Earlier this week, Samsung officially started the rollout of the Galaxy Note 3's update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Appearing first for those in Poland through KIES, the update matched what had been leaked shortly before the rollout began.

Just a few days later, Samsung has uploaded the official kernel source files to its Open Source Release Center.


Interestingly, the manufacturer told developer Chainfire just yesterday "we only publish open source code of official version," responding to a request for access to the files. This response was slightly odd considering the official rollout actually began Monday. Nonetheless, interested developers are now free to inspect and tinker with the fresh code after downloading it from the link below.

Samsung Open Source

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  • faceless128

    looks like they got dragged to compliance while kicking and screaming

  • Aegeuss

    This is such a shame for Samsung; because they are supposed to announce 4.4.2 for their own Exynos (N900) devices first! How funny is it, it's I think easier to adopt KitKat to Snapdragon 800 cpu first, which is designed and produced by another company!

    Shame on you Samsung once again for this kind of behavior.

    • Matthew Gardner

      It seems like Samsung's A15 based Exynos line has had issues since the word go (Nexus 10).

    • sponplat

      "because they are supposed to announce 4.4.2 for their own Exynos (N900) devices first!"

      Says who? They sell a lot more snapdragon devices, it's only logical that they prioritize snapdragon devices when they represent almost all handsets sold. The exynos devices are just for emerging markets / non-LTE markets that noone cares that much about. Heck, even china has their own snapdragon version (i9508).

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but if you buy an exynos device, you're gonna be number two on Samsungs list.

    • David Heyden

      They did release n900 first Poland is the international phone. Little more research before bashing is usually a good idea.

      • Juana David

        This response was slightly odd considering the official rollout actually began Monday.

    • southerndinner

      Typical spergy nerd who doesn't read before commenting

  • sounder

    It's about damn time.

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  • Bilal Mahmood

    Samsung where the fuck is the note 2 (N7100) kernel source? for 4.3 that should have been first!

    • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

      Whoa dude are you living under a rock? I updated my at&t note 2 to 4.3 last year in December before taking T-Mobile up on there buy out plan. Now I have a note 3. So I think you are looking in the wrong places.

      • Bilal Mahmood

        they have released THE ROM not kernel source no custom kernel can be updated with the new drivers get your facts right t mobile fag

  • andrew__des_moines

    Everyone should be very cautious about updating a Samsung phone. Updates ruined by GS2, hobbled my GS4, and took a couple hours of my time this evening to fix my father's GS3.

  • soON

    LoL check my website for more updates

  • Bretton Key

    My only concern is if this update will be an actual improvement. 4.3 Is pretty solid, I've used 4.4 ROMs and feel it good as well. But the thing is how the offiicial 4.4 will play nice based on the carriers/bloat/and how many apps that are truly compliant with 4.4 to take advantage of OS