Verizon Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean arrives via Verizon Upgrade Assistant

by: Andrew GrushDecember 20, 2013


Yesterday Verizon and Samsung began rolling out Android 4.3 over to the Samsung Galaxy S3, and now it’s the Note 2’s turn!

Arriving as build VRUEMJ9, the Android 4.3 software is available to quite a few Verizon users right now, though with a bit of a catch: at the moment, the only way to get it is by using Verizon’s Upgrade Assistant computer software for Mac and Windows. Luckily, downloading and using the assistant is fairly easy.

So what’s new here? Like the Note 2 update that has arrived to the other major U.S. carriers, you not only get the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean features you’d expect but there’s also quite a few Samsung-specific updates packed in including camera enhancements, an improved multi-window mode, improved PenUp software, Knox support and the ability to work with the Galaxy Gear. There’s also several updates to Verizon’s included software and the update has even added a few new tricks — like the ability to move apps to the SD card.

While getting the Android 4.3 update and Premium Suite via a software downloading assistant isn’t quite as convenient as having the OTA rollout ready to go, it’s never wise to look a gift-horse in the mouth. For those that would rather download directly from their handset, more than likely the OTA should start rolling out later today or, at the very least, over the next few days.

For those that have already grabbed the update, what do you think? Did the installation process go smoothly?

  • Jayfeather787

    Hooray bloatware.

    • Chris Martinelli

      LOL… Doesn’t everyone want a phone that has tons of bloatware designed to push the agenda’s of the manufacturer and carrier? You’d think so. ;)

  • Mike – Construction Contractor

    Wow – is this for realzzzz?


  • PhonecardMike

    Note 2 OTA download in progress – 1130AM Mountain Standard Time.

  • Wezi427

    It’s like getting an early Christmas present. I hope that they don’t stop at 4.3

  • Mike – Construction Contractor

    UPDATE: OTA Update available for me 2:23EST.


    As much as I have been waiting, should I hold off and wait to see if there are issues?

  • Paul Allen

    Can Software Upgrade Assistant be used to update devices that no longer have active cellular service? I switched to a smaller phone strictly for calling/texting purposes and use the Note 2 for everything else. Unfortunately I can’t get it to search for OS updates over wifi and Verizon can’t/won’t activate it as a data-only device.

  • Maddy

    Will u plz send me the OTA update link…

  • Audiocross

    Mine stops at 66% and then crashes! Both through the phone’s update system, and through Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant.

    • Bradley Lepping

      Mines doing the same thing! Did you ever get it fixed D:

  • Karl Moorcroft

    Note 2 update of more stuff installed on my phoneI don’t want and didn’t ask for. It’s all going the way of Microsoft.

  • kmdavisjr

    I upgraded to 4.3 yesterday it appears as if the calendar lost some functionality. I can no longer configure the default reminder time or adjust the settings that controls reminders on the lock screen. See screenshot. Anyone else having problems with the 4.3 calendar?

  • Matt Fisher

    DO NOT UPDATE IF YOU USE FOXFI!!!!!! Verizon installed their subscription checker with this update that breaks foxfi!!!

    • Rita


  • Tamiko

    For some reason, I can’t seem to bring up the air command feature in this update. Did we get it?

  • Tamiko

    There is also no “pen window”. What exactly was supposed to be in this update. Cuz I’m not really seeing any new features. Only new apps…

  • steve

    After upgraded to 4.3, my note2 cannot run smooth as it keep shows up “touchwiz home stopped” and hung.. screenshot attached.. any solution?!?

  • JR

    After updating my Verizon Note 2, I’ve had 3 nagging problems.

    1. Touch wiz crashes at start up
    2. Battery life is noticeably shorter
    3. Cannot get a stable wifi connection.

    I wish I had stayed a 4.1.2

  • xgkl

    La popup internet disponible avant sur le note 2 n’existe plus avec la 4.3 dommage car c’était bien pratique parfois pour continuer de voir l’application en cours et naviguer sur Internet en même temps