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.
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.
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.
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.
When the Galaxy Note 3 launched, many people were up in arms over a SIM Regional Lock policy that Samsung implemented, which made it difficult for people to import the global version. At first, it appeared the Note 3 would only work with the SIM for the country that the particular model was intended for. Then it was later clarified that if you powered on the phone with the proper SIM (from the country it was intended for), then it would be unlocked and could be used anywhere. However, many people found this wasn’t the case.
Now Samsung has chimed in again with more clarification on how it works. Apparently there is one more step that is needed in order to free the phone of the Regional Lock: Once the phone is powered on with the proper SIM, you will need to make or received calls for a total of 5 minutes. Once that is completed, the Regional Lock will be removed. Now if you have no way of doing this because you’re in the U.S. with a European model, you can still go to a Samsung Care Center, and they will unlock it for you.