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Galaxy Notes 2 and 3, Galaxy S4 to get Lollipop, according to Samsung Finland

It seems that Samsung has a treat for those still clinging to their older Galaxy Note devices. According to a listing by the company's Finnish branch, the Galaxy Note 2 is expected to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. Also coming along for the ride are confirmations of Google's latest coming to the Galaxy S4, as well as the Galaxy Note 3.

While we have previously seen samples of Lollipop running on both the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S4, the big news is that Samsung's aging Note 2 is set to receive the candy flavored update.

There's still no word on when exactly we can expect to see the update start to roll out, but this is great news nonetheless.

Source: Samsung Finland (opens in new tab); via GSM Arena

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  • To come in 2016 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Don't be surprised if it rolls out any day. Samsung is good like that Posted via Android Central App
  • LOL Good luck.
  • Extended the life of my Note 2, but Verizon won't push it out until Christmas if 2015. I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • Wtf? And S3 4g isnt getting lollipop update?
  • Lol if you still have an s3 at this point you don't want an update that'll break stuff and lag Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's hilarious! The S3 minus it's silly little battery is one of the best Phones ever made. Posted via Android Central App
  • Was Posted via the Android Central App
  • The S3 us still being sold. It can handle most if not all of the newer apps coming out. It does have lag, but that might be because I'm still running 4.3...
    Oh yeah, mine has free minutes, text, and data on FreedomPop, so I'm never getting rid of it. Posted via "the Contest-Won" Sprint Galaxy Note 4
  • I'm not saying that it is the best phone out because my Note2 is better. Plus you have the S4 Note3 and now the Note4. That being said, my wife still uses the S3 with Kit Kat. The multi window feature running 2 apps at a time, while seaming to have no lag at all. Not going into full detail, I'll just say it's still a major player in the game for a lot of people. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My S3 lags all the time, and it idles at 1 GB Ram with no apps open after a reboot and Force stopped all unwanted apps and Samsung apps and process'. The S3 I have only has 1.5 GB Ram and reboots randomly when it peaks out. TW Sucks
  • S3 US versions and the 2GB ram are still OK phones. The International 1GB ram S3 model holds one application at a time with its multitasking capability. Posted via the Android Central App
  • One app at a time? Really? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Keep in mind that the S3 lineup came out in May of 2012, while the Note 2 lineup was October/November of 2012 (regardless of when your carrier decided to launch them). The Note 2 is a newer device. Technically, Lollipop came out roughly 24 months after the Note 2, so with many carriers extending their support window to 24 months, the Note 2 falls in (barely) whereas the S3 does not. Of course, that same argument would dictate that the S3 should have gotten KitKat, and we all know what Samsung did with that (2GB/LTE variants only).
  • +1 Posted via the Moto X Pure Edition
  • But nonetheless the 2 gigabyte device of the S3 can handle Lollipop. Look at the Nexus 4 for an example, but nonetheless with Touchwiz, I would reconsider Posted via the Android Central App
  • Believe it or not the s4 pro is still a solid chip every app I throw at it performs fine Posted via the Android Central App
  • The S3 can easily hold up for the next 2-3 updates. I'm still loving kikat so hopefully they hold off on lollipop Posted via Android Central App
  • I'll drink to that! My S3 has been doing fine and frankly it was the real game changer when it came out. I go and play with newer phones, but when I realize mine is paid for, I have no contract and it's been unlocked I wonder why I'd get something different other than being able to get the updates..
  • It would be nice if Sammy actually updated ALL S3 LTE versions in ALL countries before claiming that the S3 LTE received the update. Jut had a look on Sammobile and the GT-I9305 got 4.4.4 in Germany & Poland only. I know they can't control what the carriers do (well they can but they don't want to) but at least get it out there to all those who actually bought the phone unlocked. If only they would make their builds less complicated, maybe they could roll out to more handsets
  • The fact that Galaxy S4 and Note 3 are getting Lollipop shouldn't be much of a surprise because Samsung has a decent track record of updates. But extremely impressive that they will be supporting the Note 2. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wouldn't get all that happy, I bet it will just be the international version Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • @NoNexus Why? I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • No carrier controls. That and it is easier to update. The carriers could just refuse to certify it for the network. Hell Verizon kept an update for a year just because.. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Thanks I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • I know it sounds so cynical most people have contracts to renew and if a two year old phone has the latest software, why upgrade. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • I have an grandfathered unlimited plan with Verizon. I don't have the luxury of being able to get a discounted price for a phone. I buy my phone at full retail. Like you said if you can have the latest software why upgrade. I agree, as long as it works properly. My old RAZR Maxx was so slow with the last update at the time (I think 4.1.2) that it became so slow that I needed to get a new phone. That's when I bought my Note 2 at full retail.
    If this update does come to the Verizon Note 2, I'll hold on to it as long as I can. That way I get the most bang for my buck. I would like to get the latest and greatest whenever, but I have other finances that dictate when I can buy another phone. I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • Check out the lower cost phones. Nowadays many have flagship specs. Posted on my Galaxy S5
