Will Verduzco · Dec 10, 2013 at 06:30 am

T-Mobile Galaxy Note II Receives Android 4.3, Grab it Now!

To a certain extent, the T-Mobile Galaxy Note II has been living in the shadows of its peers. After all, the first time we saw Android 4.3 appear for the international model was nearly two months ago in the form of a leaked firmware update. Then about a month later, we saw the international model receive its official Android 4.3 update. That was also right around the same time that the Sprint variant received its update. And let’s not forget that the HTC One and Moto X have already received their official Android 4.4 updates—though that should be the case for the Note II by April.

Now, XDA Forum Member fatesealer has let us know that the update has begun rolling out to T-Mobile-branded Galaxy Note II devices. While not quite everyone has received the OTA just yet, it can be manually installed through Samsung Kies. And for those who’d rather install it manually, XDA Senior Member deeznutz1977 has mirrored the update, and Senior Member kozmo21 has extracted and posted the modem and kernel files as well.

Justifying the rather large 614 MB update, it seems to bring decent number of changes. As stated by Senior Member Asquared:

Pros:

1. Webpages are loading a lot faster now; not sure if due to cache, quicker LTE, or what.
2. Applications also appear to be loading a bit faster.
3. I like the slightly different presentation of the Notification Bar at the top of the page.
4. Under my Task Manager, there’s a new option in the toolbar called “Clear default / Launch by default” which apparently let’s you designate and control which default apps to use when performing certain actions (eg. when making a phone call, you can establish the standard Phone app to do so, versus, say, Skype; or the standard Internet browser versus Chrome).

Cons:

1. According to my Task Manager app, SOMETHING or things are now taking up a bigger chunk of my onboard System Storage. System storage usage went from around 2.5 to 3GB to 7.10GB (out of 16.00GB). When I checked with File Manager, I noticed under /storage a new folder called “emulated”, with two subfolders called “/storage/emulated/0″ and “/storage/emulated/legacy” that appear to be some type of backups of my previous Android environment.
2. Android 4.3 appears to be taking about 250MB more RAM space on my Note II, as compared to the previous version

Have you updated your Note II to 4.3 yet? If so, let us know what you think in the comments below!

[Thanks to XDA Senior Member hasbrobot for the screenshot!]


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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