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Galaxy Note 2 & Galaxy S3 Will Likely Skip Android 4.2 for Android 4.3

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While Samsung still hasn’t officially canned the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean updates, it’s becoming increasingly likely that both devices will skip Android 4.2 updates in favor of Google’s latest Android update, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen a ton of back and forth in regards to the missing Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean updates. Earlier this year, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 update leaked though recent rumors suggest that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Note 3 will both skip Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for Android 4.3.

Read: Samsung’s Android 4.3, Android 4.2 Update Situation Takes a Twist.

Rumors peg the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.2.2 and Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.2 Updates for May or June.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 updates don’t appear likely.

It seemed a little bit outlandish at the time but it now appears that it may have been dead-on. Recently, we reported that Australian carrier Telstra confirmed that Samsung had pulled the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.2 update in favor of something newer, likely Android 4.3, and more recently we’ve seen Samsung roll out Android 4.2 updates to lesser devices, something that just hasn’t happened in the past.

Typically, Samsung gets major Android updates out to its flagship devices first and then moves to upgrade its devices that are not as adopted by consumers. In the case of Android 4.2, we’ve seen it roll out to the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus, a confusing update given that the Galaxy S2 Android 4.2 update was rumored to be cancelled, and now, SamMobile says that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 in France is receiving Android 4.2.2.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 can run S Voice from the Galaxy S4 with S Voice Drive.

The Galaxy S3 remains on Android 4.1, an update it got last September.

What this means is that the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 have both been beaten to Android 4.2. And while it may just be because Samsung needs additional time to prep Android 4.2, it’s more likely that the company simply shifted, as Telstra said, to Android 4.3. Thus far, we haven’t seen anything emerge in regards to the Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 or Android 4.3 updates, but the fact that it hasn’t seen Android 4.2 yet is a sign that Samsung has likely moved on.

Samsung has yet to confirm Android 4.3 updates for any of its devices though the company recently said that it will be talking about upgrades sometime in the future.

22 Comments

  1. Seeh2o

    08/02/2013 at 1:05 pm

    My Google Nexus 7 did an automatic upgrade last night. Went right to 4.3. I’m waiting for my Samsung Galaxy s3 to do the same, but alas, it hasn’t. I’m with T Mobile

    • Allen C

      08/06/2013 at 8:38 am

      yeah Samsung has a way of selling the phones good phones by the way then moving on to the next and forgetting about their existing client base this is not going to work long term

      • michael chapman

        08/06/2013 at 2:58 pm

        I think it was the gs3 and the note 2 that brought samsung to the top. And now it seems like they take there time on updating these phones.and know us gs3 and note 2 owners have had a enough of this waiting game. So samsung do the right thing and give us 4.3 now.

  2. michael chapman

    08/02/2013 at 5:55 pm

    Who ever thought that samsung would be following htc on the 4.3 update. And us gs3 owners have been waiting and waiting on 4.2.2 so now it’s 4.3 and the waiting game continues for us that have the gs3 so thanks samsung for making us wait this long while htc is taking care of there customers.

    • crazyemon3y

      08/03/2013 at 9:22 pm

      Thats not exactly true. For example, the HTC One S and the Samsung Galaxy S3 came out within three or four months of each other. From what we know, Samsung is at least working on an update. HTC already announced that they were no longer supporting the HTC One S with updates. HTC hasn’t been so good with updating phones.

      • michael chapman

        08/03/2013 at 9:38 pm

        I guess u can say samsung has been working on a update but it keeps being delayed over and over and has of right now they have some very upset customers that will not buy there phones anymore. Do to all of the delays because the gs4 didn’t sell has they thought so they just forgot about us gs3 owners. You don’t do that too your customers and think the will keep buying the samsung brand.

  3. drdinesh

    08/02/2013 at 7:45 pm

    Samsung makes us fool from a long time .my note2 is my last samsung phone .f…….

  4. Aniruddha

    08/02/2013 at 9:08 pm

    I not going with Samsung anymore in d future….

  5. Pawan

    08/02/2013 at 9:33 pm

    I shall not go for Samsung devices as the Android updates being not cared for costliest devices like mine Note 2.

    Shame to Samsung.

    • jay

      08/03/2013 at 12:16 pm

      Nt me

  6. stephane

    08/03/2013 at 8:19 am

    Ces vraiment degoutant de la par de samsung d’ignorer les mises a jour des Galaxy S3 et Note 2 depuis des mois est des mois!!!!!! Et depuis 2 jour on aprend que les Galaxy S2 Plus Obtienne la Mises a Jour 4.2.2.. Alors la c ta rien ni comprendre, si ces comme ça que Samsung veux Garde ces client est les remercié de cette façon et bas bien joué!!!tous que j espere ces qu il y aura quelqu un pour faire une sorte de Petition contre samsung sur un reseau social pour que cela fasse beaucoup de bruits et que cela leur fasse bouger leur grosse fesses et nous sortir enfin une mises a jour, meme la 4.2.2 je crois que tous le monde serais déja content de l’avoir car depuis le temps!!!!!!!!!! Bref Samsung Inc Honte a Vous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • masteli

      08/04/2013 at 9:15 pm

      Bien dit

  7. tim

    08/04/2013 at 4:36 pm

    I haven’t since any updates for my note 2 since I got it .still running android 4.1 which is really sad since this was the so called beast when it came out. I am not sure if I want Samsung phones anymore

  8. bklyn

    08/04/2013 at 6:37 pm

    So not fair tuu hav faithful nd loyal cutomers nd diz iz hw yhu reward ur loyal customers, like realli, we should hav gotten da upgrade bii nw!! =(

    • Mike

      08/05/2013 at 4:28 pm

      Uhhhh. what?

  9. Brian

    08/04/2013 at 10:21 pm

    I just did cyanogenmod 10.1, seriously it’s easier that way and more of a stock experience. It was a little of a hastle getting it to work but totally worth it. Just be careful

  10. njio

    08/07/2013 at 3:10 am

    the Galaxy Note 2 will be my last samsung phone…

  11. Nabil H (@inabster)

    08/13/2013 at 5:11 pm

    Samsung Galaxy S3, my first and last smartphone from Samsung…
    a very bad investment for me…
    customer service and support pretty inexistent…
    upgrades delays…
    what is there to like? not much…
    sad I still have one year left on the O2 contract…

  12. Bhushan

    08/14/2013 at 11:02 pm

    No update for my 8 months old S3…. Dont know will get update or not.. Samsung is kind of loosing out…. Will have to look for a better Android deveice now…

  13. HENRIQUE

    08/15/2013 at 5:21 am

    Pra mim isto é lenda !!
    porque não tem nem data nem dia nem hora pra atualização tudo boatos !

    Acho que eles não vão atualizar merda nem uma pois estou esperando desde janeiro esta atualização e nada sai ….

  14. nina

    08/15/2013 at 1:46 pm

    My note 2 is the last Samsung product I’ll ever waist my money on again… I’m definitely moving to Sony …. I’m so disappointed

  15. Michael

    09/10/2013 at 3:26 pm

    It’s disappointing that Samsung doesn’t keep its older devices up to date. My note 2 is great but I’ll look carefully at the competition when I come to upgrade. Apple products aren’t as good at present but their user support can’t be faulted.

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