The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 isn’t exactly left behind in terms of security updates and it still remains as a pretty competitive device up till today, this is largely due to its specs that are still quite impressive.

If you’re looking for a value deal from Samsung’s official pre-owned device program, consider this phablet as it only costs a mere $250 right now. The downside is that it is carrier-locked and it does not official have support for the Android 6.0 or 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The furthest one could expect from the South Korean manufacturer is the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. This is a bummer as there are many practical and appealing features on Marshmallow such as the granular app permissions, Doze Mode, adoptable storage as well as the Google Now On Tap.

On top of that, there is also a unique feature of the Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5 known as the Screen-Off Memo which permits users to jot down notes with the S Pen without unlocking the phablet’s screen. The manufacturer has also improved on the previously cluttered TouchWiz interface via the Marshmallow update.

It’s apparent that the Galaxy Note 3 users are missing out on a lot and although Qualcomm is the one to be blamed that Nougat isn’t officially compatible with the Note 3, it doesn’t change the fact that the device lacking on Marshmallow is entirely Samsung’s fault.


Brian F. · December 15, 2016 at 12:27 pm

My wife and I still have our Note 3’s. We have since purchased brand new Duracell replacement batteries (Yes, you can change the battery very easily on the Note 3). So, I still get 2 days of battery life even with heavy usage. We kept our phones on 4.4.2 because the 5.x Android O.S. consumes battery power like crazy, and we didn’t want that. We could care less about Android 6.0. We still love and use our Note 3’s for everything. Even the screens still look brand new and we don’t even have screen protectors. Just simple rubber cases for occasional drops. Maybe I’ll consider upgrading when the Note 10 comes out. LOL.

Conchchowder · December 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm

If you’re talking to ludities, your report is fine, but most of us rooted our phones 3 years ago, the day we bought our Note 3.
I’ve installed Nougat on it and most of it runs well, but I’m quite happy with Marshmallow 6.0.1.

Now. As you were saying?

purushothaman · December 15, 2016 at 9:40 pm

Hi, i am using note 3 new since 2014, this note 3 is not support marsmallow? is not support please advice which brand mobile will buy?

Mark · December 16, 2016 at 5:27 am

A far, far better option for the same (or less) amount of dead presidents is the Samsung Galaxy J7. You can even get the updated 2016 dual-sim version on some Amazonian shopping sites for around $270 or so. It’s far more powerful, superior in display (which is almost exactly the same size as the Note 3) and of course has the latest, greatest OS as any of the Samsung current family of devices. The three differences to note (pun intended) are that it does not come with a stylus, it is 16GB internal storage compared to 32 on the Note 3, and it only comes in white (unless you opt for the dual-sim carrier unlocked version).

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