One of the reasons why people prefer buying Nexus devices is the prompt Android updates. Samsung dominates the smartphone and tablet market globally. The company has hundreds of Android devices with different variants for most of its devices to its profile. The number of devices is very overwhelming and it affects the after-sales service like software updates. Moreover, Samsung Galaxy devices feature a customized version of UI known as TouchWiz.
As you know, the Android 4.4 KitKat was released by Google with Nexus 5 in November 2013. Most of the new and older Galaxy devices have already received the official KitKat update but there are still a bunch of devices waiting for a major software-based overhauling from the OEM. It has been truly observed that it’s better late than never! Finally, it’s time for the owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (3G+WiFi) with model number SM-T311 to get the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. New updates breathe new life to older devices. Since Android 4.4.2 is a major OS upgrade, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 owners just got a new reason to keep their device for longer.
Having updated your Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T311 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, you will notice the following new features and changes:
- Transparent status bar with white icons
- New notification panel with expandable notifications
- New camera shortcut on the lockscreen
- Option to choose default apps for messaging, home launcher and others
- The screen now turns off with fading effect
- GPS toggle has been replaced with a Location toggle
- Samsung clock app has a new Desk Clock tab
- Samsung KNOX security
- Google Now experience
- Faster performance
- Better battery life
- Many others
Download Android 4.4.2 Firmware for Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T311
Note: Please note that most of the firmwares provided below are carrier unbranded. And therefore, they can be installed on any Tab 3 8.0 SM-T311 which is not locked to a network provider. We have mentioned the name of the carrier in brackets on branded firmwares.
You can download the firmware for your Tab 3 from here.
How to Install Stock Firmware:
Having downloaded the firmware file from above, you need to unzip it first. You can then install the firmware using Odin. If you do not know how to install Samsung firmwares safely, you can refer to our detailed guide on installing stock firmwares.