  • Case and point:  I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 through Sprint.  Every other version on the planet has gotten the 4.3 update, but I'm still sitting at 4.1 because Sprint has never pushed the update for their version of the tablet.  I figure at some point (when I get a newer tablet) I'll kill the LTE and do the WiFi only update on it.
  • Samsung was easily the first to push out kikat on the S3. Posted via Android Central App
  • Exactly Posted via Android Central App
  • Love it! Can't wait to flash Int version on my Tmob GN2
  • What about us? Posted via soon to be retired s4
  • Read Posted via the Android Central App
  • Great news! I still use my launch day Note II, though it is definitely time for an upgrade as it is showing/slowing it's age.
  • Love my Note 4, if you're looking to get another Note. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Do you have any live concert footage? If so, how's the audio??
  • not well if its really loud...
  • Live concert footage is okay , audio is great....had it at a slipknot / metal festival and you can make out the words in the song preety Well
  • I get slight lag, but I find it to be still a capable phone. If it gets Lollipop I won't need to upgrade anytime soon. Unless the Lollipop upgrade drastically changes for the worse. I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • Highly recommend upgrading to the Note 4. I love(d) my Note 2, but the Note 4 is on another level. You will be highly impressed! Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Note 4 being 2yrs newer it should be. If the Note 2 does actually get it and it runs smooth, that would be very impressive. I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • My wife runs a Note 2 that she's had since it launched...getting her a Note 4 tomorrow and she's pretty excited. I honestly might just get one for myself too if I can get over Touchwiz
  • Install Nova Prime and TW is much more tolerable Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just flash a ROM. Its not an ideal solution, but it is a solution.
    I am currently running cm11 on my note 3 and its running great. The occasional glitch yes, but it's not unstable or laggy or whatever. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's probably what I'll end up doing once a good 5.0 ROM is available.
  • Just install a different launcher.  I run action launcher on my Note 3 and it's awesome.  There's no reason to ROM the phone just because you don't like the TW icons.  If you really wanna get crazy, root it and disable the S- stuff you don't use. (which is most of it, for me) and then you don't even have to worry about those apps loading into RAM.
  • What about the s4 mini??? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I doubt it. All the mini version of flagship variants are horrible apart from the Xperia line. Subpar devices Posted via the Android Central App
  • Its quite likely as most manufacturers are trying to update devices up to two years after(including Samsung)
    And since the Note 2 is receiving it, I'd be optimistic about an s4 mini. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Still no update for my nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi only how disappointing Posted via Android Central App
  • Well the ota on 5.0.2 is already written about here so what are you taking about? Posted via the Android Central App
  • You're choosing to wait then you can flash It now it's not hard Posted via the Android Central App
  • My nexus 7 was updated to lollipop weeks ago, 2012 WiFi model Posted via the Android Central App
  • Mine too...I finally flashed last night using the Wugs Nexus Root Toolkit. Very simple and worked like a charm
  • I have 9 months left on my Note II contract, getting Lollipop would be great. Posted via Android Central App
  • Musta,
    Come on over to T-Mobile ! we can release you from your 9 month obligation.. and put you in a shinny new Galaxy Note 4 with Zero Down and payments of a mere $32.00 a month...
  • Yes, and put you into a 24 month obligation. Contract, Intallment agreement, same shit different pile. Get over yourself. There's a reason TMobile has to pay people to become customers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • honestly, you will probably be getting out of your contract by the time the update is made available...
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Samsung's been pretty good about updates lately.  The Note 3 was one of the very first devices to get 4.3.
  • Smart move. i think samsung is learning that they need to update more of their devices and maintain better support. No reason the note 3 shouldn't have gotten Lollipop anyway, but good to see the note 2 on there as well.
  • They always have for flagship though the note 2 getting it is a bit next level Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • That's why I married into the family with my Note 4 Samsung...
    With the Note 1 , S2 and S3 all receiving Custom ROM's of Lollipop.. we can keep our family together moving forward in the year 2015... You're simply the best Samsung.
  • Agree! I've looked into other non Samsung phones (not going to mention any names) and they don't offer what Samsung does. No SD Card and no removable battery is a deal breaker. It's all about options. Posted via Android Central App
  • While at this point in time I agree with you, with quick charge the battery is becoming less important. I mean that it has to be removable. I just hope that battery size does not stagnant and continues to go up. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Exactly. Battery tech needs to improve. Posted via Android Central App
  • I really hope that the Droid Turbo is selling like hotcakes for Verizon. If it's one of their best-selling Android phones for the quarter, maybe OEMs will start considering sticking enormous batteries in their mid-sized phones (as they should have been doing for ages already).
  • That and only 16/32gb storage options. Screw 16. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Oh god, yes. That's the only reason I haven't gotten a Z3 Compact yet.
  • Too right, look at One Plus One, 64 GB flash option, 3 GB of RAM, half of the price of the Nexus 6.
  • Yeah, I'm completely uninterested in a device that size, though. I have a Nexus 5 now, and I would prefer something a little bit smaller.
