The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S3 may soon see an update to the latest version of Android. The latest rumor points to a Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.2.2 update in May or June, along with a Galaxy S3 4.2.2 update.
This is good news for owners of the popular Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3, but it is likely that this update will come after the announcement of Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie) at Google I/O on May 15th.
Samsung recently pushed out Android 4.1.2 updates to several versions of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 is also running Android 4.1.2 on some carriers.
The latest news comes from SamMobile’s twitter account, claiming the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.2.2 update and the Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.2 updates are coming soon, specifically in May or June.
Android 4.2.2 updates Galaxy S III and Note II May / June.
— SamMobile (@SamMobiles) April 1, 2013
Once this update rolls out, users will be on the same version of Android as the soon to launch Samsung Galaxy S4. At the Galaxy S4 launch event, Samsung promised some of the new Galaxy S4 software features will come to the Galaxy S3, and possibly to the Galaxy Note 2.
Samsung did not announce which features specifically will appear in a Samsung Galaxy note 2 or S3 update, but based on leaks we expect Smart scroll and the Smart pause feature to make an appearance. We may also see further support for Multi-View on the Galaxy S3 in the U.S. and enhanced motion control. The video below shows some of the most impressive Samsung Galaxy S4 software features.
The leak unfortunately does not offer much more information about the Android 4.2.2 update for the Note 2 and Galaxy S3, but it is likely referring to a roll out on the international version of the device. This means U.S. users may be in for a long wait before carriers approve the Android 4.2.2 update.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.2 update arrived on U.S. carrier versions nearly three months after the update rolled out in the UK. This delay is unfortunate as is the lack of the Galaxy S3 premium suite of features, which did not make it to the U.S. versions of any of these devices. It’s not clear why carriers and Samsung decided to withhold new features from U.S. customers, but it is possible the same practice could limit the features of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy note 2 Android 4.2.2 update.
In any case, expect a three-month wait for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.2.2 updates to hit the U.S. carriers after the initial release. According to an alleged Samsung leak, the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy note 2 are also in line for an update to Android 5.0, but the timing of that rumored update is unknown.