Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 skipping to Android 4.3? [Rumor Mill]

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Key Lime Pie Android 5.0
Here comes a great round of hopeful rumors that may or may not seem to farfetched to some. Apparently a tipster is out tooting his horn about some updates for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. Stating that both devices are slated to skip an Android 4.2.2 update and jump straight to Android 4.3.

I know this would be absolutely amazing and certainly squash the complaints towards slow updates. Even if the supposed source is claiming a potential update release for November or December this year. It gets better though. The tipster is also putting his good foot forward and claims that the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 and the unannounced, but pending, Galaxy Note 3 will all see Key Lime Pie, Android 5.0.

None of this information is concrete of course, but that doesn’t mean that it is improbable. Both the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 have been waiting for an update to Android 4.2.2 for some time now. There was a leaked test build put out back in June for the European versions, but I haven’t seen anything beyond that personally. I didn’t expect to see any news about an Android 4.2.2 update for either device until at least 6 months after the Galaxy S4 was launched. If they update the Galaxy S3, then they need to update the Note 2. With the Galaxy Note 3 right around the corner Samsung can’t push an update out that would be the same OS version as the new device. Simple business thinking right there. Other rumors have pointed to Google releasing Android 4.3 in October, which would give Samsung time to update, at least some, of their current flagship devices in the November/December timeframe. Especially since we are sure they already have a build of it in testing thanks to their close partnership and ties with Google.

Keep in mind that Google has yet to officially announce or talk about Android 4.3 or Android 5.0. Although there has been plenty of evidence and chatter about the upcoming Android 4.3 in the last few months.

With all the talks that still center around fragmentation and lack of manufacturer and carrier updates, a move like this would put Samsung at the head of the pack. Dare I say, more Apple like? If Samsung can pull off updates to a select few of the flagship devices that have helped catapult them to riches, then I see no reason for people to not jump on the bandwagon. It won’t happen overnight sadly and let’s not forget that the carriers in the U.S. still have the final feet dragging say in the matter. I have high hopes on this rumor for now.

Source: CNET 

 

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I am the proud father of three, 3, 9, and 12. I recently upgraded from the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the Sony Xperia Z. Having so many kids warranted a change of pace. Let me tell you, it is mind blowing. I love Android, I love tech and I love my family. Not in that order though. I work hard, play even harder and take care of all that are around me when I can.

  • Nexus4life

    Its weird how a $300-349 Nexus never has rumors about the next update it may or may not be getting, while phones with twice the popularity (due to carrier subsidies), twice the price, loaded with “stuff”, are always in rumor and maybe land for an update.

  • Nexus4life

    Its weird how a 300-349 dollar Nexus never has rumors about the next update it may or may not be getting, while phones with twice the popularity (due to carrier subsidies), twice the price, loaded with “stuff”, are always in rumor and maybe land for an update.

    • Stephen Yuen

      Well, that’s actually because the Nexus 4 has already gotten the update that these ‘more popular’ phones are getting the rumours for now. In fact, the Nexus 4 was central to a number of rumours just a few weeks ago regarding the next version of Android that will definitely be on the Nexus devices first.
      Rumours aren’t actually an indication of how successful a devices is; if anything, tacit approval is best in this case, and the Nexus 4 is very successful in the area of updates.

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