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Galaxy Note 2 users, fret no more: your serving of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is finally heading your way.

According to Sam Mobile’s usually reliable insider, the Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100) may arrive as soon as this week. In fact, there’s a good chance that Samsung will kick off the rollout today, according to the same source, though probably only in a handful of markets to start with.

If patience is not your forte, you can treat yourself with the updated firmware right now. Sam Mobile has what it claims is a “final” Android 4.3 firmware version for the Note 2, that will supposedly be identical, feature-wise, with the version expected to roll out soon. Some bugs may still afflict it, but aside that, the firmware is supposedly “pretty stable”.

So, what does Android 4.3 bring to the still very capable Note 2? The update will refresh some UI elements to match the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, as well as add a few new features, such as Knox and Wallet. As promised, there’s also support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Unfortunately, this supposedly final 4.3 build does not include the new S Pen features introduced on the Note 3, such as Air Command or the improved S Note app, in a rather odd decision on Samsung’s part. If that’s truly the case with the official release, there’s still the possibility to port over some of the Note 3 features yourself.

We’ll keep you posted on the official rollout of the Android 4.3 update for the GT-N7100, so stay tuned.

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