Samsung Begins Android 4.3 Update Rollout to Galaxy Note II Users in Europe

 

Android 4.4 KitKat might be hitting the Moto X very shortly and even the original Kindle Fire is taking a break but, Samsung owners are more content with the Android 4.3 update that's been hitting top-tier devices these past few weeks. With the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S III now running Android 4.3, including the ability to link up to the Galaxy Gear, Galaxy Note II users can finally get in on the action. Samsung is kicking off the rollout in Europe, with Nordic countries being among the first to get the update.

SamMobile have come up trumps once again with this update and for all you curious Galaxy Note II users, you can take a look at the changes below:

  • GALAXY GEAR Support
  • TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
  • 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 andDriving 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)

 

So far, the only model know to be getting the update is the GT-N7105 so, if your Galaxy Note II has a different model number - which you can easily find out in your settings - then you should sit tight and wait for an update to come through. Overall though, this update brings with it a lot of features from the Galaxy S4 but, this is still a Galaxy Note II, this won't turn your Galaxy Note II into a Galaxy Note 3 or anything so, if you were expecting as much, you might be disappointed. It's good to see Samsung keep it up where updates are concerned but, their next challenge is getting Android 4.4 KitKat out to devices.

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