AT&T lights up new 4G LTE markets, pushes Android 4.4.2 to Samsung Galaxy Note II

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: June 25, 2014

AT&T 4G LTE logo

Google isn’t the only one with big announcements to make today, as AT&T has revealed that it’s activated new 4G LTE networks and that is also pushing an Android 4.4.2 update. 

First up, AT&T has lit up several U.S. markets with its LTE service. Those include Anniston, Gadsden and Oxford, Ala.; Olean, N.Y.; Greenville and Mansfield, Ohio; and Fredericksburg, Texas.

AT&T also announced that it’s now pushing an Android 4.4.2 update to its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The update brings the Note II up to software version I317UCUCNE5. AT&T’s changelog for the update is:

  • Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) offers improved performance and new features, highlights include:
    • New platform support for secure NFC-based transactions through Host Card Emulation (HCE).
    • Camera icon on the lock screen.
    • Printing support for apps.
    • New storage access framework - Simple for users to browse and open documents, images, and other files, across most customer preferred document storage providers.
    • 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.
    • Better accessibility experience across apps with system-wide preference for closed captioning and subtitles support.
    • To turn on closed captioning go to Settings > Accessibility > Captions.
    • See beautiful full-screen album and movie art on the device lock screen if listening to music or watching movies. Users can play, pause, or seek to a specific moment.
    • See http://www.android.com/versions/kit-kat-4-4/ for more information.
  • The Beats Music App is also included in this update.

While Samsung’s changelog looks like this:

  • 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

You AT&T Galaxy Note II owners can snag this update by heading into Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Check for updates. Be sure to give us a shout once your Note II gets its taste of KitKat!

Via Android Central, Droid-Life, AT&T (1), (2), (3), Samsung

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