Samsung Galaxy Note 2

New interface elements and features borrowed from the Note 3 included

Samsung has stated that it's on track to have a Galaxy Gear-supporting update ready for the Galaxy Note 2 by year's end, and it looks based on a leak today that that update will also be to Android 4.3. A full build of test firmware for the international (GT-N7100) variant of the Galaxy Note 2 has leaked, giving us a look at a mid-cycle but relatively complete build.

The firmware has a new interface that draws from what's seen on the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, and includes new features like Samsung Knox and Samsung Wallet. It is said that Samsung is pretty rapidly working on the software and new builds are coming out every two days, so things are likely to change some between now and the official release.

The test firmware (build N7100XXUEMJ5) is available to be flashed on your own Note 2 provided you have the right model, and the folks at SamMobile claim that this will not increase your flash counter. If you're willing and able to flash the test build yourself, keep in mind the regular caveats of the likelihood that there are bugs and issues in the build.

More: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 forums

Source: SamMobile

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About time only thing keeping me from picking up a note 3

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Rockee kun says:

Me too

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TravsS says:

Cant wait to get all the new features on 4.3, I just might skip the note 3.

mhmmdy123 says:

The difference between the Note2 and the Note3 is the hardware and the proccessor. After the Note2 receive the 4.3 OS update, it`ll be not much of any.

2jjordan12 says:

I have to agree with u...the note 2 with note 3 software will hold me over till the note 4 comes out

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mwara244 says:

Let's hope they won't wait as long to do updates when 4.4 comes out.

s2weden2000 says:

the note 2 is not gonna get 4.4...they said it 3 months ago it will stay on 4.3

s2weden2000 says:

it wont get all the features...

Kitt_Katt says:

I'm sorry to inform you but you are incorrect. It will have all of the features. It has also been confirmed that the Note 2 will also get 4.4 KitKat along with the S4. This will be the last major update for the Note 2 and at the same time the Nexus 5 will roll out.

David Horgan says:

Why do people say "Im skipping the (insert current model, but is brand new) and I'm going to get the (next model not even out yet)? I see it all the time.

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UJ95x says:

It makes sense, if you upgrade every year you only get small upgrades, if you get it every two years it's worth the money

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Johnny Z says:

Yes, but if you upgrade every year, assuming you take good care of your phone, it doesn't cost any more than waiting 2 years.

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drokssilva says:

I have an issue with your signature. Lima bean is not a yummy treat. And android is not disgusting like Lima beans

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UJ95x says:


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Oh, you're one of those who live in fantasy land with subsidized (or financed) phones. Those of us who live in the real world have to pay full price (up front) for devices and see no reason to upgrade every year if we are satisfied with the phone we already have.

yankeesusa says:

Not entirely true. With no subsidy a note 3 costs over $700. If you sell your Note 2 outright right now you may get $350 to $400 max in most cases if your phone is taken care off and has not been replaced with a refurbished phone. It's still a pretty good chunk of change. Plus the price on subsidized phones drops dramatically after 2-3 months. After only 3 months of release I ended up paying only $100 for my Note 2. That will never happen again as I am now going to use T-Mobile and pay up front for my phone.

jeddo45 says:

Sorry Samsung. Takes too long to update. By this time next year, i will barely be getting 4.4 on my note 2 with the pace they are going. Lost me as a customer. Getting me the Nexus 5 as soon as its announced.

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kcz7 says:


That's even if the note 2 would get upgraded after 4.3.

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jrsharp70 says:

I would never have been a Samsung customer in the first place, except that I love the s pen, so I'm stuck with them until a viable alternative comes out.

Bwahahahaha says:


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s2weden2000 says:

the note 2 will stay on 4.3...does people read the news or what (g)

mspace81 says:

No one besides nexus devices get the most up to date updates tho regardless if it's samsung, Sony, etc. I had a nexus phone and wasn't a fan, but I do like a pure Android experience for a I use my note series devices and nexus tablet .

