Samsung still testing Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update
Sam Mobile, an accurate news source when it comes to anything Samsung, says that Samsung’s mobile division is still testing the planned Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile system update for the 2012 flagship phones, the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2.
In short, the update will not arrive yet, in fact, the site said that the Korean tech giant is planning to launch the new system in Q3 or July to September of this year.
And here’s another issue, this testing is most likely for the international model only, and customers on Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile might need to wait for announcement from Samsung (or rumors, maybe), and if the phone maker will also update the US-based variants. Verizon recently updated its Galaxy S3 to Jelly Bean, but bugs were reported, so it is safe to say that Samsung is more cautious now to avoid another disastrous system rollout.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 currently runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich in some countries, while others are enjoying the slightly older version of Jelly Bean, the 4.1. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 runs Android Jelly Bean out of the box.
According to rumors, Samsung Mobile wants to put the new TouchWiz skin on the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2. For beginners, the new TouchWiz can be found on the Galaxy S4, Samsung’s 2013 flagship Google Android handset.
In related news, the Wall Street Journal in a new report is claiming that Samsung phones are now looking “less stellar” and citing lower than expected sales of the Galaxy S4. Analysts say the Galaxy S4 lacks the so-called “wow” factor, and looks similar to the Galaxy S3 — well, because the Samsung Galaxy S3 is cheaper now, some analysts warn that Samsung’s new flagship will miss target sales because consumers will likely choose the Galaxy S3 and other cheaper Samsung handsets.
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Source: Sam Mobile, article by Carlo Raphael Diokno, posted under Samsung Mobile and Android.