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Verizon recently uploaded a new support document for the Galaxy Note 3 to its support site detailing a new OTA update. While there's nothing major about this one, it does fix quite a few bugs. That's not all that's under the hood, however – it also brings four new pieces of bloatware along for the ride: MyInfoZone Widget, VMware, Verizon Support & Protection v2, and Verizon Cloud. Useful, eh? I didn't think so.

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It's likely that the update is either starting its rollout now or will be making its way to devices within the coming days, so keep your eyes peeled. We know how much you all just love new bloatware.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • raynie

    very nice

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      I'm sure that's what Verizon is thinking, hoping they can get more people to use Verizon cloud. Because yes, EVERYONE would want to use that /s

      • Brad

        My mom had no idea... I'd set her up with dropbox and her bill has a $2.99 cloud charge every month. *facepalm*

        • Primalxconvoy

          At first, I thought this was a spam post and down voted it.

          • Brad

            I MAKE $2.99 A MONTH FROM MOMCLOUDtm BY VERIZON!

          • Guest

            lol. awesome

          • Guest

            lol, awesome

  • tbealmear

    As long as you can disable the new apps then I don't see the problem. Don't get me wrong, bloatware is evil BUT you can do something about it most of the time.

    • http://gregramsaran.com Greg

      You're right i'm okay with disabling the apps, but I want to be able to disable them all. This is very upsetting. I might have to go back to the S3.

    • Zips

      The problem is, it's entirely possible they'll make it so that you cannot disable those apps without rooting. That was the case for a handful of Verizon's bloat on my S3 prior to my rooting it and ultimately flashing to Cyanogenmod.

      • Primalxconvoy

        If you use a custom launcher, you can at least hide the icon from the phone and pretend it's not there.

        • John Malin

          But it is still there and running in the background. All you are doing there is blinding yourself from it.

          It's like having a leech on your back, but you can't see it so it doesn't matter.

          • Primalxconvoy

            But as a last resort it's not bad.

  • Nick Saulino

    Yikes!

  • Brandon Bradley

    VMware?

  • Wazzifer

    Damn it my T-Mobile Note 3 didn't get anything yet.

    • Ryan Stewart

      Odds are you got this update weeks ago sans bloatware. Verizon isnt exactly known for timely updates.

      • Wazzifer

        T-Mobile never pushed ANY updates to the Note 3. Exactly why I am complaining.

        • Ryan Stewart

          Guess the billion dollar question is if you're even due an update. The vast majority of these are Verizon specific. The only two that aren't could be CDMA specific or something that didn't make it on the launch model.

      • Tim242

        I guess you haven't been paying attention. The Verizon Moto X was the first non Nexus to get KitKat. The Verizon S4 was the first to 4.3.

        • Ryan Stewart

          Congrats, two of a hundred.

          • Tim242

            The point is, they are improving. That being said, I never take carrier updates : )

  • John Smith

    F**k Verizon as a staff, carrier and as a motherf**king crew.

  • Favio Maldonado

    I guess that update its worth less for my galaxy note 3, I rooted my phone just 3 weeks after getting it, cause I switched from an iphone. the only issue I have with its that sometimes it freezes even after I restart my phone. and yeah the ads are freaking annoying.

    • Rafy286

      You rooted... Download AdAway and watch those ads dissapear.

      • Favio Maldonado

        adaway cant be found in the app store..

  • techgui

    as long as this doesnt break root, I could care less

    • Primalxconvoy

      "As long as this doesnt break root, I couldn't care less".

      Fixed it for you.

  • Andrew

    only took 2 months after release to fix the handwriting on SMS, nice work Samsung/VZW!
    I had so many issues with this device, I'm glad I didn't even wait until day 13 to return.

    • Mitchman

      Interesting... I haven't had any issues with my Note 3 on VZW, so a bug fixing update freaks me out a bit.

  • Mitchman

    Verizon Support & Protection v2 is just an updated version of the old Verizon Security app. This is not new.

  • zepfloyd

    "The following areas have been improved: Connectivity"

    I wonder if this means Band 4 will officially be enabled.

  • Drizzoid

    I just got the update.. Fingers crossed they didn't break anything...