Verizon just started pushing Android 4.1.2 to the Galaxy Note II. AT&T will start offering that same update to the original Note tomorrow, May 3rd.

Update: The word on the street is that this update is already available through Kies. Hook up and get it!


While the Android version bump is the same, however, everything else about this one is quite a bit different. Here's what you an expect post-update:

Software update includes

  • Popup note: Allows user to instantly write down directions, phone numbers, and other information while on a call.
  • Popup Video and Browser: Allows user to watch video or browse the web while performing other tasks.
  • Photo note and frame: Allows user to write down notes on the front and back of a photo.
  • Easy clip: Allows user to crop an image from any screen and save or share easily.
  • Paper artist: Provides an emotional & aesthetic photo editing experience.
  • Handwriting on S planner and email: Handwrite memos or send handwritten notes via email.
  • Enhanced S note: More effects & templates were added.

Unfortunately, this one's only going to be available via Samsung's Kies software, so be ready to tether to a computer for a while if you want to  pull it down. Sadface.


Cameron Summerson
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  • http://profiles.google.com/bjh2379 Robert Haegele

    Does this mean the tmobile updates coming too? ?

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  • Rohan Blake

    and people wonder why samsung makes the most money with their galaxy brand

  • rickneworleansla

    Updating Now!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      So it's already out?

  • vick

    i get a message saying firmware not supported for update in KIES - anyone else know how to solve this issue - do we need to wait for an update to KIES app now?

    • Michael Davidson

      Same here

      • Samsung Fanboy

        update to latest version of Kies, unmount your micro SD card then try again--it worked for me.

    • Kendall Cabrera

      Flash back to a stock ROM and then connect to KIES. You can also just pull the image from sammobile.com and flash it through ODIN. Know this... it will delete everything if you do. make backups of any personal and media files you wish to keep and store them on your computer before adding the firmware. If you are already on stock and having this issue, make sure you aren't rooted and do the update through KIES if you want to maintain your info.

      • Samsung Fanboy

        Im on stock, never rooted my Note and Im having the same issues as Vick.

    • Samsung Fanboy

      I had the same issue and this is how I fixed it. I don't know why, but it worked.

      1. update to the latest version of Kies if you haven't already.
      2. unmount your micro SD card.
      3. apply the update.

      I was getting an error about needing 100mb of free space (I had over 600) and this was confusing and frustrating. I unmounted my SD card and that solved the problem.

  • Kendall Cabrera

    There is a ridiculous amount of bloatware apps in the update. Someone get some root on this thing so we can lighten the load.

    • Richard

      I rooted the jb update by flashing twrp through odin and allowing it to install supersu. YMMV, of course.

  • andrew__des_moines

    Finally! Bring on the Project Butter.

  • Robert LaBrayere

    What about the galaxy s3?! Why would they update an older devise before they would the the gs3?! I hate AT&T! Been waiting for the 4.1.2 premium sweet forever while sitting back and watching everyone else get the update and now they update an older devise! what the hell!! I feel like kicking someones ass!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mannyfresh8716 Manny Munoz

      Don't you think that note owners have had to wait long enuff why shouldn't they get the update before the s3 like u said it came out before the s3 so they should get the update first if s3 had come out first I would be saying the same thing

  • Кристина

    Это ужасно!После обновления многие приложения перестали работать,музыка не воспроизводится,да и вообще работа телефона очень медленна!

    • Ленька

      Согласен. Таже херня. Рутну и сделаю т.к. я хочу

  • Bob

    I can't seem to download it. It gets stuck in the download-to-computer phase at 0% and doesn't budge. Tried all sorts of things, even left it going over night.