Several carrier variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note II have already been updated to Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat. And as of today it looks like the update process has begun for AT&T users. This will have AT&T Galaxy Note II users jumping from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Looking back the Jelly Bean update arrived back in December, 2013.
Having said that, along with the bump to Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat -- AT&T Galaxy Note II users will be pushed to version I317UCUCNE5. Samsung has offered a fairly detailed changelog for the update, and that can be seen sitting just below.
- New Lock Screen Access
- Media Controls - full-screen album art and media controls when listening to music
- Camera Shortcut - access the Camera application right from the lock screen
- Improved user experience when multiple messaging apps are installed - All SMS and MMS messages are together in the same app, alongside other conversations and video calls
- Visual content such as photos, videos, maps, books, and games are even better with full-screen immersive mode. The UI stays hidden while interacting with the content
- Restyled Status and Navigation Bars - status and navigation bars are translucent and can sit on top of apps, along with simplified status bar icons
- New storage access framework - Simple for users to browse and open documents, images, and other files, across most customer preferred document storage providers
- Consolidated Location Settings - location services are integrated and more detailed by new Location menu
- Expanded Emoji Icons
- Wireless Printing – supports printing over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Prevention Information pop-up message is suppressed
- New platform support for secure NFC-based transactions through Host Card Emulation (HCE)
- Beats Music is Preloaded
- Video player closed captioning Settings > My device > Accessibility > Google subtitles (CC) and Samsung subtitles (CC)
- Can be set sound for Samsung apps (call/message/email/calendar) Setting > my Device > Sound > Samsung applications
If you happen to be carrying an AT&T branded Galaxy Note II you may want to be on the lookout for an update notification to arrive. The key here is to remember how these updates generally roll out in batches. Or in other words, the update may not be available for your specific device just yet.
That basically leaves you with a few options. You can sit back (with some patience) and wait for the update notification to arrive, or take the pro-active approach and go looking for it. The former is the easiest option, however we suspect more will be choosing the latter. There hasn't been many user reports just yet, but we'll make sure to let everyone know if those reports start coming in with complaints.