Samsung has been rolling out Galaxy Gear support to additional devices since the end of October, lumping the functionality in with updates to Android 4.3. A leaked schedule provided a timeline of when to expect various Galaxy handsets across the big four American carriers to get updated, and many OTAs started rolling out right on schedule. Others have not. The AT&T Galaxy Note II's update has been somewhat of a tortoise, but it may soon cross the finish line, as the long-awaited OTA is finally inbound.


If you've been sitting patiently watching as Note II owners on other carriers got the update sooner, you already know what to expect from this OTA.


After all the pieces are in place, your phone will have the goodies found within the last version of Jelly Bean, the ability to pair up with Samsung's $299 smartwatch, KNOX support, speed improvements, and a slew of enhancements spread out across numerous pre-installed apps. All you have to do now is wait a little bit longer.

What's new:

  • Android 4.3 OS upgrade
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear compatibility
  • Premium Suite Features
    • PEN.UP
    • Group Play 2.5
    • Multi-Window (Note 3 Version)
    • Camera – Shot & Sound
    • Group Messaging
    • Samsung Link (Preload)
    • New Easy Mode
    • Samsung Apps
  • Knox

Source: Samsung

Thanks, Sarhan Koshkarli!

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Havoc70

    Lame A$$ Verizon dead last of course.

  • Cubanito1967

    Hopefully this means that Verizon will be getting 4.3 soon!

    • Pissed

      Don't ask or call them, I had two different people tell me it was being rolled out for the S3 only to find out they didn't know what they were talking about......or they just lied!

      • Cubanito1967

        Looks like the S3 OTA is now being released! Me and my Note 2 will continue to wait it out :-(

        • Peter

          4.3 is available for your Note 2 (plug it in via usb to your comp and allow all the updates to go through) Mine's done and linked to my Galaxy Gear :)

  • Justin

    So Verizon was first to get 4.3 out for the Galaxy S4 out of any carrier, and for the Moto X first out of any carrier for 4.4, and they have already released a patch for the Galaxy S4, plus they just now finally pushed out 4.3 for the HTC One, pushed 4.2 for the DNA, 4.3 for the GS4 Mini, another Note 3 stability update, working on pushing 4.4 to the DROID line, yet there are no updates anywhere in sight for a very popular Galaxy S3 (which all other large carriers, small nobody carriers and regional and prepaid carriers have already been pushing out for well over a month now, plus some receiving stability uodates) and Note 2 (which Sprint has rolled out and now today AT&T is rolling out). Thanks Verizon! Looks like the Note 2 and Galaxy S3 users will be waiting well into January sometime for ours. Just when 4.4 will be rolling out for Galaxy phones. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    • Peter

      Not sure if Verizon announced 4.3 was available, but last night I plugged my phone into my comp via usb and allowed all the updates/upgrades to go through. My Verizon Galaxy Note 2 now has 4.3 (took 3 hours to do the upgrade/was 4.1.1) and I can link it to my Galaxy Gear! Very excited about it as this is the most badass watch ever!! :) The only thing I notice is the battery does seem to drain faster, other than that I have not noticed any issues.

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    FINALLY, now to see if root will survive this update. Fingers crossed that SuperSU pulls through.

    • Michael McGrade

      Yeah...good luck with that. I've heard it locks everything up again thanks to the addition of Knox. I hope there's some way of SU surviving it out being able to throw it back on...let us know...

      • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

        Yeah, I went on XDA and saw that someone has posted the updates files so maybe there's be an update soon for SuperSu. Guess I won't be updating today :(

  • trakace

    I hit the update button in settings and got nothing....sigh

    • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

      You have to manually change your date so it will let you continuously check for a software update until you pull it from the servers.

      • trakace

        Thanks man ima try it

        • trakace

          Well I tried it all the way up to the 25th. Still nothingin

  • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

    Jesus f'n Christ I can't believe my eyes finally!!!! Maybe I will stop slandering at&t now. Oh and for those that don't download it the first try, you may have to do the date/time trick to skip the wait line.

    • Pancho

      What date time trick?

      • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

        Turn off auto update time and date from the time/date settings menu and turn off wifi. Then manually change your date up by a day and check for software update until it pulls.

    • bossman

      How do u do the time and date trick

  • DarrenR

    Samsung took too long, Omnirom is amazing and on 4.4.

  • van

    I like the 4.3 update except the fact that my messages pop out the lock screen full name and memo. No matter what I tried it doesn't work. It's either no notification or full pop on lock screen. Does the 4.4 work for note 2 and I have the option to not receive notification on locked screen?

