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.
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.
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.
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