The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was released in November 2013 to rave reviews. Samsung carved out a new niche in the smartphone world - phablet - with a larger display, the now infamous S-Pen and software that was unique to the Note experience. Each rendition sees many improvements and refinements and the Galaxy Note 3 really helped the device to become very popular in Canada. Now, after four years, there is still nothing to compare to the Galaxy Note series from any other manufacturer - oh, there are even larger displays, but Samsung has made the Galaxy Note series more than just a big display. It is now a full-blown PDA-type device for taking quick notes or drawing a needed sketch or marking a date in your calendar.
We have been waiting for the 5.0 Lollipop update to the Galaxy Note 3 - something we knew was coming from Samsung. Last week, AT&T in the US finally started their update, while Verizon users are still waiting for theirs to start. But we are happy to say that Bell of Canada is indeed rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Galaxy Note 3 - it is not showing up on Bell's software update page, but our source has reached out to them and verified it is now rolling out. The rollouts, as always, are stop and go, and sporadic about which devices are receiving the update. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has already received theirs - of course it was put on hold, but was then re-released - and it appears that the Galaxy Note 3 will receive it before the Galaxy Note 4. The update for the Note 3 is the same 5.0, dated March 13, build that the Galaxy S5 received...not the more coveted 5.0.2 iteration with several additions and fixes.
It appears that while the release is still called 5.0, the bug fixes that plagued Android 5.0 have been fixed in these upgrades as well. The problems fixed in the 5.0 update for the Galaxy S5 included screen freezes, force closures and rapid battery draining, so the Galaxy Note 3 update should take care of those issues. If you have not received your OTA you may want to force the issue with Settings -> System updates -> Check for new software update -> Update...remember, this is a large update and you will need to be hooked up to Wi-Fi.