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Verizon Galaxy Note 2 Gets Kit Kat!

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on Verizon is receiving Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2)! If you can believe it, after the extremely long waiting period that plagued the VZW Note 3’s Kit Kat, today’s update actually brings the 4.4 love to Verizon’s Note 2 before both AT&T and T-Mobile variants.

The update adds support for Samsung KNOX 2.0, which includes features like Dual Persona, real time kernel protection, VPN framework, and a universal MDM client. 

If the enterprise side of the update means nothing to you, then know that you are also getting a brand new keyboard, along with other Kit Kat goodies. Verizon’s changelog doesn’t get deep into the details, but you should see a revamped lock screen with enhanced media controls, the option to choose a default SMS app, restyled notification bar, wireless printing, and more.

The update has been approved by Verizon, so rollout to your handset should happen with a couple of days. To check for it, head into Settings>About Phone>System updates.

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Via:  Verizon
  • Ronnie Thames

    How do i uninstall dis update’?

  • Notejunk

    Upgrade took away the hid/unhide app feature. loved that feature

  • Ahmed Esam

    offline link please

  • FknTwizted

    Break me off a piece of that!!! WTF is dual persona?

  • IJS

    Wow Verizon! SOOOOO the Galaxy Gear 2 exists!!!!!

  • Moseph

    Got it in Charleston, SC

  • Eli Carter

    Got it in Cali

  • mac103

    Just got it in Boston area.

  • jhl

    Got it in Asheville NC

  • Brett

    Downloading now.

  • Liquidretro

    Nothing here yet, glad we got it. It was kind of unknown.

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    8 months later

  • Kevin Black

    haven’t got the update yet but hopefully soon

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  • mac103

    The best phone I’ve ever had is about to get even better (just checked and it’s not here yet). I have had many many smart phones and the Note 2 is the fist one I’m in no rush to upgrade.

  • Dan

    Awesome! this will give the gurus at XDA the pieces needed to get the “custom” rooted version working correctly, I can hardly wait.

  • pyro74boy .

    This is great news for a change because I have the Note2 on Verizon. Now it’s just a matter of Verizon sending out the OTA. yeah baby I’m very happy about this.

  • Kelly OBrien

    just checked mine and no upgrade available yet. Stilll on jelly bean

    • pyro74boy .

      Yeah they said that Verizon still has not sent out the OTA so this stands to reason.

  • akellar

    It’s not Tizen?

    • Bryan Mills

      That’s the next update, and it’s coming to the Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, S4, S5, and future S6.

      • Dave

        Pretty sure Samsung knows that would be slitting the throat of their market dominance…I can’t imagine they’d do it.

        • Bryan Mills

          They’re crazy enough to do it,and the sheep will follow.

  • Dedduck0121

    Finally! I normally buy a new phone every 6 months or so and the Note 2 is the only phone that I remember that I have held on to for this long. Still using it today and looking forward to the Note 4 (lets skip the Note 3 lol)

    • pyro74boy .

      Amen to your comment

    • PoisonApple31

      I can’t imagine using a Note without Air Command and can’t imagine not being able to use the S-Pen on the capacitive buttons. Two huge improvements in the Note 3. Very excited about Note 4.

      • Jeramy Eggers

        You can use those, as well as much more, and we have a unlocked bootloader. Different horses for different cours

      • Dedduck0121

        Those two upgrades alone is what made me want the Note 3 at first. I am still holding out for Note 4 though. Note 2 is just too good to me.

  • jimt

    Looks like the OG Nexus 7 is going to be last, if at all, go figure.

    • SplashMTN

      I’ve had Kit Kat on my OG Nexus 7 for months. I think everyone has.

      • jimt

        My bad I thought it said Kit Kat 4.4.3 not 4.4.2

        • SplashMTN

          Oh gotcha.

  • T4rd

    Recently sold my Note 2 for a One M8. While quite the upgrade in performace (esp. GPU wise), the Note 2 was no slouch and was really the first phone I had that I didn’t hate after a few updates and over a years worth of use.

    • pyro74boy .

      I agree I’m still rocking my N2 and love it. I do agree that it’s starting to show some age but I also think that It can give anyone of these phones a decent run for the money. I had the Note3 for a short time and to be very honest I returned it back to Verizon after a few short days because there was noticeable lag on the Note3 when compared to the Note2. I was thinking that maybe I just ended up with a bad N3 but nope the store display N3 acted the same exact way.

      • PoisonApple31

        I definitely agree with you that there was lag on that Note 3 initially, even some apps would force close. With each maintenance update, it just got smoother and smoother. Kit Kat was a fantastic upgrade on the Note 3.

        Since I started using Nova Launcher, I haven’t noticed any lag on the phone.

        • Dave

          I returned a MotoX after a few days. Battery and performance were way behind the 14 month old Galaxy.

        • Bryan Mills

          That’s the problem. Shouldn’t need a launcher to fix lag.

          • PoisonApple31

            You couldn’t be more right.

      • Dave

        I agree 100%….granted there are better displays and faster chip sets, but this thing still runs great and no lag everybody always speaks about. I still get 24-36 hours of heavy use and easily 48 of light use, even with 5-6 hours of screen time.

    • rutgersjaffo

      Note 2 = Best. Phone. Ever. Your arguments are invalid…

      • Adrynalyne

        He has no arguments….

      • Bryan Mills

        Ugly screen, gross plastic, big bezels, sure it lasted long, but no thanks after 1 time.

        • rutgersjaffo

          Ugly screen? What does that even mean? How can a screen be ugly?

    • Dave

      I actually bought a Moto X and returned it after about 5 days, and kept my GN2. You’re right it’s no slouch, still faster than the X even with TW, not to mention monumentally better battery life. I just hope the update is smooth and stable, my wife’s S4 was a little screwy with 4.4 compared to 4.3.

      • C-Law

        My moto x is my favorite phone ever. Still have my note 2 but I definitely don’t think it’s as nice as the moto x or as quick. I’ve run the note 2 with and without touchwiz and I’ll take the moto x any day. Funny that we both think the opposite

        • Dave

          I tried using them both on wifi and LTE, side by side and the Note pulled much higher speeds, which probably made the difference. After the S3 Samsung severed ties with the Clear Stream connectivity, and whoever they use now has great radio performance. The Moto X wasn’t a bad device, don’t get me wrong, but if I was going to use an upgrade and drop a couple hundred bucks, I just needed to see a serious improvement over what I had, if that makes sense…

    • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

      I completely agree… the first phone I had that I really had no complaints and really loved! I don’t love the Note 3.

  • wh1te_mag1c

    Wow, color me impressed. Good for those who had a gnote2 on Vzw, I guess.

  • jboogie1289

    I had just checked on my wife’s Note 2 this morning. Lolz, guess I need to check again. Wonder if Kies has it available? Don’t think the Vzw Assistant works for the Note 2 tho.

  • jbegs

    about time…

  • Ben Murphy

    Wow, really?

  • Terrence Adams

    Verizon is so unpredictable these days :

  • Mudokon83

    Verizon S III next, come on come on come on….

    • hoodieNation

      Haha, I came to write this same thing

      • Mudokon83

        Note 2 was released back in Aug of 2012, S III was released in May of 2012. Fingers crossed it’ll be next!

        • michael arazan

          But the S3 got 4.3 before the Note 2 last time, I think they switched it around this time, and the s3 will get it next month probably