Samsung’s Galaxy Note series is still a mystery to some. “Who would want a device so massive?” is a common statement among onlookers. Many of us prefer the 5-inch form factor, which is why past Nexus devices, Moto X’s, and others have been so popular. Despite a market saturated with devices having a 5-inch form factor, the Galaxy Note series has managed to firmly corner a market wanting much larger options.
That isn’t a bad thing. After all, that’s what Android is all about–a variety of devices to fit different personalities, likes, and dislikes. However, the Galaxy Note series has an interesting history with the original Note launching in October of 2011.
Multiple reports from Samsung have confirmed that its 2012 flagship, the Galaxy Note II will be receiving the latest Android 5.0 update. This has taken us a little by surprise considering how older devices are often neglected by OEMs. Read more
It’s been quite some time since Android launched 4.4 KitKat, but it looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Note II (Verizon) will be finally receiving the update OTA. Here’s the build number: KOT49H.I605VRUFND7
You’ll get the standard KitKat update (white icons on notification bar, bug fixes, some new apps, etc.) as well as Samsung’s add-ons including Knox 2.0. If you’re looking into a Gear 2, the Note II will now be compatible.
Source: Verizon Wireless
Last month Samsung started pushing the Android 4.4 update to international versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. U.S. customers have had to wait though while the update goes through the certification process with the different carriers. Sprint has completed that process and has started pushing the update out to owners of the device on their network.
As usual, the OTA update is being deployed in phases, so it may still be a few days before owners of the Galaxy Note II on Sprint receive a notification that the update is ready for their device. Users can go to Settings -> More tab -> System Update -> Update Samsung Software -> Check now or connect via Kies if they are impatient to see whether they have access to the update.
Owners of the international variant of the Galaxy Note II should be preparing for a software update. Samsung has issued the Android 4.4 update to the device in France and other locations are likely to join as well. The usual KitKat improvements and additions are expected and it should breathe new life to Samsung’s second generation phablet.
We will let you know when carriers in the United States start rolling out the update.
Samsung announced today the release of a new “radio” service for their devices. Powered by Slacker, the new Milk Music service offers free and ad-free radio service for consumers spanning 200 “stations.” Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters says the new service “introduces a fresh approach to music” and is part of a “focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences.” The Milk Music app is available in Google Play for owners of the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note II. When the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is released in April, the Milk Music app will be available on that device as well. Read more
Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II owners have something to look for this spring. The guys over at Android Geeks spoke with a Samsung software engineer that said they will be updated “in late Q1 2014, soon after the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 roll out.” The two devices will get Android 4.4.2. Furthermore, he says that the user interface will get minor changes and Samsung’s own software will not get any new additions.
Source: Android Geeks
It would appear that many devices are receiving the latest iteration of Jelly Bean this month. The Galaxy Note II for AT&T is no different. While T-Mobile’s Note II was the first to receive the update, the AT&T update isn’t too far behind. The new update will bring the Baseband version to I317UCUBMK6. Besides the Android 4. 3 enhancements you should see the following:
Hopefully this update will go a little smoother than the Galaxy S III update. The Galaxy Note II (GT-N7105) is now getting the Android 4.3 in Nordic countries. Owners of the phone should be excited because this is the first major update since the phone launched with Android 4.1.2.
It will probably take a few weeks for all regions to get the update, so hang tight. It will be available via KIES and over-the-air. For those of you that own carrier versions of the Note II, you will probably have to wait at least a month or two. Hit the break for the full changelog.
The Galaxy Note II is supposed to get Android 4.3 by December, and it looks like things are on track. A near final firmware (N7100XXUEMK4) leaked over the weekend for the GT-N7100 model. The official roll out will probably happen by no later than next week, and it could be as soon as today. This update brings Samsung KNOX, Samsung Wallet, and compatibility for the Galaxy Gear. The folks over at SamMobile say this build is pretty stable, so if you want to give it a try, hit the source link.