The Galaxy Note II is getting an OTA update. Hooray, right?! Eh, kind of. The update clocks in at 165MB, but it doesn't bump the Android version or even add new features. What you're getting is 165MB of updates to Google and AT&T preloaded apps.

2013-09-11 15_06_04-Update the Software for the Samsung Galaxy Note II (i317) - AT&T Wireless Suppor

The update will be pushed down to everyone automatically over the coming days, but you can check for the OTA manually from the Software Update menu. After the update, your About Device screen should still read Android 4.1.2, but baseband will be I317UCAMH3 and the kernel should be 3.0.31-1363381. This update is still a variant of the JZO54K build of Jelly Bean.


It's not the most exciting update in the world, but it's all yours. Enjoy, Galaxy Note II owners.

[AT&T – Thanks, plcline]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Ryan Markwald

    Aren't most Google applications updated via the Play Store anyways????

    Same for most of the pre-loaded stuff???

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

      Yeah, I have no idea what exactly this is for, and why it's so big, or necessary as a standalone update. I suspect there is other stuff they aren't talking about.

      • Ryan Markwald

        You're probably right. I just installed 4.1.2 TW on my S3 (location/GPS acting weird, so seeing if stock does it too), and 95% of the stock apps/bloat/Google apps updated from Google Play.

      • Joshua King

        Even if it is just updating the core apps it's great and should happen to more phones towards the end of their life cycle. Because it provides an updated clean slate for factory resets without having to Download heaps and not have the update taking precious internal storage.

        My note 1 gets full on updates alone if I don't move to SD and I refuse to root it yet.

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

    Anyone else just have this Device Management agent that usually checks for and downloads updates constantly sitting in the notification area and destroying battery, not letting the Note II go to sleep? I had to freeze it in TB weeks ago, now just tried it, and same thing.


    • jibust

      I saw it on my wife's GS4. But it was only active for a few days, while she ignored the update. It actually downloaded the update a few times over WiFi. As soon as she updated it cleared away and hasn't shown up again.

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

        See, mine shows up no matter if I have an update or not and just sits there. Your wife's is working properly.

        Mine used to work fine, but then a few weeks ago it shows up and never went away, even after reboots.

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    As long as it doesn't break any root or bootloader-unlock methods can't complain.

  • Matthew Fry

    You've got a double 'that' in the title.

  • David Li

    open the ota file

  • CKH14

    It Could just be in my head but after the update last night to CAMH 3 my Note II feels like its much faster. Especially the scrolling thru homescreens and APP drawer as well as the transition animations. In general it seems like my Note is much quicker and snappier whereas previous to the update while it was Smooth the scrolling and transitions never felt this Snappy. Admittedly I hauent used my Note 2 in a few months except here and there as I've been using my I9205s but it def feels different. placebo? maybe but its better than nothing I guess

    • Desperately hoping

      I'm going to do it in hopes that it fixes whatever bug is causing battery drain in the last update. My battery would drain significantly and show"media server"as the biggest culprit; no idea why, since nothing was running. I had isolated the drain to something related to Google play services by freezing the app, but that caused other problems. It would be nice if they would tell us the purpose of the update, but maybe they don't want to admit that their last update was flawed. Doesn't give me much confidence in this one though.

  • mrstruegemini

    Wonder if its a boat load of more privacy tracking stuff to keep up with what we do and use our devices for or something to prepare it for an up coming update

  • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

    Why won't they just update us to 4.2? Im not getting the damn note 3 so stop stalling and update me!!!!!!!
    -irrate note 2 user

  • double1

    Will never buy another Samsung again.

  • shivam

    I have got no updates..ur device has been installed with latest version....
    When i wil get a update for my note 2

  • kruptd316

    it added Samsung link for me. that's all I've seen so far

  • salindabarb

    Not sure if anyone can help, I disabled a software update and now do not know where to enable again, tried going into software up date in about device but can't find how to re enable, I was hoping it may have a fix for the connection problems I am having

    • Angel

      Use link2sd look for frozen prog or just use link2sd to uninstal or just add again in play store

  • rajmani

    I haven't got the update of galaxy note 2 165mb.....