Galaxy Note 2

Version bump, Galaxy Gear support and other smaller features come with build G8FJ20LB0Q02

Verizon has begun pushing out Android 4.3 to Galaxy Note 2 owners. The update comes in the form of build G8FJ20LB0Q02 which not only brings Android 4.3 to the device, but also support for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear. In addition to Gear Support the update bumps Samsung’s Pen Up app to the same version that is found on the Galaxy Note 3, as well as enhances the Multi Window mode on the device by adding support for more apps.

This update also brings a number of smaller fixes like enhanced WiFi performance, extended battery life when using exchange, and updates to many of Verizon’s included apps. The update is hitting many devices right now as an OTA update, but it is also available through Verizon’s Upgrade Assistant on the computer.

Have you already received the update on your Verizon Note 2? Sound off below and let us know how things are working out for you.

 
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tayswg20 says:

Finally! Now if I only had a Note :-P

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kentrol72 says:

Ha ha!

Sent from my SG Note 2

DROIDEd says:

Finally... Yay!

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radgatt says:

Now I can tell my friend that bought my Note 2 to update her phone. She will probably complain about getting a pop up notification about the update.

NoNexus says:

Way to go Samsung!

Pretty much the only company that supports year + old hardware....

patfactorx says:

Uh that's a year old version of android....

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carraser891 says:

think before you type

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Hotwire277 says:

Don't think 4.3 came out in 2012....

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oooooooo merry christmas Downloading now on my note 2 !!!

droidgeek says:

Finally got the update to make full use of my galaxy gear!

Jay Holm says:

Someone actually paid $350 for that thing?!?!?!?

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enigmax says:

I would have bought Gear, if only my Note 10.1 (phone model) had been updated. But NO... Have to get Sonys Sw2 then =)

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EvoMCS says:

So sluggish it's almost unusable!

NoNexus says:

lol.. BS

If you are really having the issue, then do a Factory reset. It will cure what ails you.

wezi427 says:

Mine is as smooth as butter.

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Downloading now. Let's see how smooth it goes. :-)

Heath Ross says:

I just received it in Pierceton Indiana!! WOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!

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lsanford2255 says:

Updated and immediately installed Dashclock! Everything seems fine so far.

Lmao me to

Downloading in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. About time!

ARR22 says:

Downloading here in Iowa City,Iowa. Finally we get it!!

E Josey says:

Have it installed, seems to be more responsive and a little faster.

Admittedly the Note 2 is a very capable device. Six months though?

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wezi427 says:

Agreed, makes me wonder if it will get another update.

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NoNexus says:

It will, one more I think

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Happy Holiday's from my phone to yours...

wezi427 says:

I hope

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furrba11 says:

Downloading on my UK Vodafone Note II, Not exactly small at nearly 900 megs, Will have to wait and see how this changes things (hope my "OK Google" still works).

evilempire says:

I don't see any difference with the s-pen. I thought it was supposed to be like the Note 3? Moving apps to the sd card is really great. Got it today in New Jersey!!

ARR22 says:

Me neither

NoNexus says:

I am pretty sure they were not supposed to be in this one, but 4.4.

This one is apps2sd, 4.3, knox, wallet, trim and gear support.

ARR22 says:

I dont see none of the enhanced s pen features from the note 3 carried over into the note 2 with this new update.

SEGROUKIN says:

4.4.2 up next for the Note 3 in January!

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wezi427 says:

That's a dream.

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NoNexus says:

It is a reality

wezi427 says:

You know this how?

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NoNexus says:

Google it.

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Happy Holiday's from my phone to yours...

garciaop says:

i dont think samsung will give us the 4.4.2 before the gs5 does on sale , its usually what they do
but 4.3 is still very good so nothing to envy

mdonoway says:

Downloading now... fingers crossed.

mdonoway says:

I hop this improves gps and fixes samsung sync too....

mdonoway says:

Nope. Same gps issues. But samsung sync working

Don't see KNOX anywhere.

Synycalwon says:

No interest here. My Verizon Note 2, still on original release software (4.1.1), runs like a champ yet. There's nothing in these updates for me to risk screwing that up. If it ain't broke.... :D

Brett Dugue says:

Good call! DO NOT INITIATE THE CORRUPT-date!!!!

2jjordan12 says:

Will this break root

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NoNexus says:

you won't get the OTA rooted, you will have to either unroot or sideload it

cookemandan says:

Works good so far. No Knox that I can see and it seems the pen features are not there unless I haven't figured it out yet. So far so good

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ARR22 says:

Thats because the note 3 pen features dont exist in our update. Jared was wrong.

szparaj says:

If you have a note 2, you should root and use the latest of Sky note. I have 4.3 and basically every feature the note 3 has all on my Note 2. Very stable too

guedo78 says:

Everything looks great but now FoxFI doesnt work.
:(

guedo78 says:

After a uninstall and reinstall it is now working :)

We finally got blocking mode!

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wezi427 says:

Does the block mode block text messages?

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It won't block them, but it will silence notifications during the timeframe you specify. You can make exceptions for specific people or groups.

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wezi427 says:

Thanks

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cookemandan says:

I figured they would cheap out on the update.

