The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update situation has taken a bit of a twist today as the carrier who originally said that Samsung would be updating the Galaxy Note 2 straight to Android 4.3 has taken the device and the update information off of its update status list without explanation.
Earlier this year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update was rumored for arrival. However, rumors soon sprouted up, suggesting that the company may have killed the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update in favor of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. This was backed up by Australian carrier Telstra who claimed that Samsung had cancelled the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update in favor of something else though it didn’t explicitly say Android 4.3.
Telstra issued that declaration back in mid-July and Galaxy Note 2 owners on Telstra, and on other carriers, have been waiting for more information about the upcoming Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update that very clearly is going to be issued instead of Android 4.2.
Originally, the carrier had this to say about the Galaxy Note 2:
Samsung have elected globally to skip the 4.2.2 update for this device and will instead go to a newer version of Android. No schedule has been provided for this update.
Just a few short days ago, Telstra released their new update status list though the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has mysteriously vanished without a trace. It’s unclear why the carrier removed the information about the Galaxy Note 2′s upcoming software update and it adds mystery to a situation that is already a bit tense.
It could be that the carrier doesn’t have any new information, though we would imagine it would have just left it up there with the same info if that were the case. It could be that the situation has changed. It could be that Samsung requested that they take the information down so as not to stir the pot. Whatever the case, Telstra isn’t saying.
It should be noted that the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is also rumored to be skipping Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in favor of Android 4.3, isn’t on the list either and hasn’t been in quite some time.
The fact that Telstra didn’t update users with a specific time frame for the update could mean that the software is not going to roll out for quite some time. Rumors have suggested November for both the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 updates and if that’s true, we could see carriers push these updates out in 2014.
Since September, the Galaxy S3 has been on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an older version of Google’s Android software. The Galaxy Note 2, which arrived later in the year, has been stuck on Android 4.1 as well, the software that was on board when it first arrived. Both updates are expected to have some of the Galaxy S4′s software features on board with the new camera options thought to be distinct possibilities.