When it comes to security updates, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can’t be considered as being abandoned as it is still quite a competitive device. Well, this is all thanks to its impressive specs for a device of that generation.
Samsung’s official pre-owned device program is currently selling the Galaxy Note 3 at a low price tag of $250 currently and it is definitely a value deal. However, the unit on sale is carrier-locked and it does not officially support Android 6.0 or the 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
It is disappointing to know that the furthest the Galaxy Note 3 could reach is the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. This is because the Marshmallow update brings many practical and attractive features, for example, the granular app permissions, Doze Mode, adoptable storage and the Google Now On Tap.
Aside from that, there is also a feature that is truly unique to the Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5; the Screen-Off Memo. This feature allows users to pen down notes using the S Pen without needing to unlock the phablet’s screen. Samsung has also worked on cleaning up the previously messy TouchWiz interface through the Marshmallow update.
Qualcomm could be blamed for the lack of Nougat for the Note 3 as it is not compatible with the device, but Samsung is the sole culprit for the device lacking on Marshmallow.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t really matter whose fault it is that the phablet gets left behind. At the end of the day, users can always root their device and seek help from developers who are constantly churning out better software updates for those who refuse to be held back by the corporate agenda.
And at this point, unofficial builds for Marshmallow should be reliable enough for doubters to start taking a chance on them.