The first Lollipop firmware for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been leaked. The software — which was obtained thanks to an error on the website samsung-updates.com — has been brought to the world attention by a samsungviet.vn forum member, who claimed this is the “real deal.”
Later on, the ROM has been brought over to the XDA forums where it’s still available for download. Alas, it’s made for the Exynos Note 3 variant and not the one powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chip. Furthermore, this is a beta release and according to some reports, not everything will work out of box, with users reporting certain crash issues and a major problem with Bluetooth connectivity.
Nevertheless, it’s a step in the right direction, hinting us that the official update is just around the corner. Ok, we may wait for at least a month and some models will get Lollipop later than others, but still – it’s good to know that Samsung engineers are working round the clock to bring the latest version of Android to Sammy’s last year’s flagship phablet.
While we wait for that to happen, Note 3 owners are invited to join the conversation over at XDA, and if they have a spare device, try out the software themselves. Note that IntoMobile doesn’t suggest anyone to do things he/she is not absolutely certain about and can’t be held responsible if something goes wrong. And if you’re not sure what you’re doing, chances are – that will happen. The XDA community is there to help, but the limiting factor remains in place – this isn’t the final software build.