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Samsung Android 4.2 Updates Continue Missing Flagship Devices



Samsung continues to roll out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean updates to devices not called Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or Samsung Galaxy S3, a trend that, despite Samsung’s lack of confirmation, points to the devices both getting Android 4.3 Jelly Bean instead of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 owners are going to have to wait for their next big Android update. While Samsung refuses to reveal its plans, roll outs and carrier information suggests that the two flagships will be skipping Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Read: Android 4.2 & Android 4.3: Which Samsung Phones Will Get Updates?.

The Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 update is unlikely to roll out.

The Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 update is unlikely to roll out.

Australian carrier Telstra revealed that Samsung would be skipping Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for Android 4.3, confirming rumors that suggested such. And last week, we saw Galaxy S3 carrier Telekom confirm that its Galaxy S3 would be skipping Android 4.2 for Android 4.3, a sign that the Galaxy S3 is heading to greener pastures.

Further proof has come with Samsung’s continuing Android 4.2 Jelly Bean roll outs which have hit a number of less-adopted devices. The latest according to SamMobile, the Galaxy Note 8.0 3G in Germany, which is now receiving its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update. Samsung in the past has typically updated its flagship devices first and then moved to lesser devices. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is a big name devices but isn’t as widely adopted as Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.

The Galaxy Note 2 is expected to get Android 4.3 not Android 4.2.

The Galaxy Note 2 is expected to get Android 4.3 not Android 4.2.

The update comes a week after the LTE version of the Galaxy Note 8.0 received its update to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Google’s previous version of Android software. The latest version, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, is expected to touch down for devices like the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 later in the year.

Thus far, we haven’t heard about any specific time lines for the updates but updates typically roll out a few months after Nexus devices get their updates. That could mean roll outs in September, October or later.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, which is expected to launch on September 4th, is rumored to be arriving with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean stock out of the box.



  1. udit

    08/12/2013 at 11:44 am

    Good bye Samsung

  2. kris

    08/12/2013 at 12:54 pm

    why does post after post say the same exact thing? They just refuse to give us an update! Stupid!

  3. henry

    08/12/2013 at 6:58 pm

    are you guys idiots? you’ll be getting the latest update. who cares if one measly, minor interim update doesn’t get pushed.

    good luck with other android vendors if you’re upset with this, since Samsung has the best track record for updates.

  4. Mag

    08/12/2013 at 10:49 pm

    Cowards, not ready to give an estimated date.

  5. Darren

    08/13/2013 at 4:37 am

    I agree with henry.. There is nothing wrong with Samsung and it has proved itself so who cares about 4.2 if they are working on giving us 4.3? Good luck with other devices and I am sure we won’t miss you.. hahaha

  6. sanity

    08/13/2013 at 9:48 am

    I’d understand the disappointment if Samsung wasn’t updating these phones at all, but they are.

    Every one sucks at Android update except for Samsung who’s so far proved they care about their customers, so they deserve some slack, especially for such a minor update.

    Hell, I have jelly bean on my 2 year old Galaxy S2. Let’s see anyone else who does that.

  7. Joe

    08/14/2013 at 9:39 am

    I understand that Samsung is tring to bring the best Android update to the flagship phones so I will stand by them for now.

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