Good news, folks. Samsung has begun pushing out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100).

For now, the update is only available in France (XEF) through the Kies PC companion software. No information on an OTA rollout just yet, but knowing Samsung, it shouldn’t be too far behind.

Other countries should follow over the coming days, with priority given to unlocked versions of the Note 2. Carrier-branded models are subject to more approvals and testing, so they tend to lag when it comes to system updates.

According to the folks at Sam Mobile, who put the update through its paces, the Android 4.4.2 update for the Galaxy Note 2 brings all the KitKat-specific features found on other Samsung devices, including support for cloud printing, NFC tap-to-pay support, all white icons in the status bar, full-screen album art, and the ability to put a camera shortcut on the lockscreen. The phone’s performance and general smoothness seems to have been improved, and we expect that a number of bug fixes and tweaks have been applied under the hood.

In terms of Samsung features, the most visible are the Knox security suite and Wallet, Samsung’s own mobile payments app.

This is an official build bearing the N7100XXUFND3 version number. To check for your update, go to Settings > About phone > Software update on your phone, though it’s also worth trying plugging your Note 2 in Kies for a manual check.

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