The Canadian variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with the model number SGH-i317M began receiving the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware update on all major carriers on Wednesday. In the U.S., the device received the update on Verizon’s network last week.

The latest firmware update, which comes with the build number I317MVLUDNF1, is common for carriers including Bell, Virgin Mobile, Rogers, Koodo Mobile, SaskTel and Telus. The new KitKat firmware includes all key features that are found on other devices running the Android 4.4.2 version. The features include low RAM usage, a shortcut to the camera on the lock-screen, wireless printing support and added emojis.

The new firmware also comes with updated Samsung apps and improvements to functions such as Bluetooth and copy-paste, and the phone's keyboard app, according to a report from The Android Soul.

Although the update is currently available via an over-the-air update, users can also download the software and install it manually. Here is a tutorial on how to download and install the new Android 4.4.2 KitKat on the Galaxy Note 2.

Aspects To Note

- All data stored in the handset must be backed up properly

- The handset should have at least 80 percent battery power

- The USB drivers for the device must be installed on the computer

- USB Debugging must be enabled

- After flashing the firmware, any installed custom ROM will be lost

- Custom recovery, such as ClockworkMod Recovery or TWRP, will also be lost

Download Links

Firmware files, courtesy of SamMobile:

- Canada (Bell Mobile) (Black Edition)

- Canada (Virgin Mobile) (Black Edition)

- Canada (Rogers) (Black Edition)

- Canada (Telus) (Black Edition)

- Canada (SaskTel) (Black Edition)

- Canada (Koodo Mobile) (Black Edition)

Note: International Business Times cannot be held responsible for anything that goes wrong. Users should proceed at their own risk.


Step 1: Extract the firmware zip file on the computer. You will get a .tar.md5 file along with some other files.

Step 2: Download Odin v3.09, and extract the zip file. There will be an Odin3 v3.09.exe file along with some other files.

Step 3: Run Odin3 v3.09 as an Administrator.

Step 4: Boot the Galaxy Note 2 into Download Mode. To do this, first power of the phone and then press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until you get a warning message. After that press Volume Up key to enter Download Mode.

Step 5: Connect the handset to the computer properly via the USB cable and wait until an Added!! message appears in bottom left box in Odin.

Step 6: Go to the Odin window and click on the AP button and select the .tar.md5 file which was extracted in Step 1.

Odin Odin window. Photo: International Business Times

Step 7: In Odin, ensure that the “Re-Partition” option is not selected.

Step 8: Now, click on the Start button in Odin to begin flashing.

Step 9: After the process is complete, a “PASS!” message will appear in ID:COM port with green background and the device will restart automatically.

Step 10: After the Samsung logo appears on the home screen, you can unplug the device from the computer. The Galaxy Note 2 will now be running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat I317MVLUDNF1.

[Source: The Android Soul]