Samsung is testing the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update with a November or December release date in the plans, according to the latest leaks from Samsung insiders.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update will reportedly bring some of the new Galaxy Note 3 features to the Note 2, like the new Air Command S Pen pop up with fast access to S Pen commands and apps.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date is finally here, and it looks like Samsung is pushing this update out a little but to give the Galaxy Note 3 additional time with these exclusive new features in an attempt to convince users to upgrade. This decision could be due to reports of weak Galaxy Note 3 sales in Korea.
Breaking: Samsung has just started testing Android 4.3 for the #GalaxyNoteII.
— SAMMobile (@SamMobiles) September 25, 2013
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is almost a year old, and Samsung skipped the Android 4.2 update for this device to focus on Android 4.3 which Google announced this summer.
According to SamMobile, Samsung is now testing the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update, a necessary step towards bringing the update to the Note 2.
SamMobile reports that the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.3 update release is planned for late November or December, which will allow Galaxy Note 3 users to enjoy the new features before Samsung adds them to the older device. This update will also reportedly bring the newest TouchWiz version and updates to Samsung apps.
In addition to the new Android 4.3 features and Galaxy Note 3 features this update will bring support for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch that Samsung announced at the Unpacked event with the Galaxy Note 3. This smart watch will then be able to connect to a Galaxy Note 2 and act as a bluetooth headset on your wrist, sync photos and alerts to the Galaxy Note 2 and should be able to use the Smart Relay feature which allows an email being read on the wrist to show up on the Galaxy Note when it is unlocked.
If the official Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 doesn’t arrive until December for the first devices this could mean an even longer wait for carrier specific versions of the Android 4.3 update which will need to pass additional testing and go through added customizations. Savvy users will likely find Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 ROMs in the near future which may be compatible with the AT&T Galaxy Note 2 and other carrier specific models.