Better late than never, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 users on T-Mobile are being treated to an early Christmas present – their Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. The update (build number T889UVUCMK7) is appearing on users’ devices over the past few hours, and is available as an over-the-air update as usual. These updates are generally in a slow roll out, so be patient (yeah, right) and you should soon be receiving your notice, although you can always go to Settings, General, About Phone, and press Software Update, to check and see if it will give you the update a little early – I know I would.
The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update brings a bevy of changes to your device, one of which is Galaxy Gear support and TRIM support that makes the device much faster. Samsung KNOX and Samsung Wallet will be pre-loaded, as well as a new Samsung keyboard. Many will like the “move-to-SD-card” feature and for the photography buffs, there is the updated camera section. Samsung takes this opportunity to add some of their newly updated apps – Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, and Music. One nice addition are the new scene modes, Adaptive Display and Professional Photo.
A Samsung memo still has the Galaxy Note 2 in line for an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade scheduled in March or April, and you may still see it by then. Samsung already had the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in the pipelines, so they may as well release it, rather than make the Galaxy Note 2 owners wait for the 4.4 KitKat version. Hopefully, Samsung will use the 4.4 KitKat upgrade as a chance to modernize TouchWiz a bit and bring it up-to-date, making it faster, smoother, and with less lag – and not so resource hungry. Samsung knows how important updates are to users and is trying to make an effort to send them out faster to their devices. If they want to be number one, they have to service the existing users, especially those that bought their flagship devices, like the Galaxy S3, S4, and Note 2 and Note 3.
Let us know in the comments or on Google+ if you were or will soon be the recipient of the new Android 4.3 on your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2. Are you enjoying the changes – did your update go smoothly – let us know your reactions and share your upgrade experience with others that may still be waiting for their upgrade to show up.