T-Mobile customers with the Galaxy Note II, your day has finally arrived: the Jelly Bean 4.3 over-the-air update is finally rolling out, according to this XDA thread. Samsung's Galaxy S4, S III, and the Note II have been getting the same update on other American carriers, but T-Mobile is behind the leaked release schedule (though not by much). The Note II is the last Samsung phone on T-Mobile scheduled to get the update, at least for the moment.

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Screenshot credits: ardcifliku, @limatic

In addition to compatibility with Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the update should add all the Android 4.3 features you've been craving, plus some new TouchWiz goodies and a few visual changes to keep the interface in line with the newer Galaxy Note 3. The update is reportedly available via the usual channels: either activated by an OTA prompt, a manual refresh in the settings, or downloaded and installed via Samsung's Kies software. Keep in mind that the OTA update is probably being sent out in waves, and it may be a few days before it gets to you.

The update is an impressive 615 megabytes, so you might want to connect to a WiFi hotspot for speed if nothing else. As usual, it will probably break root (or simply fail if you've got root or a custom recovery), so it's best to wait for a new root method on stock firmware if you rely on those apps. Now Samsung users can settle in for the long wait to Android 4.4.

Source: XDA Developers (thanks, Shadab Tamboli!)

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • tekfr33kn

    .......and VZW Note 2 owners patiently wait for........??????

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

      There's a VZW leak here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2561450. It must be close.

      • tekfr33kn

        Yeah, I saw that earlier this morning. Here's hoping. I still and kinda PO'd. When i had my Bionic, everyone said get a Samsung cuz they update quickly. Yup, uh-huh...

  • Havoc70

    And Verizon is last as usual..

    • LordOv

      Wrong. AT&T still waits....

  • Justin

    Supposedly a guy on xda got the vzw gn2 4.3 just a few days ago, build jss15j.I605vruemj9 kernel 3.0.31 built Thursday Nov. 19th. Should be coming soon.

    • Havoc70

      Hopefully that isnt Verizon's "Soon" as that will be another 6 months. lol

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


      • Justin

        I do apologize Artem.

        • Christopher Woodward

          LOL^^ Seriously though Verizon is slow.. if I didnt need the coverage!

  • Justin

    He also posted a video of it running on YouTube and posted other screenshots of the UI, settings, etc.

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

      The reply button.

  • Justin

    Check xda's verizon galaxy note 2 forums

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


  • Chris

    Yeah, now we can hear people gripe about how they don't have 4.4 yet. Vicious cycle...

  • New_Guy


  • wildguess

    I got my Wind Mobile OTA update on December 2nd, and it is basically the same model - T889V.

  • Keith Cason

    If ur using a unlocked note 2 how is the phone sftware upgraded? My about device in settings keeps checking the AT&T server for update to software but Im on the t-mobile band. Any suggestions

  • George Hourani

    I have the note 2 international n7100 I moved back to the us and I am on t mobile network now. They say that tmobile got the ipdatw what should I do it does not have a update on my phone I checked Please help

  • Alex P.

    My Canadian Wind Mobile Note II SGH-889V updated to 4.4.2 KitKat this morning.
    It is a similar to T-Mobile's Note II SGH-889 model.