Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Update Rolls Out: What You Need to Know

After weeks and weeks of waiting, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update has started rolling out to users. Of course, in true Samsung fashion, the roll out, at this point, only applies to a select few Galaxy Note 2 users with the rest of the updates likely to roll out in the weeks ahead. Now that the roll out has begun, we take a look at what Galaxy Note 2 owners need to know about the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update roll out.

In September, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 3, its brand new phablet and a device that hit shelves in early October. The Galaxy Note 3 wasn’t the only thing that it announced on stage in Berlin, however. The company also debuted the Galaxy Gear, a smartwatch-like accessory that went on sale along with the Galaxy Note 3. The company also announced updates for the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S4, updates that would bring Galaxy Gear support.

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At the time, Samsung did not confirm these updates to be Android 4.3 updates though with the software bringing Bluetooth Low Energy support, they were assumed to be Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It took a few weeks, and a few rumors and leaks, but Samsung finally confirmed the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 updates for arrival.

The company outlined their features including Galaxy Gear support and Samsung Knox though it declined to offer users specific release dates. Samsung rarely offers specific timing for software updates so this wasn’t surprising. In the weeks since, we’ve seen the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update roll outs begin. Rumors suggested that the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update would arrive this month though no one, not even Samsung, would confirm that.

Today, after a fairly lengthy wait, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean roll out finally started. To mark the occasion, we want take a look at the most important things users need to know about the brand new update and the first major update for the Galaxy Note 2.

Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Roll Out Par for the Course

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update roll out is playing out exactly like we expected it to. Samsung roll outs typically start with one variant in one region. Soon after, the update will then spread to another device, then another, and then land in places like the United States. This is almost exactly how this roll out has started.

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Today, we’ve seen two devices get the update, as opposed to one, and two regions see the update as opposed to one. Perhaps, a sign that Samsung is trying to speed things up. The Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 is just now receiving the software in India while the Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7105, the LTE model, is seeing the update in Nordic countries.

Again, this staggered approach is exactly what we expected and it means that the roll out should continue in the coming days so Galaxy Note 2 owners need to know to be patient.

Galaxy Note 2 U.S. Roll Out Could Begin Tomorrow

Several weeks ago, a leaked calendar for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates in the United States leaked out. And while it has been accurate for Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates, it has proven inaccurate for Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 updates in the United States. So, that means that U.S. owners need to know that tomorrow’s rumored roll outs may not happen.

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Both AT&T and Sprint are rumored to be delivering their Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update tomorrow. Neither carrier has announced anything and we’ve seen the carriers miss their presumed Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update release dates, meaning, there is a good chance that they will miss on tomorrow’s dates as well. That said, Galaxy Note 2 owners on AT&T and Sprint should be on the look out tomorrow.

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 Update Could Be Weeks Out

T-Mobile just became the first carrier in the United States to roll out the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update in the United States. However, the leaked schedule points to the carrier being last to the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update following in the footsteps of the AT&T (11/20), Sprint (11/20), and Verizon (11/29) Android 4.3 updates.


The carrier’s Galaxy Note 2 update will presumably roll out on December 2nd which means that users could potentially be waiting a few weeks for the update to arrive. Of course, nothing is set in stone. While the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update is on track, we saw the T-Mobile Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update miss yesterday’s presumed release.

Two Installation Methods, For Some

Today’s Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean roll out on T-Mobile is available over OTA and Samsung Kies. This is important because it means that there is a good chance that at least some Galaxy Note 2 users in the United States will be able to cut down on the long waits for the Over-the-Air updates and install manually with Samsung’s Kies software.

Of course, there is no guarantee that T-Mobile or any other carriers will offer the update by way of Samsung Kies but today’s Galaxy S3 push means that there is a chance that T-Mobile, at the very least, will.

We don’t, at this point, expect the software to leak ahead of time as we have not see any Android 4.3 updates leak for Galaxy devices ahead of time. Instead, users will be forced to wait for the official roll out.

Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Update Issues

Galaxy Note 2 users interested in the Android 4.3 update should know to proceed with caution once the update does arrive. Already, we’ve seen issues halt the updates for Galaxy S3 users in the United Kingdom and Galaxy S4 users on AT&T. It’s also clear that something made Sprint delay its Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 roll out from its original November 6th roll out date.

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The Galaxy Note 2 uses software that is similar to the Galaxy S3 and there is a good chance that we could see some issues emerge in the days ahead. Even if there aren’t issues, we advise Galaxy Note 2 owners to practice some patience when it comes to their Android 4.3 Jelly Bean roll outs. While it may be tempting to install the software when it becomes available, it might be better to sit back and wait for user feedback.

If feedback is poor, it may be worth staying on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for just awhile longer. If the feedback is overwhelmingly positive, then it’s probably safe to install the software. Keep these Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 issues in mind as the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 roll out progresses.