Samsung India has reportedly begun rolling out Android v4.3 Jelly Bean update to the 2012 marquee phablet Galaxy Note 2.
Earlier in the month, some Galaxy Note 2 owner in Kashmir had claimed the v4.3 Jelly Bean update package was available at a local Samsung service centre. Now, Samsung's dedicated blog SamMobile has confirmed the Galaxy Note 2 (GT-NT105) 3G variants have begun receiving the firmware, via OTA (Over-The-Air) and also available through Kies PC suite.
Since the debut of Galaxy Note 2 in late 2012, the phablet has been running on the native v4.1.2 OS. The device was due for a v4.2.2 update this year, instead Samsung has decided to directly roll out the final Jelly Bean version.
Adding cheers to fans, the website claims the official update available with them is more stable than the bug-ridden firmware, which was released to Galaxy S3 a couple of weeks ago.
Apart from bringing compatibility support to Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the new update brings in Knox security app, Samsung Wallet, TRIM Support for efficiency, enhanced performance and RAM management, new Samsung Keyboard, new lock-screen, new screen mode (like in Galaxy S4), improved Settings options, new camera mode (Sound & Shot), move-to-SD card feature, improved S-Voice and other applications.
To check for new software update availability on your smartphone,
Go to Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update.
Other improvements expected from Android v4.3 Jelly Bean firmware:
Keyboard and input: The keypad is said get an improved algorithm for tap-typing, making text messaging less cumbersome. It is also said to enhance gamepad.
Dial Pad: enhanced Auto-complete feature will predict more accurate phone-numbers and names. Users will also have the option to enable or disable the feature at phone settings.
Location: Feature will enable the phone to automatically detect Wi-Fi hot-spots without turning on the Wi-Fi mode all the time.
Settings: New tab is introduced to let users check which applications are active or disabled.
Language support: More dialects are included in the new v4.3 Jelly Bean OS.
Graphics: v4.3 will now allow smartphones to support the industry's latest Open GL ES 3.0 graphics.
Network: Bluetooth Smart (Low Energy) support will make smartphone use less power while transferring data between devices.
Daydream: This new feature will enable users to browse through the photos via easily accessible albums.
Restricted Access: Once updated with 4.3 Jelly Bean, users can create profiles for guest user with restricted access to apps and other contents.
Apart from India, Samsung has reportedly released the v4.3 Jelly Bean update on Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7105) LTE models in select countries of Nordic regions (Northern Europe).