  • naio

    This update is only available for devices that have been upgraded to I317UCAMH3

    check here: http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp?sid=KB418382&cv=820#fbid=eKwfJNbCDH-

    • Micah Blackhart

      My phone won't update. Whats the best way to do it?

  • JWB

    I am in Stamford CT and just checked my Galaxy S3 5 minutes ago and was rewarded with the Verizon 4.3 Update which is installing right now as I type.

  • J-Beezy

    Just got the 4.3 update on verizon

  • Bryan Kean

    4.3 ota now downloading on my Verizon GS3

  • Fernando Soto

    Verizon galaxy s3 4.3 is finally here just go it right now.....

  • Bryan Kean

    Verizon 4.3 OTA download now coming down to my phone.

    • ben

      what phone do you have?

  • arash sadri

    i live in London and hear still we got android 4.1.2 and updated not coming yet for us.

    • abdullatwt

      UAE thesame :/ and our phones are directly from Samsung without carrier

  • Zebulon Mikula

    I just got 4.3 on my Verizon galaxy s3......finally.

  • Paul

    I just upgrade it yesterday and it is draining the battery twice as fast or even more, terrible , sometimes it's very slow to do things and sometimes even turn of the display. I hope they fix that soon, I upgraded my note 2 with At&t

    • rampagerome

      The same exact thing happens with my note 2 on at&t....... sh

  • Salman

    Why does it say Kernel version 3.0? Doesn't Jellybean and above require Kernel 3.1 or above?

    Not to mension that there have been a host of new performance improvements in Kernel 3.4, because of the addition of iON memory manager.

    Well even if you guys didn't get it now, you'll be bound to get it in the Android 4.4 update...

  • BodySlamINC

    I been having problems with this update. I'm on AT&T with a Note 2,
    it gets up to about 42% and says update was interrupted. I am thinking
    maybe because it's rooted? I 'unrooted' my phone, and it's downloading
    the update, will update later. But, if anybody has an suggestions in the

    • Linda

      I had the same problem with my note 2. I restarted it and I had to restart it twice and it finally took the update. It took a little over an hour.

  • Paul

    Today is the second day after the upgrade to Android 4.3 and the consumption of the battery came back to normal. Good

  • miz

    I have a att note2 unlocked on tmobile and cant get the update work is it because it unlocked?

    • James Graves

      I have the same. And I notice my build number is a bit different then what is being pushed out. Smh

  • nkr.personal.1

    I am now in upgrade mode in london. Done 50%.Heard new upgrade drains the battery. SHOULD I stop??

  • Paul

    Battery still draining faster with Android 4.3 in the note 2 with at&t, 60 % faster, no good.

    • schonmaster

      Did you notice any signal improvement after 4.3 update? If that's draining the batter, that'll be just fine with me

  • http://www.clippingpathindia.com/clipping-path-service.html Bijutoha

    I am from Bangladesh, Could you tell me please is there update in my Galaxy note 2 ? Actually I really ambiguity about it .

    • Hacker Cat

      Don't wish for it. Troublesome update.

  • Vivek Chavhan

    Hello All,

    My AT&T android still doesnt show up the Android 4.3 Update....

    Current Android Version : 4.1.2
    Baseband Number : I317UCAMC3

    When ever I check for Software update, it says "Your software up-to date" and When I connect through Samsung Kies and check for Update, Samsung Kies says "Your Firmware is not Supported"...

    Please suggest. Thank in advance.

  • Paul

    After the third day of upgrade to Android 4.3 the consumption of the battery came back to normal. Thanks God

  • thetabbitnews

    What is in there for me to upgrade to 4.3?
    Nothing. I am not looking for the Gear spport. Knox is not there. It seems to drain the battery more. It killed some of my application.
    I switched from iPhone to Samsung for the ability to play with what I can do with the phone. If Samsung and AT&T start doing the same thing as Apple has been doing, why should I not stay with simple and easy to use iphone?

  • zain

    I am using a samsung gti9300 and i have changed the time but still havent got the update. Im in the uk. Any help?

  • Micah Blackhart

    My galaxy note 2 said I needed to update and now I can't update the phone. What should I do to get the update?

    • Hacker Cat

      Nothing. Wait!! It has big problems... read about it...

  • bossman

    Well my note2 will not update the new 4.3 so I cant use my galaxy gear watcj yet that messed up I had another word to say but ok