Not wanting to be left behind, Samsung is following in HTC’s footsteps and has started rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its 2012 phones, starting with the Galaxy Note 2. The update is currently rolling out in France and is available over the air and via Samsung’s desktop software Kies.
The update brings the now traditional features including white status bar icons, improved battery life, smoother performance, wireless printing support, options to set the default messaging and launcher apps, closed captions, reduced memory consumption, and improved stability. Reports suggest Samsung has also added its Wallet and KNOX apps, though the update doesn’t include any new features or interface elements that can be seen on newer Samsung devices, which isn’t surprising as the company would prefer consumers to upgrade to its current phones.
If you haven’t received the update on your Galaxy Note 2 yet, don’t worry, as it’s a staged rollout that will take a few days (and even weeks) to reach more regions. However, you can do a manual check in the Settings » About phone » Software update menu to force it to show up, though even that won’t work unless the update is already available for your country.