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Bell, Rogers, Telus Galaxy Note 3 is Getting Security Patch Update to N900W8VLU2DPG1

It is quite surprising that there are still numerous updates we have seen coming on Galaxy Note 3. This time,  the Canada’s version of the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900W8), thus from Bell, Rogers, Telus, and the rest  of major Canadian carriers is getting an update that bumps up the Android 5.0 Lollipop to build version N900W8VLU2DPG1. The said update is security patch update, system improvements and bug fixes. Nonetheless, it might not bring any more changes nor any adverse effect to the device though, but it’s still a very important update.

So those who owns the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900W8 in Canada, you folks might check the update right now. The release might be in stages and the roll out might also depends on which carrier your device at.

Here are the technical details of the update build number N900W8VLU2DPG1.

Device Name: Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Model number: SM-N900W8
Android version: 5.0
Android security patch level: July 1, 2016
Baseband version: N900W8VLU2DPG1
Kernel version: 3.4.0–4348112
Build number: LRX21V.N900W8VLU2DPG1

Benefits of the Update: Security enhancements, Stability improvements, and General bug fixes

Important Note Before Performing Software Update

According to Samsung you should prepare the following things before performing the software update. I will also add some useful insights why you should follow this procedures.

  • You should make sure your battery is fully charged before performing the software update. Do not also remove the battery during the software update is in progress. A power failures may cause damaged to your device that might results as we so-called   “soft-bricks”.  If this happens your device may just stuck on Samsung logo or welcome screen and can’t reboot normally.
  • You should back-up your important files, including contacts, emails, messages, photos, videos, apps and other stuff. Like I said while during software update process is interrupted there is a possibility that your data stored from your device internal SD card may lose or deleted when a sudden unexpected failure happens and it forces you to perform a factory.
  • Your device should not be modified or rooted, there is a certain circumstances that a modified and rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may not accept any official software update anymore or it can accept an update but it might harm your device once the update has made.  Learn about the new Samsung KNOX security suite. Most known error that says ‘firmware upgrade encountered an issue, please select recovery mode in kies and try again‘ you should try to avoid that from happening.

Update to 5.0 Lollipop via Over-The-Air (OTA)

There are two types you can update your Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the first method is Firmware Update through over the air or called as OTA update, which usually a notification message will directly sent to you and saying that there is a new update available for download. You can also tap on your Galaxy Note 3 Settings > General tab, scroll to and tap System Update. It will automatically tells you that a new update is available or your software is up to date when there is none yet. You can simply tap the “Start” button when you want to perform an update or  “Postpone” if you want to install later.

Update to 5.0 Lollipop via Kies

The second method is a firmware update through Samsung Kies. You may head-over to your  local Samsung support page from where you can download Samsung Kies from there, and install it in your Windows or Mac computer.

Choose the new Kies 3 which supports the Galaxy Note 3 and other Samsung devices running with 4.4.2 and 5.0 Lollipop updates .  Once you installed Kies 3, all you need is connect your Galaxy Note 3 to the computer using the USB cable, then simply run and follow the on-screen Kies software update instructions.