As of today, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE N7105 is starting to receive the official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OTA update. This is the first major update rolled out for the Galaxy Note 2 since the phablet’s debut, as the 5.5-inch smartphone was released with Android 4.1.2 and has been stuck on the version ever since. For some reason, Samsung decided that both the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 should skip Android 4.2.
The official Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7105 brings most of the software features that were introduced by Galaxy S4 and Note 3, along with the redesigned TouchWiz, tabbed Settings interface, and other performance improvements. We are also glad to announce you that, unlike the firmware update that was released for Galaxy S3, Android 4.3 for Galaxy Note 2 is very stable.
Samsung failed to release and official changelog for the Android 4.3 update for Galaxy Note 2 LTE, but the folks at Sammobile managed to compile a list of changes and improvements. According to them, after you update your Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.3 you will be able to enjoy lockscreen widgets, Daydream, Driving Mode, actionable notifications, Quick Settings in Notifications area (with customizable toggles), Galaxy S4-like UI, and new screen modes.
After the new firmware is installed you will also get Samsung KNOX, Samsung Wallet, and Galaxy Gear compatibility, along with TRIM support, improved RAM management, updated GPU drivers, and move-apps-to-SD card feature.
If you hoped that the official Android 4.3 update will bring Note 3’s S Pen-optimized features on your Galaxy Note 2 we have bad news for you, as Air Command, the new S Note, Action Memo, etc. were not included in the new build.
The Android OTA update was already rolled out for the Indian Galaxy Note 2, but more countries will follow soon after. This is a staged roll out so you might not get the new firmware right away. Moreover, the unlocked Note 2 units will be the first to get the update, so if you have a carrier-locked models you will have to wait a couple of weeks.
If you haven’t received the system update notification on your Galaxy Note 2 you can also check for it manually by heading to Settings > About phone > Software Update > Check for updates, or by grabbing the USB cable and connecting the device to the PC via KIES.
Did you receive the Android 4.3 OTA update on your Galaxy Note 2 today? Please, let us know in comments.