Meant to resolve some security issues on the device
Mobile phone carrier AT&T has started to deliver a new software update to its Galaxy Note II (i317) users, but only with some minor enhancements packed inside.The new firmware release weighs only 8.45MB, and is meant to offer some security improvements, it seems. It might be the fix for the Exynos exploit discovered not too long ago, Android Police notes.
“On Feburary 15, 2013, AT&T released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note II (i317). This update is being pushed to customers via firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) using Wi-Fi,” the wireless carrier announced.
“This software package includes a chipset security enhancement, and will update the baseband version to I317UCAMA4.”
The new software will be pushed only to Galaxy Note II handsets that have already been updated to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, the wireless carrier announced.
Users interested in the update can check the software version on their devices by going to Settings > About device.
The Android 4.1.2 platform release started to arrive on Galaxy Note II at AT&T in late December, and it should have reached all devices by now. Users who haven’t updated to it will find all the necessary info on it on this support page on the carrier’s website.
Owners of an AT&T Galaxy Note II smartphone can manually check for the availability of the new I317UCAMA4 update for them, provided that they did not receive a notification regarding its arrival.
For that, they will need to go to Settings > About device> Software update > Check for Updates.
During the installation of the update, the handset will be unresponsive, AT&T explains. As soon as the new firmware version is installed, the handset will restart automatically.
Before proceeding with the update, users should make sure that the battery inside the phone is charged at least at 50 percent. Backing up important data on the phone is also a good idea, although the installation should erase none of it.
Unfortunately, AT&T did not offer specific info on how long it will take for the new software release to arrive on all Galaxy Note II devices on its network.