Upgrading Samsung Galaxy Note 8 from Android 4.2.2 to Android 4.4.2 (Kit Kat) [one solvable problem: touchscreen not responding to finger input]

Kit Kat time for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Android tablet! This is my “journal” of the Upgrade from Android 4.2.2 to Android 4.4.2, Kit Kat!

Since this is a big update, I performed it while connected to wall power. The S-Pen was out of its “nest” during the Update (not by design, it just happened to be so).

You Need Free Space To Download It
The Update is 712.89MB long, so you need to have plenty of space available. The Samsung interface won’t let you download it unless you have enough space. It needs more than that amount. I had about 1.4GB free when it allowed me to download. I’m not sure exactly where the cut-off point was (it was a good opportunity to “clean house” and clean some caches too).


Downloading the Android 4.4.2 Update for the Note 8
Once I freed up enough space, I began the download. This took a while, and it was certainly not because of a slow internet connection on my end. I did not babysit it but I run errands for about an hour before I went back to check on its progress (and it was completed by then).

When the download was completed, I was presented with this fairly (and surprisingly) informative screen…


The Installation Process of 4.4.2 on the Galaxy Note 8
As expected, the device asked to be rebooted. At this point I obviously couldn’t take any screenshots 🙂 For the next 13 minutes or so, I was presented with the “Installing System Updates” screen with a light blue progress bar and a percentage completed on the line below it. It seems to take a bit long in the 60s (60% to 70%) so don’t be spooked by it. A bit ironic that it was the 60s 🙂 This simply takes time, it is not an infinite loop issue like the Nexus 4 Android 4.4.3 issue.

After this step, we have another reboot, first showing the whole Galaxy Note 8 splashscreen (similar to when you cold boot it). This stays for about 2-3 minutes and then you get a Samsung logo in the middle of the screen (and nothing else) for about a minute or two.

From there, we are greeted (and happy to see) the all familiar “Android is Upgrading” with the “Optimizing app 999 of 999” progress line below it. It keeps plodding along. The more apps you have, the longer this step will take. I was shocked to see I managed to stockpile 163 apps on this poor thing. I must needs to an un-installathon!

So in my case, after about 13 minutes (from the start of the Installation process), the Installation process was complete. A popup notifying that the Device Update was complete appeared with the usual “OK” button.

Did I Cause This? Touchscreen was not responsive, Rest Of Device Working
At this point, I thought it would be a good idea to take a screenshot of the above menu, before I pressed the “OK”. I used the S-Pen to attempt to take the screenshot. Then using my a finger I tried to save the screenshot, getting surprised that the screen did not respond to touches.

Then a mini panic ensued, so I forgot all about the screenshot and started trying to figure out what the issue was. The S-Pen was working fine, the Volume buttons were fine, the Wifi was fine, so the only thing not working was the touchscreen recognizing finger input.

Thankfully this went away with a Restart. Pressing the physical Power button and then using the S-Pen to press the “Restart” option. After that, all was well 🙂 Touchscreen finger input is back!

It is possible I may have caused this by trying to capture a screenshot. I don’t know if having the S-Pen out of its pocket may have had a hand in this either. I have no way of knowing either way and I have no way of trying to reproduce this, so you may or may not notice this.

Android 4.4.2 Is Here!
Here is the new version in the “About Device” page! Android 4.4.2 with Kernel version 3.0.31-14978778.


Differences before and after the 4.4.2 Update
Please note this section is based on my recollections, I do not have two devices to do a Side by Side! The comments below are after a few minutes of playing with the new version. I will add more if I observe anything else while using in the regular course of things during the next few days..

1) My previous customized selections at the top of the screen (one finger swipe from the top down) were reset to default. No problem, I re-customized them in mere seconds

2) the design of the Settings pages is slightly more airy and colorful than before. See Screenshot below.

3) I don’t recall if a “Hands Free Mode” was there in Settings before. I never used it before, so I’m not sure. See Screenshot below.

4) The options bar at the top of the screen after you take a Screenshot is more functional with smaller buttons

5) I don’t recall if this was the case before, but the “Android System” listing under “Battery” now shows all the Packages included, so this can be helpful in further investigating what’s (not) eating the battery. On the other hand, almost everything is listed under the “Android System” umbrella 😉 The list is very long, I couldn’t fit them all in a single screenshot!