Samsung has begun updating both international versions of the Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100 and GT-N7105) to Android 4.3, a change that brings a slew of new features and improvements to the user experience. This is the first time the Galaxy Note 2 has received a major firmware update – the device launched with Android 4.1.2 on board back in October 2012, and has been stuck on the version ever since.

Here’s a rundown of the biggest changes coming to the international Note 2 (GT-N7100) and Note 2 LTE (GT-N7105) along with the bump to 4.3 Jelly Bean, according to Sam Mobile:

  • Support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch
  • Samsung Knox security suite, Samsung Wallet payment app
  • Support for the TRIM command, which should improve the performance of flash storage
  • Better RAM management, GPU drivers, and, overall, improved performance
  • UI update to match the Galaxy S4 theme
  • New lockscreen, new screen modes, Daydream, driving mode, actionable notifications
  • Move apps to SD card feature
  • New S Voice and new voice commands

To the dismay of those who hoped for the Note 2 to gain some of the new S Pen features on the Note 3, the update doesn’t bring anything in this department. It’s possible that features like Air Command, the new S Note, and improved Search will make it to the Note 2 in a future update, but don’t count on it. And, if you really want them, there’s always the unofficial route.

Unlike the botched Android 4.3 update for some versions of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, this update seems to be very stable and issue-free.

Currently, the Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100) Android 4.3 update is rolling out in India, with more markets to follow soon. Unbranded, unlocked devices will get the update first, with carrier versions generally lagging behind.

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