The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update released in the United States for the first time today, along with the Sprint version of the Galaxy Note 2 that’s getting the upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat. Yesterday, the Sprint Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update appeared on Samsung’s Open Source development website for developers and once that happens, it’s typically only a matter of hours before an update rolls out to the public.
Sprint is the first carrier to start rolling out the latest version of the OS to Samsung’s second-generation flagship phablet. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update is already available in several other regions around the world including France and India. The software on the device will get a bump to version L900VPUBNE2.
This Android 4.4 Kitkat update will also introduce plethora of features such as:
- Advanced location control – Location services are integrated and more detailed by new Location menu
- New Lock- Screen Access – Camera shortcut and Full-screen album art
- SMS – Select a default application for sending and receiving SMS text messages
- Samsung KNOX 2.0
- White status bar icons
- Wireless printing support – Supports printing over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Launcher app selection
- Expanded emoji icons
- Restyled Status and Navigation Bars
Currently the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update is currently available on Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile though it’s not clear when it will arrive for users on AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and others. Neither there are indications when they will begin updating their Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 models to Android 4.4 KitKat.
Samsung confirmed in early May that the International Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 model would not receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update due to incompatibility with RAM capacities. As according to Samsung, the 1GB of RAM in the International Galaxy S3 model is not enough to support the Android 4.4 operating system effectively. Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE models like the U.S. Cellular Galaxy S3 is still eligible for updates because they contain 2GB of RAM.
Users can head into the Settings » General » About phone » Software updates menu to try and pull the update manually as of now, though that might not work all the time. OTA update will be arriving to all the users in sometime.