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Nov
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It's not often that I get to fit the entire changelog of a software update in the headline, but today's the day. Verizon has shared details about an upcoming update for the Galaxy Note 3 that does two things - strengthens connectivity and improves sound quality. Though Verizon hasn't provided a proper software version number, the build hitting devices is apparently VRUBMJ7.

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As you can see, there's nothing else to share here. This is not an extensive update, though it does sound vaguely similar to the fix Sprint had to roll out last month in response to user complaints of garbled audio during calls. Out of the gate, the Note 3 has suffered from a few issues with sound quality, but the fixes are steadily marching along. One may soon arrive on an extra-large Samsung handset near you.

Source: Verizon

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Wazzifer

    Hopefully T-Mobile next.

    • RetsuUnohana

      yep hopefully. Audio is way to low in calls and sometimes caller ID does not show when on Wifi calling I ended up having to keep it on non data calls and Wifi as a 2nd option to get name and phone number showing up.

    • janellavew231

      Now just to fix the other bugs like randomly not being able to pull
      the notification bar down, screen staying asleep during calls when when
      you press buttons, and apps opening slowly, sometimes with the screen
      staying black for 5-10 seconds.

  • Mystery Man

    Why do T-mobile samsung phones never get updated? j
    Galaxy S4 still waiting for apps2sd....

  • Andrew

    I returned mine for this problem. The guy at the store said there was no problem, despite my screenshots showing them the issue. I'm just done with Verizon.

    • ferret

      Wow I wouldn't recommend. Big Red will charge you $299.99 if you return a damaged device or one that has any software alterations, whether it's under warranty or in their return period. Keep an eye on your bill because there may be a surprise

      • Andrew

        I didn't root it and I paid full price for the phone. I expect a fully functional device, and the note 3 was anything but. Terrible phone call quality.

  • Matt14

    This update is failing when I attempt install. Anyone else having this problem?

    • Scott

      Yes my update went into error mode when installing. Didn't hurt my software, just didn't get the update!

  • bassman418

    I wanted to share this with anyone who had rooted. Just did the following and kept root on Note 3. Saw it on a post and worked great. Credit to s2K_848.

    SuperSU > Settings
    Enable the Survival mode option

    Disable the Enable Superuser option

    Downloaded the OTA update
    Started the OTA update and phone rebooted

    Phone installed the OTA update and rebooted
    Said update was successful
    Went back into SuperSU
    Enable the Enable Superuser option
    Disable the Survival mode option
    Still have root access and on the new OTA update

    You do need the Pro version of SuperSU for this to work. Worked for me but no guarantee that it will work for everyone.

    • Brandon Fletcher

      Worked for me, thanks!

      • computerlife22

        Hey, is your KNOX still 0x0 after doing this?

        • Brandon Fletcher

          Yes, my Knox is still 0x0. My system status says custom though. Yes, I've followed the steps to supposedly fix that message with Xposed tools, didn't fix it for me. No biggie, if I need to warranty, I can always Odin back to stock.

          Knox at 0x1 or whatever the flag is called might not be a big deal in all cases, though. I got a full refund for my T-Mobile Note 3 and I accidentally tripped my Knox flag. They didn't look.

  • Gem Jefferson

    Now just to fix the other bugs like randomly not being able to pull the notification bar down, screen staying asleep during calls when when you press buttons, and apps opening slowly, sometimes with the screen staying black for 5-10 seconds.

    Needs custom ROMs ASAP!

  • Wolfgang71

    This breaks the free wifi tether Bypass. Verizon would never push out an update on their own to enhance our user experience.

  • Hadden

    Update still didn't fix the Wi-Fi connectivity issue.