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​Latest unconfirmed reports suggest Galaxy S3 also well on its way to Android 4.1, Note 2 currently running ICS

Samsung's Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note could be on track to be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before the end of the year, according to the latest online rumors​. The reports come from Samsung fansite SamMobie, and though they're unconfirmed rumors at this point, the site has proved fairly accurate with this sort of thing in the past.

Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III (S3) is said to be well on its way towards Jelly Bean, with internal testing proving successful, and "public" builds apparently now being put through their paces in anticipation of a late Q3 or early Q4 launch. Meanwhile, last year's leading Samsung phones, the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note are apparently being tested on Android 4.1 too. It's reported that the manufacturer currently plans to update both to Jelly Bean, though the decision isn't yet set in stone. Assuming these updates happen, the site suggests a release before the end of the year.

Looking forwards, there's uncertainty as to which version of Android the Galaxy Note 2 will ship with. The Note 2, which will be unveiled at a Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin on Aug. 29, is said to be running Ice Cream Sandwich right now, and the site's sources didn't know whether the final shipping firmware would be based on Android 4.0 or 4.1. Assuming it ships with ICS, it's suggested a Jelly Bean update will ship in the fourth quarter also.

We're well within unconfirmed rumor territory here, but the dates posited here certainly sound realistic. It's no surprise to see the S3 and Note 2 first in line for Jelly Bean, but today's reports might provide some hope for S2 and original Note owners that Samsung hasn't forgotten about them.

Source: SamMobile


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Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note rumored for Jelly Bean updates in Q4


Hopefully it isn't much longer for the US versions if the s3 after the international version gets its update.

You'd have to ask your carrier for that, its pretty much impossible for CDMA phones to get updates directly from the manufacturer (or Google).

i'm toying with the idea of buying my next Nexus direct from Google. then just use T-Mobile unlimited everything pre-paid via SIM card. immediate updates, no contract, total freedom. but that kind of scares me.

Why does that scare you? I left Sprint to do exactly that, and I don't regret it one bit. JB before the end of the year?? I've been running it for over a month.

I love my Sprint GNex but I wish I would have gone this route. Next time for sure but that's like 20 months away unless I break contract.

Will save you money on long term... make the math, if you can cash in the initial cost 20 months on prepaid would make you xtra cash.

Unless all of the note exclusive apps are updated to run with jelly bean, im confident itll launch with 4.0

I'll believe it when i see it. I've lost all faith in samsung when it comes to them updating my phone. Thank God for XDA. Ive already tried JB on my GS2, only reason why i dont run it is the camera doesnt work properly. When these guys fix that, I'll have JB.

Samsung may be getting it ready for the GS2, but do you think we will actually see it from AT&T? I highly doubt it. Never again will I buy an android device from a carrier. It's either straight from google play or back to iPhone.

cool story but already running Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S2...albeit small little things not working (hwcomposer). It would be nice to get something official from Sammy tho.

Of course, even though Sammy will be finished with the update, Verizon will drag their heels as they add trashware to Jellybean. I'm content with ICS, but unadulerated Jellybean would be awesome. I know I can root and install a custom rom, but I'm not to the point yet where I feel I need to. It's also nice to see that the S2 and Note are being considered for the update.

With Telstra in Australia, we're STILL waiting for an official ICS release for the Note! I don't hold my breath for JB. CM9 or CM10 are looking very tempting at the moment.

So the S2 which is older than the Droid Charge got upgraded to ICS and now it may get upgraded to JB? But the Charge is stuck on GB. Great. Thanks a lot Samsung. -_-;