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zaydabarber says:

How long did it take to download

"AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2"

wezi427 says:

But I did hear you the forth time, 10 minutes.

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NoNexus says:

lol

wezi427 says:

I'm glad someone appreciates good humor.

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zaydabarber says:

How long did it take to download

"AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2"

wezi427 says:

Didn't hear you the third time.

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zaydabarber says:

How long did it take to download

"AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2"

wezi427 says:

Didn't hear you the second time.

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zaydabarber says:

How long did it take to download

"AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2"

wezi427 says:

Didn't hear you the first time.

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NoNexus says:

lol

C Sweatt says:

FINALLY!!!

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Synycalwon says:

According to Verizon's Note 2 Software Update page (see Benefits of Software Upgrade pdf at http://support.verizonwireless.com/support/system_update/galaxynote2.html), the software build is JSS15J.I605VRUEMJ9.

Apanther says:

Took a while to download, but it's working great!!! So far, slightly better resolution, smoother OS actions, faster operation, better signal reception, and some good new 4.3 features. Google finally added the call blocking features into the OS. Split window works better with more apps. Battery life seems the same so far. Which was great to begin with.

The update keeps failing on me. Maybe fourth time is the charm. Getting update failed code 402.

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evilempire says:

I'm beginning to think all this update was for was to get Galaxy Gear support. We didn't get any upgrades to the camera or the s-pen. The phone is quicker but I was really hoping for the Drama Shot in the camera. It's ok I guess

jorgeix says:

Update downloaded and installed as expected on my note 2. The phone seems to work faster and smoother. I'm happy with the update, this will have to do it for now until I can upgrade to the note 3.

Still no go for me.

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mdonoway says:

Samsung sync was fixed. I will try the gps tomorrow. pretty long drive.
I like most of the changes, but they removed the date from the pull down menu.why?
I like the wifi toggle shortcut in the drop down menu better too.
I just set up blocking mode too. No more stupid auto texts going off at all hours of the late night or early morning!
The update re enabled auto correct and replace when typing. i had to fix several things just in this short comment. [gps wifi etc].

mdonoway says:

Does anyone else have trouble with their GPS?[Google Maps version] I haven't tried since the update but, prior it would have trouble freezing just long enough a mile or more so that I would miss a turn. or it might show me traveling down a highway then suddenly it was rerouting because it thought I was on the service road or on a side street.
my personal favorite is when Iam stopped at a light and the icon is still moving...
When I bought the note 2 I was new to Verizon and Samsung. I never had these issues using google maps on sprint with the evo, evo 3d or evo lte. Sprint's net work sucked and is so slow I my area as to be nearly useless, but the gps worked great every where I went.

twolastnames says:

I'm surprised Jerry didn't fight you to post this so he could get his favorite home button pic back with his name under it.

derp

wshwe says:

Wonder if it fixes the Touchwiz mobile hotspot bug. I had to install a Non-Touchwiz custom rom to work around the issue. This is solely a Touchwiz issue.

Ugh. Still no go for me. Cannot figure out why it fails.

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cwbcpa says:

Switched over to my Note 2 from the Moto X to check this out. Install was smooth and so far everything seems to be running great. I'm not sure if there are any features that are all that important to me, but after using most of the day yesterday I remembered how much I like that 5.5" screen and true multitasking. I really like my Moto X, I just forgot how much I did use the Note features.

jzakver says:

My battery seems to drain a little faster now than before. The color is also a little weird too

kentrol72 says:

Check your Display settings. There is an additional Screen mode called Adapt Display. That may a count for the color issue

Sent from my SG Note 2

wezi427 says:

I'm having issues with the battery too. I'm not having issues with the screen.

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******ALERT******
DO NOT UPDATE IF YOU USE FOXFI!!!!!! Verizon installed their subscription checker with this update that breaks foxfi!!!

jammih says:

Downloaded the update and lost foxfi can I roll back to old vrs? Or does anyone know if foxfi will come out with an update?

jeepskidew says:

You cannot reset the android version. I tried and and I still have 4.3. Hopefully Foxfi will figure out a fix. You can still use the usb wire for internet on a windows device (i.e. a desktop or laptop) just go to settings/about phone and tap on build number 5 times to enable usb debugging. Then select Camera PTP on your phone usb computer connection. You'll have to install the foxfi/pdanet software on your windows device so they can talk.

Rbsandoval says:

My camera does not work after the upgrade.

SCH-I605
I605VRUEMJ9
Build I605.6
Verizon

Brett Dugue says:

Do NOT update! My GN II was stable & SOLID AS A ROCK before I regrettably initiated this CORRUPT-date!!! OTA FAILED EPICALLY & went into an infinite loop of boot up & shut down. Had to take it into BB/Samsung for a reset & bench install. Lost a bunch of data as this fiasco started at midnight before I had a chance to backup! Now I deal with INSTABILTY issues constantly! Today I was not receiving texts. SEVERAL apps that used to work fine no longer will. It has been a continuing NIGHTMARE! I DON'T EVEN WANT TO SPEND $350 on a watch (GG) that simply REPEATS what my phone ALREADY tells me!!! :O

The update pulls more on my battery than before and does not allow up update or install the Weight Watchers mobile app.