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T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3, LG G2 Android KitKat 4.4.2 update available for install

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G2 phones are getting the latest Android KitKat 4.4.2 software update. The update brings new features to the devices. In particular, it adds the “Auto Brightness” option to the G2. Owners of either device will notice overall user experience improvements once the update is installed.

Beginning Wednesday (March 5) Samsung Galaxy Note 3 owners will receive over-the-air update (OTA) update notifications to manually check for and install KitKat 4.4.2. The carrier announced Monday that it received the update and will begin pushing the new software to G2 devices on Thursday.

Since T-Mobile is not pushing the software update directly to the Galaxy Note 3, the carrier advises device owners to do the following: From the home screen tap “Settings”, tap “More”, tap “About device”, tap “Software update” and tap “Ok” to check for and install the update file.

G2 phones require at least 50 percent battery life, a data connection and 147 MB of free memory for a successful installation. For Galaxy Note 3 phones, the software update requires at least 50 percent battery, a data or Wi-Fi connection and 510 MB of available memory.

The Android KitKat 4.4.2 update will bring the G2 to software version DB80120a and the Note 3 to version N900TUVUCNB4. The official changelogs for the T-Mobile branded LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are not available at this time. Based on the Android KitKat 4.4.2 update changelogs for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the AT&T LG G2, here’s what to expect:

Sprint Galaxy Note 3 changelog:

  • New Lock Screen Access

    • Media Controls - full-screen album art and media controls when listening to music

    • Camera Shortcut - access the Camera application right from the lock screen

  • SMS App Chooser - select a default application for sending and receiving SMS text messages

  • Restyled Status and Navigation Bars - status and navigation bars are translucent and can sit on top of apps, along with simplified status bar icons

  • Consolidated Location Settings - location services are integrated and more detailed by new Location menu

  • Expanded Emoji Icons

  • Wireless Printing – supports printing over Wi­-Fi and Bluetooth

  • Prevention Information pop-up message is suppressed.

AT&T LG G2 changelog:

  • Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, improved closed captioning support, and stronger security.

  • Improved battery efficiency: the phone plays music more efficiently and supports the battery-saving location mode, extending battery life.

  • Faster processing speed: The latest version of Android provides a noticeable speed boost that runs applications 17 percent faster than before and web-browsing speed is improved with the Chromium engine.

  • Printing in the Cloud: Google Cloud Printer makes it simple to print documents via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection.

  • Enhanced “Knock On” feature: The responsiveness of LG’s Knock On feature has been improved.

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