Android 4.3 update now available for Samsung Galaxy Note II

Good news for those waiting for the Android 4.3 update on the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the update is now available. Just head to the settings, about and tap the software update, then check for the update and it should start downloading the 700MB 4.3 OS.

I am using the Galaxy Note II and have already initiated the update, it is currently downloading, check the progress via images, I will update with more images as when it happens. It’s over the air update, you will need a good Wi-Fi connection or 3G connection (do note the size is around 700 MB just in case if you are planning to use the 3G connection).

With 4.3 running on Galaxy Note II the handset will become compatible with the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch. The new updated will improve performance, come with new keyboard, lock screen, some new camera modes and more.

Samsung had rolled out 4.3 updates for the Galaxy S3 but after complaints from many users they had suspended the update on S3. This would have delayed the 4.3 update on Note 2, but to my surprise its finally here.

I hope to see more of the features as seen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. For now the update is downloading, stay tuned for more on this.

Updated is completed, the handset seems to be working fine. The S-Pen features are the same as it was before, no new features from Note 3 has been implemented. There some new options, lock screen etc.

Key highlights

  • Compatibility with gear.
  • Overall performance improvement.
  • KNOX feature added for consumers.
  • Improved UI and adjustments.
  • Security enhancements.

My personal data was intact during and after the update.

{ 69 Responses }

  1. sarmad says

    gogi bhai my note 2 comsume much
    batery in stand by mode while power saver on . I
    hav upgraded it to 4.3 already . its comsume abt
    20% in hour in standby mode . what to do

    • Gogi Rana says

      Hi, I also updated but am getting a very good battery life. I have stopped using 2X battery app that I was before the 4.3 update. I think it could be some issue with some app that may be loading the CPU and causing power drain. I would suggest check the apps that you are not using and remove them, also check the settings -> battery and see which app is consuming more juice.

  2. nishad says

    Hi Gogi,

    I have been experiencing some sort of lagging after updating to 4.3 version.
    Did you also observed the same in your note 2 aswell?


    • Gogi Rana says

      Hi no did not experience lag, yes at times I do feel it a slow but rarely. Battery life has improved.

      • nishad says

        Hi Gogi,
        I do agree that the battery life definitely got improved but not the performance:(

  3. satabdi dash says

    I am from bhubaneswar. When I tried to see software updates of my note 2 its showing that the latest version is already installed. It running on 4.1.2. Please help how to upgrade to 4.3.

  4. romysodhi says

    i upgraded my galaxy note 2 to android 4.3 from kies as i was not getting the update from ota.But i want to ask u dear gogi that after upgrade did u get `samsung wallet`application preinstalled as people from other countries are getting it but i did not get it.Any other user having same issue of not getting `samsung wallet` preinstalled in 4.3 upgrade?please answer

  5. nishad says

    Hey Gogi,

    The OTA update is working now. I am doing an update now. It’s goin on..
    Guys and girls, please check it out once. You may also get it.
    May be, this is happening phase by phase!!?

  6. hitesh says

    gogi my note 2 is rooted and whenever I tap software update option it says that your software has been modified, no updates are avaioable how can I update my note 2

    • Gogi Rana says

      Oh, well in that case better visit the service center, they will flash it with the new OS, all data will be erased.

    • Bhadresh says

      Check the package you used for rooting your phone,it must be having an option to unroot as well, i am using Karbonn a9+, rooted it and had to flash the phone as 3G network was not showing up, the superuser app already had unrooting option which i selected and successfully unrooted the phone getting the phone flashed under warranty.

      ALternatively you can check, hope this helps.