a number of ways you can do that. Outside of the United States, International carriers like Rogers Canada, SFR in France and Australian providers are known for their candor. We suggest keeping an eye on these carriers for progress. Their information will provide a time line for owners on their network and they’ll also help to outline a release window for Galaxy Note 3 variants around the world.
In the United States, you can’t do much. US carriers are typically silent ahead of their release dates though we have seen AT&T start to chat about upcoming Lollipop releases on Twitter. Perhaps, it will do something similar when it’s close to its Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release.
Not every carrier is going to have early information available but many carriers will. You’d be wise to poke around their website or their social media accounts in the buildup to your Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release.
At the very least, keep an eye open for news, official and unofficial, in the days ahead. You might get tipped off about a specific date or at the very least, a specific release window. We’ll continue to update you with the latest information so that if you take your eyes off the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update, you’ll still be ready.
Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Release Time
It’s extremely hard to predict exactly when your Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update will roll out so don’t waste your energy trying to do so. Instead, take this advice about the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release time.
We usually see carrier roll outs start during the working week (Monday-Friday). So, if your roll out hasn’t started by the time Friday ends, you don’t have to worry about checking your phone on the weekend. If the update is already rolling out and the carrier is rolling it out in stages, that’s the only time you’re going to see your update land on Saturday or Sunday.
If you’re using an international version of the Galaxy Note 3, your update could come at any time now. We recommend checking your phone periodically for an update rather than checking every five minutes. It’s impossible to predict Samsung’s movements because its international roll outs for unbranded devices are random. There’s no need to check more than a few times a day.
Prepare Your Galaxy Note 3 Now
Most of you don’t know your exact Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release date or release time. That’s ok. You’re still going to want to prepare your device as if it’s going to arrive tomorrow. If you prepare, you and your device will be much better off once your Lollipop release date arrives.
We’ve put together a list of steps that we think you should take before your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop release date emerges. These steps will prepare your phone, and your mind, for Lollipop’s eventual arrival. Take a look at them in the buildup to your update’s release. We think they’ll help novice users and perhaps, even a veteran Android user or two as well.
You Don’t Need to Install on Release Day
When your Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release date finally does arrive, you’re going to be tempted to install the update the second it comes out. Many of you are going to want to avoid this temptation, especially if you have done nothing to prepare yourself and your device for Android 5.0 Lollipop. Again, this is a big update.
Not only does it bring big changes to the look and feel of Android, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update has been plagued with issues. There is always some risk involved when you’re installing a major update for the first time so if you’re using your phone for important work or school, you’ll want to take your time and make sure that you and your device are prepared. Do not, again we repeat, do not install this update blindly. You might regret it.
Instead of installing the Lollipop update right when it comes out, we encourage you to dig for feedback from your fellow Galaxy Note 3 users. That means users with the same model number and that means users on the same carrier.
Android-centric forums are a good place to start, carrier forums will also help, and you can also check out social media for feedback on the day of your Galaxy S4 Lollipop release. Someone always installs early and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions about features, problems, or whatever else comes to mind.
More recently, we put together an extensive guide on how to fix bad Galaxy Note 3 battery life both before and after Lollipop. Battery drain is one of the biggest problems plaguing Galaxy Note 3 users after the Lollipop release and it would be smart to familiarize yourself with potential fixes ahead your Lollipop update release.
Set Aside Some Time to Update
If you’re a busy person, don’t force anything on the release date. Lollipop is a huge upgrade for the Samsung Note 3 and it’s going to take some time to install, somewhere between 30 minutes and an hour. It also has the potential to throw problems your way. You don’t want to be rushed so make sure you install it when you actually have time to pay attention.
Finally, kick back and relax. There’s no need to be in a panic about Android 5.0 Lollipop, especially when you consider the problems that it’s having. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop roll out has a long way to go before its complete so you’ll just want to sit back, check for updates and new information and enjoy your time on Android 4.4.
Once your release date arrives, note that some Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop roll outs will take a few days to complete. Carriers in the U.S. like to slow roll their updates in batches so that they can catch potential issues. AT&T is known for this practice. So if you don’t see an update on day one, know that you’ll probably get it within a week.
Android roll outs in the United States typically don’t take any longer than that. Use the time between the initial roll out and the download prompt to double check to make sure that you’ve covered all of your bases and that you really are prepared for its arrival.