Samsung has began rolling out the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the International Galaxy Note 2 (N7100). The update was first spotted today in France by users which received it via OTA. As OTA updates are always released in stages, it may take a while for everyone to get it on their devices. Luckily, the OTA link has been captured and you can manually install the update via Odin rather than waiting for it to arrive via OTA.
The update, other than allowing users to run the latest version of Android on their phablet, brings about many other new features. These include UI tweaks such as the white status bar icons on the transparent status bar, full screen album art and a Nexus-like TV screen off animation. The update also results in faster performance along with wireless printing and NFC tap-to-pay support. A camera shortcut has also been added to the lockscreen. Follow the below steps to update your Galaxy Note 2.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Samsung Galaxy Note 2:
- Backup and Restore your Android smartphone via Desktop PC
- Backup/Sync and Restore contacts on Android smartphone
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
- Download the official Android 4.4.2 firmware and Odin zip files to your computer.
- Unzip the firmware zip file and extract its contents.
- Next unzip the Odin zip file and run the Odin3 v3.09.exe file.
- Now turn off your Galaxy Note 2 and enter download mode by pressing Home + Power + Volume Down buttons.
- Connect your device to your computer via USB and wait till a blue sign appears in Odin.
- Add the N7100XXUFND3 tar.md5 file to AP/PDA.
- Make sure that the re-partition box is not ticked.
- Click on Start and wait for the process to complete.
- Once it is complete, your Galaxy Note 2 will reboot on its own and will run on the new Android 4.4.2 firmware.
Note: If you encounter any problem after the device reboots, enter recovery mode by pressing Home + Power + Volume up buttons and perform wipe data/factory reset and then reboot your device.