Samsung hasn’t been forthright with information about its upcoming Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates. However, that doesn’t mean that the canvas is blank. In an effort to paint a clearer picture for Samsung device owners, we’ve pieced together rumors, official information and speculation in an effort to bring some clarity to owners of the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 and more.
In November of 2012, Google announced Android 4.2 Jelly Bean alongside the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10. The update, which is an incremental update to its original Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, did bring some likeable things to the table. Among them, lock screen widgets and a quick settings menu.
Manufacturers have been slow to roll out Android 4.2 updates with only a handful of non-Nexus devices currently running the older version of Android Jelly Bean. The slow roll outs, combined with the lack of information, have definitely left device owners on edge. Complicating things is the fact that Google just released another Android update, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is currently hitting Google’s Nexus devices and will be coming to some devices in the future. And as we’ve learned, some of those devices will be Samsung-made.
For Samsung device owners in particular, Android updates represent more than just features from Google. They typically come outfitted with new features from Samsung as well. In the case of the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3, Android 4.2 figured to have some features from the new version of TouchWiz found on the Samsung Galaxy S4. Needless to say, anticipation was running high. In particular, for Galaxy Note 2 owners, who have not received a major Android upgrade since launch.
In years past, companies could be counted on for upgrade time lines and information. Now, companies like Samsung have refused to release specific information in regards to updates so that they don’t set themselves up for failure. This, in turn, has left device owners in the dark.
Samsung isn’t talking about the Android 4.2 or Android 4.3 updates for many of its devices, but that doesn’t mean there is an absence of information. In fact, there is enough to piece together basic and informative outlines in regards to which Samsung devices will be getting which updates.