The Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update source code is now available. Samsung released the official kernel source earlier this weekend, which can be found here.
This is great news for developers anxious to create apps for the device running the latest version of Android software. It also allows them to build custom ROMs for the phablet. Those unfamiliar with app builds and ROMs should steer clear of this source code as they could potentially mess up their devices.
A Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update is already available for T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon in the form of a new ROM.
CyanogenMod 11 is now available for all of those carrier versions. Users can access the update by downloading the CM11 nightly build. The GSM and AT&T versions have not received the ROMs yet.
The build is based on the latest version of KitKat which is Android 4.4.2. This software should be installed with caution as it could void the device's warrantee or erase saved data.
Samsung has already begun rolling out the official update in other parts of the world. It still may take a long time before it hits the States.
The Galaxy Note 3 was released in the fall of last year and has become one of Samsung's fastest selling devices to date.
It will be followed by the Galaxy Note 4, which is now rumored to feature a three-sided display.
Samsung's Executive VP of the mobile division Lee Young Hee recently interviewed with Bloomberg and confirmed that the new device could feature this type of advanced display thanks to the company's closer relationship with Gorilla Glass maker Corning.
An earlier patent application submitted by Samsung also pointed to the company going with this three-sided touchscreen.