The International variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note II are receiving the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, and the models include GT-N7100 and GT-N7105. This is certainly a good news because after a long wait, finally Samsung is sending the updates to both the 3G and 4G variants of the Note II and it includes a big list of changes and updates from the current version. Just similar to the 4.3 update for the other high-end Samsung Galaxy smartphones, this one for the Note II comes with the support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. And there is a support for the Samsung KNOX enterprise security layer.
Let’s start with the big list of features and changes that are going to come in the Android 4.3 update for Galaxy Note II.
- Support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch
- TRIM support for the faster performance
- Pre-loaded Samsung Knox and Samsung Wallet
- Better management of RAM
- New Samsung Keyboard
- Updated GPU drivers
- New lock screen with multiple widgets
- Driving Mode
- Actionable notifications
- Move-to-SD-card feature
- New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
- New Additions in Notification Centre
- New Settings UI with the tabbed interface
- Voice control implementation
- New S Voice
- Full Screen Samsung Apps
There are a lot of minor changes which overall makes the interface different and good at performance, and the update hasn’t rolled out to every place at the same time, and as Samsung follows this method, they send timely updates to particular regions so that there are no issues of download speeds or server errors. You might see the update sent to your Note II any time soon, and for now we can confirm that the Nordic countries have got the update already for the 4G version.
To check whether there is an OTA update to Android 4.3 available on your Galaxy Note II, go to Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update and check manually. If there is no update, then you will just have to wait until Samsung pushes it the devices in your region any time soon. If you already want to update your device, go to this tutorial – update Galaxy Note II to Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean.