Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Beta ROM Leaks

By 07:13 Thu, 22 Jul 2021 Comments


A few days ago we saw a couple of screenshots that seemed to show a SM-N900U unit, which is an Exynos Galaxy Note 3 running Android 5.0 Lollipop. The almost incredible tale was courtesy of a samsungviet.vn forum member, who allegedly got hrecent of the Read-Only Memory (ROM) thanks to an error on the website samsung-updates.com.

The whole tale had serious holes in it and sounded very far-fetched, but now it appears that it might just be accurate as the thread covering the accident on XDA now offers a download link along with a full set of instructions for a manual flash.






Screenshots of Exynos Galaxy Note 3 running Android Lollipop

So the update seems to be as real as it gets, but unsurprisingly it is an early beta, that just happened to accidentally slip through the cracks. Screenshots seem to showcase a white menu background which looks like a very poor choice as it might cautilize the Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display to draw way more power than it needs to. Hopefully Samsung will address this issue before the official OTA hits.

The leaked version of Android Lollipop does seem to be functioning, but reading through the XDA forum is appears to be riddled with bugs, which of course is expected from a beta not intended in any way for public use.

This however does not seem to affect the enthusiasm among a few XDA users who have not only flashed the recent ROM, but have also managed to apply a few quick "homebrew" fixes to remedy certain crash problems and a major problem with Bluetooth connectivity.

It appears that Lollipop on the Galaxy Note 3 is drawing ever closer. We are yet to see any information regarding the most wide-spread variant of the device - the Snapdragon 800 SM-N9005, but progress on that shouldn't be far behind. If you happen to own a N900U unit and feel adventurous you can head over to XDA, to acquire the needed files and instructions to apply the update.

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