Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update in 'final' leak

The Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is reported to be imminent, finally bringing new features from the Note 3.

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The Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is reported to be imminent, finally bringing new features from the Note 3 to the Note 2.

SamMobile claims to have got its mitts on Android 4.3 test firmware version N7100XXUEMK4, which it claims to be one of the last trial versions before the official release.

The leaked software update brings features from the new Note 3 to the older Note 2, including an improved interface and tabbed settings, as well as for the first time Samsung Knox and Samsung Wallet apps.

But disappointed phone fans note the leaked version of Android 4.3 doesn't include cool Note 3 features such as improved camera software and the quick-access Air Command menu wheel. Whether they will show up in the official release remains to be seen.

The new software is also expected to make the Note 2 compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 recently updated to Android 4.3, but there was no love for the Note. US networks are reported to have plans to release the Note 2 update on Wednesday, but the 20 November release date has yet to be confirmed. Samsung is yet to officially name the date when the official update will be pushed out to the Note 2.

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