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Android 4.4.2 updates for Galaxy S3 and Note 2

Kris Carlon

It was the start of May when the first Android 4.4.2 update rolled out to Galaxy S3 devices on the Sprint network. Now, more than a month later, AT&T has become the second major US carrier to release the update for S3 owners. Both Virgin Mobile and Boost had it a little while ago. The Galaxy Note 2 is also getting some KitKat attention from pretty much every Canadian carrier. Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular have already rolled out KitKat for the Note 2 in the US. [Update: European customers on the AT&T network are also receiveing the Galaxy S3 update]

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Slowly but surely, Samsung is getting KitKat out to its devices in North America. / © AndroidPIT

The update brings along some big changes (and a big file size) in the shape of a new lockscreen with media player controls and camera shortcut, and you can of course now choose your default SMS app too. There's Beat Music, closed captioning in the video player, improved location settings menu, more emoji and a bunch of other minor stability and security fixes along with some other KitKat 4.4 specific additions like immersive mode, cloud printing and the sexy transparent navigation and system bars with white icons.

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It's time for a chocolate binge as more Galaxy S3 and Note 2 owners get KitKat. / © AndroidPIT

If you want to grab the update just head to Settings > More > About Phone > Software Update > Check for Updates. If the over-the-air file is ready for you it will begin downloading, or you can connect your device to Samsung Kies and see if you can push the firmware manually. As always, it's a good idea to do a full backup of all your important stuff before installing the update, just in case there's a few Gremlins in the code.

Have you got the KitKat update yet? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • taher ahmed 4 months ago Link

    is this update available for international S3 (gt-i9300)?

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      Kris Carlon 4 months ago Link

      Hey @Taher, nothing as yet, but a Canadian carrier and Australian carrier have both officially confirmed the update is coming for the international S3. While this may not benefit you directly, it does look good for a more general rollout of Android 4.4.2 for other I9300 owners.

  • D. D. T. 4 months ago Link

    My Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from U.S. Cellular (SCH-R950) did an OTA late June 18th, 2014 to what it claimed was merely a firmware update to BIOS for my existing Jelly Bean 4.3. But instead it installed Kitkat 4.4.2 which has totally fucked up phone: Without any Warning it DELETED ALL my CONTACTS' NOTEs fields that I had entered for my business clients through the Note 2 (only notes entered through Hotmail were maintained); my Note 2 now stops responding to any touch every few hours forcing me to remove the Zerolemon 9,300mA battery in order to restart the phone; the battery life under both Jellybean 4.1.2 & 4.3 yielded 50 to 60 hours of continuous standby yet immediately following the 'upgrade' to Samsung's defective implementation of Android 4.4.2, I am now getting only one third or a mere 15 to 20 hours; and Firefox no longer Opens forcing me to use Dolphin which no longer properly responds to websites like Netflix for searching and reasigning queues! And even after disabling: Location Services, NFC, S Beam, Sharing, Animator Duration Scale, Transition Animation Scale & Window Animation Scale my battery life is still shit and the overall phone's responsiveness is noticeably SLUGGISH for all activities since this egregiously unstable Alpha-like version of Kitkat that Samsung/Google via US Cellular has pushed onto my once wonderful phone. Now it is unusable for professional use with my Sole Proprietorship and both US Cellular and Samsung say that it is physically impossible to revert my unrooted Note 2 back to any version of Jellybean!

    So are they lying when they swear that a Samsung Note 2 with Kitkat can NEVER be Downgraded back to Jellybean? Am I actually out of an $800 dollar phone that I am still under contract through December of 2014? And if this is true then shouldn't we be able to petition the Federal Courts for a Class-Action lawsuit to force them to either restore our phones to their original Factory Settings OR replace our phones with ones still running Jellybean. Not to mention the intentional acts of worldwide Cyber Terrorism caused by their wilful deletion of all of our Note fields?

    Do I just need to avoid anything by Samsung, or must I look to NON-Android phones in future?

  • Amjad Omar 3 months ago Link

    There's no update for note 2 to kitkat
    in jordan
    why ?

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      Kris Carlon 3 months ago Link

      Do you mean officially? Or has it just not arrived yet? Each country/region/carrier has their own timelines for certification, batching and rollout, so sometimes you can be waiting months to get the update. Have you checked Sam Mobile's firmware page for you model number to see if it is available to push manually yet with Kies?

  • Jack Alexander 3 months ago Link

    I live in Spain but speak English, my Note 10.1 n8020 has received KitKat 4.4 but my note 2 hasn't does anyone know when we might get it in Spain?

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      Kris Carlon 3 months ago Link

      It's always hard to say @Jack. Samsung don't typically share details of update timelines (even though we get them leaked regularly) but it's rarely for specific countries. Usually it's just a matter of waiting until it pops up one day. You can also keep an eye on Sam Mobile's firmware page.

  • Kannan 2 months ago Link

    Samsungnote2 GTN7100 Deutschland O2 carrier. when i will get kitkat update