The Galaxy Note II came out over a year ago rocking Android 4.1.1. That was great at the time, but now that a giant KitKat statue is standing up in front of the Googleplex, it's time to move things along. Samsung never bothered with bringing 4.2.2 to the Note 2, but customers will likely forgive them now that 4.3 is rolling out to devices across the globe. It's moving in phases, though, so for the time being the only models to start receiving the update have been the GT-N7100 and the GT-N7105.


In addition to Android 4.3, this update introduces support for Galaxy Gear smartwatches, Samsung KNOX, and Samsung Wallet. It updates many of the Note II's stock apps and speeds things up under the hood with better RAM management and newer GPU drivers. The core UI now matches that of the Galaxy S4 and Note 3.

The leak we shared last month suggests that the AT&T and Sprint Note II will start receiving updates tomorrow, with Verizon following on the 29th, and T-Mobile's coming on December 2nd. These dates aren't set in stone though, so stay tuned.

Via: SamMobile [1],[2]

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  • Mark

    I'll be shocked if VZW isn't the last US carrier to push out the update.

  • Nikolya

    Do you know when Russian Note 2 will have this update?

  • Herbert Portillo

    The Note 2 actually launched with 4.1.1. A minor detail. It had the 4.1.2 update later on.

    • jasopan

      Don't know about anyone else, but that 'minor' patch sorta ruined battery life for me.
      Before, the battery was amazing, lasting <1.5 days with about 5+ screen on time, but afterward, it only lasted about a day with 4-4.5 screen on.

      Hopefully 4.3 can bring that battery life back.

    • Primalxconvoy

      Nope. Not all of them did. My one didn't, for example.

      • Roh_Mish

        It launched with 4.1.1 but you bought the device after update. Now since the Note 2 update has rolled out, all the Note 2 being manufactured now will be flashed with 4.3. So if someone buys that device, it will be 4.3

        • Primalxconvoy

          I'm not sure if we'll get it in Japan as they rarely update their phones. Money money money.

          • Roh_Mish

            Hah. So yours is a carrier version. Then their update will vary depending on the carrier. I use the international version (we buy unlocked in my country) and although expencive, you are free to use it anyhow and get update first.

  • http://nrajesh.com Rajesh

    About time! I was praying they shouldn't be skipping this and claiming they'll directly provide KitKat! Hope this is a much better 4.3 than what or friends with Galaxy S3 have received :) Btw, by saying core UI matches Note 3 does it also imply the new S Pen menu. That would be cool!

  • Sebastian Nuñez Del Prado

    I have the At&t version of the galaxy note 2. Rooted with CWM recovery. Running stock 4.1.2
    My question is will I be able to get the 4.3 ota update and install it with no problems? And if so would supersu's survival mode keep my root? Thanks for.the help!

    • Joey Colclough

      Simple answer is no via the OTA as it'll come up modified due to it been rooted.
      Best off to download the zip from SamMobile and flash it manually. Also Knox is an utter pain in the backside, so root and completely disable it via Titanium.

  • Steve Belongie

    I hope US Cell does not take to long to update. I just want to have to have to have 4.3 features could care less about the touch wiz stuff.

  • Primalxconvoy

    This had better be better than the update for the note 1. It was so bad, it prompted my gf to go and buy an iPhone 5c. Such was its slowness (and she loved her note 1).

  • Vicks

    I updated my note2 bu there is no Samsung wallet in India update as reported above

    • Roh_Mish

      I am still waiting...

    • Sandypac

      Yes no Samsung wallet and my battery sucks now... very bad battery life.. i dont understand what 4.3 did

  • Roh_Mish

    I still havent recieved the update.

  • omilli

    did anyone get there update yet? they keep moving the date back. or are they making up lies?

  • sid

    Awesome update phones' faster, battery life's increased and all the applications are so soo smooth!!! And freakin awesome keyboard

    • omilli

      Were are you from I still haven't gotten a update.

  • Sandypac

    How is the battery life after update N2 to 4.3, please share.... mine battery life is very less, on 4.1.2 it was better

    • Sébastien Sergerie Brissette

      Not much change from 4.1.2 really.

    • Sandra Lugo

      I just updated at 2 days ago by update my battery life lasted at a day and a half now after update it only last at 6 hours

    • Sandra Lugo

      Let me know if u figure out a way to make the battery last longer

  • badjohn

    What a waste if no No S - pen features are includes. Seem the upgrade is jut to allow more users to access galaxy gear. Basically a stick up 5 he wazoo after waiting almost a torturous year.

    • Sébastien Sergerie Brissette

      It improves performance. It is even smoother now. Notification panel was changed, settings menu are more organized the general UI got revamped (not just the home screen but the built in apps like music player, video player and camera.) really worth it.

  • peta bread

    I have a n7100 but when I tap on "update" it says that I have the latest version, which is 4.1.2.
    I live in the USA if that makes any difference

    • Sébastien Sergerie Brissette

      It is said to come tomorrow to the 3rd of December.

  • Shibajyoti Chakraborty

    I cannot understand what better ram management means against 4.3 update. While running on 4.1.2 ram consumption in idle conditions was 700 to 850 my but after update to 4.3 minimum consumption is more than 1 gb. Lock screen lag increased. Battery drains fast even in idle conditions. Hope that Samsung will resolve the same asap.

    • Sébastien Sergerie Brissette

      First update was buggy, the one they are releasing from now on works flawlessly, my phone is now faster.

    • Atfan

      I'm suffering the same problem right here, kinda sucks actually -_-

  • Lave Camions

    im getting it now as we speak im from Canada unlocked note 2 from rogers but on bell nettwork

  • Sébastien Sergerie Brissette

    Just got the 4.3 update today on my note 2 from Bell (i317m) and I'm loving it. Even if it had no Lag under 4.1.2, 4.3 made it even faster. Also I don't have the battery drain people reported when 4.3 was live for the international version. This update is amazing and it's a must get for galaxy users. There's now rumors that we may get 4.4 during spring or summer. Looking forward to it for sure!

  • Big Sexy

    I installed 4.3 on my Note 2 yesterday. Battery life went down the tubes. The Battery screen shows "Android System" as using 24% of resources, followed by Chrome at 19% and Screen at 16%. Screen shots from others show "Android System" at 2%. Battery went from 38% to 11% during my 45 minute drive to work. Overnight, the battery, I'm sure, charged to 100% when I checked at 5 am, but was 38% when I got up at 7:15.

  • cklow

    How to update the android version with my GT-N7100 unlocked version here...
    will my data lost after i updated? for example my number and messages.

  • dee s

    I didnt get the upgrade yet ..does anyone know when at&t will get it

  • Ons Ben Hmida

    My galaxy note 2 android versn was 4.2.1 but the update turned it out to have the 4.3 that i dislike the most i didnt like and still dont like this version. So how can i downgrade it to 4.2.1 again? Help me plz

  • hassan

    Am in Dubai my devise is running 4 1 2
    And it says the is last version
    2014 February 9
    Plzz help