AT&T Galaxy Note II gets updated to KitKat

After having pushed out an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, AT&T is back at it again only this time giving Galaxy Note II owners a taste of KitKat with an Android 4.4.2 update. The update is rolling out today, the same day as the kickoff for Google I/O, and owners of the Note II will be getting a push notification to alert them to the update.

The Samsung support page says that the update brings "KitKat 4.4.2 along with multiple improvements." Below, you'll find some of the changes that you can expect to see with Android 4.4.2.

  • New Lock Screen Access
  • Media Controls - full-screen album art and media controls when listening to music
  • Camera Shortcut - access the Camera application right from the lock screen
  • Improved user experience when multiple messaging apps are installed - All SMS and MMS messages are together in the same app, alongside other conversations and video calls.
  • Visual content such as photos, videos, maps, books, and games are even better with full-screen immersive mode. The UI stays hidden while interacting with the content.
  • Restyled Status and Navigation Bars - status and navigation bars are translucent and can sit on top of apps, along with simplified status bar icons
  • New storage access framework - Simple for users to browse and open documents, images, and other files, across most customer preferred document storage providers.
  • Consolidated Location Settings - location services are integrated and more detailed by new Location menu
  • Expanded Emoji Icons
  • Wireless Printing – supports printing over Wi­-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Prevention Information pop-up message is suppressed.
  • New platform support for secure NFC-based transactions through Host Card Emulation (HCE).
  • Beats Music is Preloaded
  • Video player closed captioning Settings > My device > Accessibility > Google subtitles (CC) and Samsung subtitles (CC)
  • Can set sound for Samsung apps (call/message/email/calendar) Setting > my Device > Sound > Samsung applications

Are you seeing this update pop up on your Galaxy Note II yet for AT&T? How is your experience downloading and installing the update? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Samsung


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Galaxy Note II gets Android 4.4.2 update on AT&T


I got mine on Verizon a couple weeks back. I have noticed that my battery drains a bit faster.

I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.

Battery does seem to drain faster. Good to notice it wasn't just me experiencing this. Just wondering why they didn't wait and push the 4.4.4 update instead.
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I was wondering when this would come to my Note 2. I just started downloading it now... it's about 423MB. I was hoping to install this update, which might be the last one given to my phone so I can finally root it.

Perfect time to reset my Note2. Was super slow. Reset, did the upgrade and now it's snappy again..

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I tried to update this afternoon but service got interupted...and as usual it said to try back in 24 hours...tomorrow is a brighter day...yeah!

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Did not receive any notification until AFTER I initiated the manual update on my AT&T Note 2. The entire process, including reboots took roughly 30 minutes via wi-fi. Everything went smoothly and I haven't experienced any problems thus far.

Upgraded to 4.4.2 early Tuesday morning, and I'm definitely noticing accelerated battery-drain with my Note2. :-(

Oh for Christ's sake! Wtf!? I am still pissed about the last forced upgrade we had. So much useless crap that you don't need. Dear at+t the phone and software I had was working fine
Stop doing this to us! Ugh!

I totally agree... this is bullshit... my phone locks up at times and is a little slower..they should give us the option and let us know what the difference are and let us decide... tired of Samsung and Google getting to much into my personal space... don't find us we'll find you.... I'm ready for another phone...

I received a message saying that a software update from ATT was AVAILABLE. I ignorned it on purpose and when i awoke... there it was. I have lost numerous songs from my library and my Amazon Appstore app freezes immediately since. It is safe to say that I am PISSED!!!!

Got back from vacation yesterday. First time in WiFi area for 10 days. ATT pushed the update. After installation my Note II sits with a white screen and a small ATT world logo. The blue light at the top pulses from low to high and every hour it plays a few notes. The power button is ignored and I can't turn it off. This morning I pulled the battery and tried to go into boot mode using the hardware buttons. It goes right to 'installing update' and after installing it goes back to ignoring buttons and pulsing blue light. I am not happy right now.

I had severe issues with my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 after the update (4.4.2) lots of freezing data not working unable to send pictures and so forth however my girlfriend has same phone and did update no issues after trying everything and even thinking about downgrading. Did a few troubleshoots and finally came up with a solution. I came to find out it was the SD Card and the old data from the old OS, I like most upgraded my firmware with my SD still in my phone and after rebooting was having problems due to old information on my SD card. I fixed my problem by removing the SD card updating all stock apps and saved and backed up info from my SD to my computer and then reformatting the SD card. I hope this helps some very frustrated people. Thanks for reading.


Your post is comforting. I am so upset about this update because i have had so many issues to go wrong with my phone. My biggest issue however is my bluetooth headset and bluetooth capability in my vehicle. Did you have issues with that as well?

I have the same bluetooth problem with 4.4.2 on a galaxy note 2. I used the headsets for years and they were fine. Then with 4.4.2 they have like a 1 foot range.

I couldn't be more MISERABLE since this crap came into my phone; it freezes at every minute, needs constant restarts, sometimes I can't even draw the blocking pattern...what's wrong with Samsung??? They have no idea how to do official OS'??? I'm reaaaaally pissed off, wishing to stomp my phone...

Do you guys have any idea if they are rolling new updates out anytime soon?? Changing the phone is not in plans.

I updated my galaxy note from Jelly Bean to Kit Kat last month. I have had nothing but trouble with apps failing and forcibly stopping. I have had to uninstall and reinstall applications to get them to launch. Even in installing and updating hasn't fixed all the bugs. The phone constantly freezes and hangs. The camera is clearer but i can no longer turn off the shutter sound. Nothing but problems.