The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean rollout for U.S. models of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 continues with the U.S. Cellular Note 2 now receiving the update. Both Samsung and U.S. Cellular announced the over-the-air update on Tuesday.
The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for several Samsung Galaxy models in the U.S. and overseas has been tedious. Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 suffered bugs and other post-update issues, which caused Samsung to postpone rollouts for a time. Some U.S. Galaxy S4 models and international Galaxy S3 models have now resumed the Android 4.3 update.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 largely evaded any problems with Android 4.3 simply because the device did not receive the update until after Samsung began fixing bugs. So far only the Sprint Galaxy Note 2 has updated to Android 4.3 in the U.S., shortly after the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 bug issues came to light. The Sprint Galaxy Note 2 appears to have updated with little to no trouble with Android 4.3. Other Samsung Galaxy models, which updated later, include the Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 3 and the T-Mobile Galaxy S4. The international Galaxy Note 2 model also updated just before the Sprint Note 2, and Canadian Galaxy Note 2 models began to update just days prior to the U.S. Cellular Note 2. These models also appear to have updated with little to no issues with Android 4.3.
The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 includes such features as Samsung KNOX and Samsung Galaxy Gear support, as well as Premium Suite features including Group Play 2.5, Multi-Window (Galaxy Note 3 Version), Sound & Shot camera feature, Group Messaging, Samsung Link and PEN. UP.
The R950VXAMK3 build firmware is currently available over the air. As always, users can check for the update manually by accessing Settings > About device > Software update.
It appears the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has completely veered off the leaked update timeline, which accurately predicted the Android 4.3 rollout dates for several Samsung Galaxy Models. U.S. Cellular was notably not included in the timeline, but has still received its update well before other carriers. Only the Sprint Galaxy Note 2 updated according to the schedule.
The AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon models were supposed to have updated by now, but have not. Rollout dates for these models are uncertain, but according to Samsung’s website, the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 runs Android 4.3. At this point, this may simply be a typo, or possibly an indication that the update is coming soon; rollouts will likely be sudden and unexpected. Currently the AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Galaxy Note 2 models all still run the native Android 4.1 firmware.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.