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Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update still dragging heels

Under: Android OS, Phone Software
Date: January 8th, 2014

During the later part of last year Samsung pushed out some new firmware for a number of handsets that quickly caused some serious issues for owners, and while some of these have now been ironed out and updates resumed the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update is still dragging its heels for some owners of the device.

Many regions have now seen the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update arriving for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which came after the software had some serious issues for other Galaxy devices that included the S3.

This has now been fixed with downloads commencing before Christmas but there are still owners of the Galaxy Note 2 waiting for the new firmware to arrive. Australian carrier Telstra are pretty good in keeping their customers informed about upcoming new firmware releases, but has yet to start the process of updating the Note 2 with Android 4.3.

The carrier has now listed the update as to be confirmed with no actual release date in sight, and French carrier SFR have stated that it has hit problems with the operating system during testing, but many owners would rather wait to get a stable version of the OS instead of one riddled with bugs.

Trouble is the handset has been tipped like the Galaxy S3 to get updated to Android 4.4 KitKat at some point, which will again repeat the long drawn out process all over again.

This compares to HTC that is already started getting KitKat out to the HTC One and will speed the process up in the coming weeks, and even the Motorola G has been treated to Android 4.4 but many will point to Google’s involvement as the cause of this.

Have you got a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 still waiting for Android 4.3?

Source: GottaBe Mobile.

Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update still dragging heels

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  • Teriann Shrum

    I personally don’t believe I’ll see the update for my Note 2. This is a ridiculous way to move forward.

    • Tone Mayo

      Go into your settings and check for updates, mine didn’t apply it either

      • Teriann Shrum

        Thank you! I did as suggested and there was an update, but it gave me 4.1.2 and not 4.3.
        After the Note 2 rebooted itself, it gave the message that the upgrade could not be installed at this time. Not sure why. …. but I’ll keep checking to see what happened.

        • Naseer

          My device is from middle east saudi Arabia have not received the update yet . Still on old 4.1.2

  • ffkappele

    Got mine before New Years Day. If for nothing else the ability to clean up my internal memory and truly use a 64 gig memory card is worth it. I haven’t had any problems I could tell.

  • trakace

    I use a gn2 on at&t and still have now 4.3

  • Andrew Rao

    I downloaded an update some weeks ago. Installed it. Checked the OS version: still 4.1.2 ! So what the hell did I download?

    • trakace

      Software update not a os update. It was to update certain apps not the os itself

  • Sudish

    S3 4.3 update had already started rolling around my areas but for note 2 it’s still in the air. I don’t think they will update note 2.

    • Louise S Milward

      Hi
      I have GN2 and 4.3 update. I like it so far runs smoother than before.But seems to have a couple of issues: battery time is about half of what it was before upgrade…freezes at start up frequently…wi fi is a bit weird as well. Other than that I love my note 2.

  • Andrew

    4.3 for the Note 2 was released by South African carriers during December but has been withdrawn again as it was buggy with Wi-Fi, battery and font issues

  • Morris Saunyama

    Im on Vodafon Australia, still waiting for my android update for my Note II. It sucks

  • Dave

    I updated my note 2 os to 4.3 and it has ruined it! My text msg display has massive characters (which I can’t change!!!) and the overall general display colour has been hyped up and I can’t change that either.
    Why can’t they just push out the old os again so at least we can go back to our original settings until they get it all sorted out? Or would that just be too easy!
    I wish I had not updated, this is a really poor show from Samsung I thought they were better than this.
    Pissed of user.

    • blissy52

      Use the volume keys to change the text size while in text messaging

  • Khai Alabaster II

    4.3 version really socks. It drain my battery even in save mode and it’s not normal when I charge my battery for 8 hours. Still not full. Please update to the new version or let us update back to 4.1.2!

  • Tim Nardoni

    On AT&T in the USA: I had not received the 4.3 update for Galaxy Note II, but after reading this article, I did a manual Software Update/Search and it found it. 695 MB, took about 45 minutes to download and install. Works fine, so far.

  • christina

    dont update your Note 2 till the bugs are out . the video player doesnt work .. it crashes .. i’m telling you keep the 4.1 and be grateful for now till they get it fixed .. I cant even use my new note 2 of 3 weeks because of this update .. (on verizon ) going to have to buy the note 3 and take this back

  • richard

    4.3 is much faster and more stable had it on my n7100 for a while and not 1 issue also games seem much smoother

  • blissy52

    I have updated to 4.3 on my note 2 and i have always used the 3×3 favourite contacts widget. And after update i re entered all 9 favourite contacts but the middle left contact keeps disappearing. When i put it back it goes again after 10 mins. Also on the accasional day the widget will blur and inlarge itself which leaves me barely able to make anything out. This is my only problem with 4.3. Im not sure if its the software or a virus on my phone maybe. Any ideas please?

  • Michael Ochieng

    I updated my Note 2 last week and since then I have regretted!! My phone is slower, it freezes and the contacts don’t download easily, you have to keep switching on and off. My battery life has also reduced all of a sudden!! Please fix this problem

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