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Samsung Galaxy Note II Android 4.3 update rolling out officially

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It was only two days ago that a near-final Android 4.3 firmware leaked for the Galaxy Note II, Samsung’s second-generation phablet, and the official OTA update has now begun rolling out to both the standard (GT-N710) and LTE models (GT-N7105) of the device. India is the first country to get it, but the update should be making its way to other regions in the coming days (well, unless issues cause Samsung to pull the update, just like it did for the AT&T Galaxy S4 and the international Galaxy S III).

The Android 4.3 update brings support for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, along with the following changes and features:

  • TRIM support (improves filesystem performance)
  • Samsung KNOX
  • Samsung Wallet (Pre-loaded)
  • Better RAM management
  • Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
  • New Samsung Keyboard
  • GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
  • New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
  • New screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
  • Daydream
  • Driving mode
  • Actionable notifications
  • Move-to-SD-card feature
  • New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
  • New Additions in Notification Centre
  • Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
  • Implementation of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
  • New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
  • Full screen Samsung apps
  • New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)

As always, the update will be available both over-the-air (be sure to do a manual check in the Settings » About phone » Software updates menu, and use a Wi-Fi network as the update is around 700MB in size) and through Samsung’s Kies PC suite, and it will likely be a while before carrier variants in the US start receiving the update. It’s been a long time coming, so let’s hope the rollout completes without a hitch and reaches users worldwide as soon as possible.

Via: SamMobile, 2