Ever since Google released Android 5.0 Lollipop, there has been a lot of hype about the latest OS. Both official and unofficial builds have been released for a number of devices, more specifically Samsung hardware. Despite this though, we didn’t hear anything yet regarding the widely popular Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which is a significant market share holder for the South Korean tech giant.

Surprisingly for most people, older versions of Samsung handsets got the latest OS update earlier than the Galaxy Note 3. According to information accessed recently though, an Android 5.0 Lollipop beta build is available for the Note 3.

Earlier reports had indicated that a Vietnamese user received official Android 5.0 update for their Exynos-powered Note 3; model number SM-N900, over the air. This however seems to be just a one-off case. Notably still, the reports are in line with speculations the South Korean smartphones manufacturer is likely preparing the latest firmware rollout for Note 3.

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The one-off version mentioned above is also openly available online, and can be downloaded by any Note 3 user. This is according to information available on Phone Arena.

Note 3 smartphone users who are eager to get the Note 3 firmware update can do so at the XDA Developers Forum, and follow the specifications offered on the webpage. This firmware will work on the Exynos processor. This means that device owners running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor will have to wait a little bit longer. Also, beta builds have been known to be problematic and bug-prone, so they mightn’t necessarily work well.

Based on screenshots of the Exynos-powered Note 3 running Android 5.0 Lollipop, there’s a white menu background. Well, white could be a bad choice for this particular device model as it might end up exerting more battery power requirements for the Super AMOLED display. But since this is a beta build, the company is expected to resolve this performance problem in the final build.

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