Well, surprise surprise! If you’re a Verizon Galaxy Note 2 customer who’s been wishing for a taste of the sweet treat of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, congratulations – your prayers have been answered. Yesterday, Verizon released the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 2, having been beaten to the punch by Sprint only. AT&T and T-Mobile have yet to issue their Android KitKat updates for their Note 2 customers, but we’ve a feeling that they shouldn’t be too far behind now. We should see those respective updates in the coming days.
The Galaxy Note 2 is soon to be two years old, and will turn another year older when Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 4 this Fall. At this point, it seems likely that Android 4.4.2 KitKat is the latest and last of Android goodness for the aging device – so Verizon Note 2 customers, enjoy this last download.
Verizon has published the update manual that alerts you as to what you can expect with the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. First, there’s support for Knox 2.0 that’s been added to the Galaxy Note 2. Samsung’s always into protecting its devices, so we’re not surprised to see Knox updated to 2.0. Next, there’re new keyboard options for the Galaxy Note 2 that come compliments of 4.4.2 KitKat: you can now access emojis when typing on your virtual on-screen keyboard by way of the voice command key. Just press the key and hold for a few seconds until the icon options appear. You should see a smiley face now along with the usual voice command, clipboard, text, and settings icons.
A few icons have been changed in the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update: Google Drive, Photos, Play Newsstand, Emergency Alerts, S Suggest, and Samsung Music apps/widgets have all been changed. You can never get enough cosmetic changes to your current apps list. It doesn’t change any functions within the apps themselves, but it gives your aging Galaxy Note 2 a different look. It turns out that you can still give an old smartphone a new look. Alongside of its new look, the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 also sees a resolution to some issues within Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, such as the removal of error code popups in the Backup Assistant, as well as improved music streaming connectivity. Samsung has supplied additional support for the Galaxy Gear Manager so that your Galaxy Gear can work smoothly with your now Android 4.4.2 KitKat-enabled Verizon Galaxy Note 2.
See Also: Android 4.4.3 KitKat arriving
As if you didn’t have enough to anticipate in the new update, Samsung has added Gear 2 compatibility to the Android 4.4.2 Verizon Galaxy Note 2 update. The Verizon manual says that it’s “Galaxy Gear 2 compatibility,” but this is a typo. There is no “Galaxy Gear 2,” strictly speaking, because Samsung placed the Gear 2 on Tizen, its own operating system, instead of Android. The first-generation Galaxy Gear was placed on Android, but Samsung is currently updating its devices and moving the Galaxy Gear from Android to Tizen to improve battery life. The Galaxy Gear 2 designation here refers to the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, Samsung’s latest smartwatches. Your Galaxy Gear should work just fine with the new update.
See Also: Android 4.4.3 KitKat provides bug fixes
If you’re a Verizon Galaxy Note 2 customer who has never purchased a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, now’s as good a time as ever. Best Buy’s now offering the first-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch for $89. Keep in mind that these are refurbished models, but they’ll work no differently than brand new models. Best Buy’s current deal applies to all six color variations (including the Gray and Mocha models, as well as the orange, lime, rose gold, etc.), so get yours while supplies last. If you’re interested in the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo models, you’ll pay $299 for the Gear 2 and $199 for the Gear 2 Neo.