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yankeesusa says:

Samsung's updates do take a little longer, but most companies take longer or just as long. And in reality it's not samsung that holds the updates, it's manufacturers.

vpblaze says:

What are the odds we will see the Samsung Magazine feature with our 4.3 update?
I would also like the Scrapbook features as well.
Any ideas?

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Jonnny4 says:

I was informed by some friends that the update will come to all 4 major U.S. carriers before the end of November.

They must have seen the leaked document that Alex wrote an article on a few days ago.

grizzlyzp says:

This post proves that android central people never read "send us a tip" messages. I sent my tip about this like a month ago.

wmtoandroid says:

Yeah, I was getting excited until I realized this was the same leak that was available at the beginning of October :/

EDIT: My bad.... this is actually a newer version of the leak...

IntelliAbb says:

I wonder when, and if, the big red (Verizon) will push this update. They are notorious for making folks get a new device instead of upgrading their software.

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Jbrown99 says:

AT&T and T-Mobile, 11/20.. Vz is 11/29.. There was leaked timeline.

T-mobile was listed as 12-2 by the best buy memo leak.

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Any pics of 4.3 on note 2?

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s2j3607 says:

There is an article here on android central with the release dates for the US models written by alex dobie.

kentrol72 says:

Anyone know what Note 3 features are being carried over? All I want is the S Note feature that takes a hand writtwn phone number and saves it in the contacts....other than that, I'm good with 4.3 until my upgrade. 4.4 is not even out yet. If the Note 2 gets it before my upgrade...great. If not, im satisfied. This phone is awesome!

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n8cs says:

Why is there always a "I'm getting a nexus" on update posts? "oh, I have to have updates yesterday..." So stfu and get a nexus. I'm personally happy with my s3, updates or not. Its a solid phone, that I have had no problem with. Appreciate what you have and stop feeling like you are owed 2 updates a year...

Although you said it in a douchey way, I agree with what you are saying.

n8cs says:

I think what is douchey is all the whiney babies not getting their way and saying they are going nexus. There are so many people so worried about having the latest on their phones. You're waiting for a software update, not a food drop...

Dperks17 says:

4.3 for the AT&T note 2 is leaked over on XDA. It's fastttt, WiFi and LTE doesn't work but it was cool to tinker around with.

eozdalga says:

Beanstalk Rom for note 2 uses 4.3 and is awesome. Everything works. I'm on AT&T.

boomerbsg says:

Beans Stalk is AOSP/cm10.1 build of 4.3.
not the Touchwiz build we've been waiting for.

I've used 4.3 AOSP and loved it.. but some missing features of touchwiz keep me off AOSP based roms.
really looking forward for TW4.3 myself.


tezzly says:

This is by far the best rom. I now some user mention beanstock and everything but this is on 4.3 supports the Galaxy Gear, bunch of new features like the s4 and note 3 and very stable... Official release is awesome: Heres a video of how to install it super easy:

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rem_kujawa says:

Great a Samsung device released after the verizion and sprint galaxy nexus gets another update.

Beamboy420 says:

4.4 is round the corner and now comes the update..

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n8cs says:

For phones that are a year and a half old...

plunder says:

Note 3 prices are dropping in the UK, but Note 2 prices are much lower. Decisions!?

Awesome A C

yankeesusa says:

I think I will hold on to my Note 2. It's not worth as much since I got a a refurbished one due to a manufacturer defect. No I will barely get $300 if I sell mine. I will just deal with it and hold off till updates. it's been the best phone Ive had so far. If I can get the note 3 off contract for less than $500 then maybe I'll upgrade.

Macklesdaddy says:

Most guys whine about the latest software when you might use 1 new feature it has,hell the only reason I want 4.3 for is to see If I can get my battery life back that 4.2 took away from me

rem_kujawa says:

That's all I want and the random WiFi issues and reboots to go away.