Many of you are still waiting for stock Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware on your Galaxy Note 3 but the international versions of Note 3 already have received them including the SM-N900 and SM-N9005.
UPDATE: Lollipop is now available for SM-N900, SM-N9005, and T-Mobile SM-N900T.
For SM-N9005, there’s already a slew of great custom Lollipop ROMs to choose from, I recommend the Alliance ROM. For SM-N900 users, you may want to hold off another week or two as ROM developers are still getting their stuff together, not too many ROMs can be installed straight from CWM or TWRP Recovery, most requiring you to ODIN the Lollipop firmware.
Of course, you can help yourself and flash stock Lollipop firmware on your SM-N900, the Russian version gives you pretty good Lollipop experience with almost zero bloatware. The biggest change with Lollipop? Yes, you get all of the Lollipop performance enhancements (getting near 45,000 on Antutu with no overclocking) along with Note 4’s new multi-window feature where you can resize any app to make it a floating window.
Overall, it looks like a very promising week for the Note 3, especially considering Samsung has added Note 4 features to the Note 3 software. If you don’t want to wait, definitely take the plunge and try flashing the Russian version if you have a SM-N900!
Download Russian SM-N900 Android 5.0 Lollipop Stock Firmware (DO NOT INSTALL UNLESS YOU HAVE SM-N900!!!)
To install, unzip the stock firmware, put your phone into download mode, choose AP, then select the unzipped firmware tar.md5 file and hit “Start”. (Don’t know how to do this? See our unroot guide.)
Once done, you can re-root and re-install CWM or TWRP recovery. (I was having trouble with TWRP so try CWM instead for rooting)