  • I'm always more concerned that the battery will just stop holding a charge than I am about having to swap batteries on a regular basis.  I've had to replace the batteries in several previous devices because they just stopped working.  With a removable battery, it's a quick stop by the cellular store on the the way to work and spending $20, not having to buy a whole new phone.
  • Where's my note 4 lollipop update though!! >.< Posted via the Android Central App
  • The same place as these, being worked on. Difference is yours will be more of a priority. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Yep I will be picking my Note 4 up in February. I love my Note 3 but i like to upgrade my device every year. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah haha it's just my impatience talking :/ lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have one for work for another week or so. I decided to save the money for Christmas stuff then buy my own for new years. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Note 2 and n4 are still commonly sold Posted via the Android Central my Rogers Note 4
  • I installed google now launcher on my note4 and it does alleviate some of the tw pain. Just got to get rid of those Damn capacitive controls for note 5. Note 4 has enough muscle to overcome any tw issues anyway. Posted via the Android Central my Rogers Note 4
  • I was going to say, with processor speeds improving touchwiz lag has become less of an issue. I have a Google Now Launcher question for you. Have they fixed the badge issue? I love the launcher but the badge notifications don't work. Posted via Android Central App
  • No don't go to on screen buttons. I go and buy a phone with a 5.7 inch screen,i want to use it all. The space at the bottom is wasted anyway, might as well use it for some good Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • +1 I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • +1 -Posted via Samsung Galaxy Note® 4
  • Badge still doesn't work Posted via the Android Central my Rogers Note 4
  • Exactly. I don't want to have to download more apps just to have badges. I guess stock touchwiz wins again and again and again and again and again and again. Posted via Android Central App
  • Or use apex with the apex notify add on. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Or Nova. Or Action Launcher.  There's a list of options :)
  • I remember reading a few weeks ago that the Note 2 was suppose to get that update. I have exactly 2 weeks left on my contract for the Note 2 and have been debating whether or not to upgrade. Obviously, it would be a Note 4... but now I've been thinking about the Note Edge. I have some serious thinking to do.
  • I'm so sick of hearing about Finland all the time. Call us when a story affects more than 2 readers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly lol..... And if Sammy devices get it before my D850 G3 I'm gong to be pissed ! Posted via the Android Central App
  • They probably will. I got kikat on my S3 two months after roll out. Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • @LegalAmerican ... Well thought out remark, must have really taxed your 2 brain cells Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am sick of other countries getting thier updates prior to the US. SO with that said.
    BLAH
    BLAH
    BLAH
    Show me the M O N E Y! Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • This kinda makes me sad that I replaced my note 2 last week. Posted via the Android Central App
  • when they will release their update on note 3 its been a long time on kitkat and btw its a battery panther Posted via note 3
  • Wait 6 months for Telstra to test and add their blostware.
  • Well I will say that's awesome that they are going to push it to the note 2 that's a great device for its age i hate big phones thats why i got a.. (phablet)
  • My bro will be stoked having note 2 unlocked. Had the chance to have my note3 but he stuck with it. using my note4 or nexus 9
  • For anyone on an LTE Note3 have a look at http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-note-3/development/n9005xxugbnl8-... The_ape on an N9005
  • Nice. Thanks Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Because of how well my note runs on Kk, I'll wait for the bug free ota. Nice grab though Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yet to find any significant issues that aren't going to end up in the first few versions of anything Samsung does ship. Only thing I really miss is Xposed... Oh I miss all my Xposed plug ins....... The_ape on an N9005
  • This was what has made me more interested in leaving Windows Phone, I have the 1020 which was the best phone they had now we will not be getting supported. The Denim that is still coming will not be fully featured for the 1020. Glad to see your older phones are still supported. I still have to wait till September to make the decision and someone in the Windows forum said oh get the other large phone that AT&T has but I don't want to take the chance of them dropping support to that one next. Thanks to everyone who has been answering questions - Merry Christmas everyone
  • Trust there are phones over here that are dropped from support too. But that number is getting less and less. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I should see the Verizon version sometime Q4 2016???
  • Note 2 is quad core, 2 GB of RAM, so it's got the hardware grunt, my 32 GB Nexus 9, only has 2 GB of RAM, dual core, although that's 1 high powdered 64 bit and one low powered 64 bit, with massive 192 GPUs, 3 times as many pixels. Yet currently, I'm running 5.0.1 on the 32 GB Nexus 9, I'm getting windows 10 soon, so will install Kies, might try some manual unlocking today from you tube, Note 2 is only on 4.1.2, managed to brick a galaxy nexus, last year though. We already have Google play services, material interface apps updates, you'd think they'd make it easier, I'm a freaking dip elect comp tech net admin spec after all, so many people have software problems, so few have hardware problems.
  • We still didn't get the 4.4.4 Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's pretty good actually. I was expecting the S4 and note 3 to get lollipop but not the note 2. posted from my galaxy tab pro 10.1
  • Just like my Note10.1 2012 was promised 4.2.2 then 4.4, then 4.4.2 but still sits on its one update since release, 4.1.2 Posted via Android Central App
  • I really hope Samsung keeps the native email app. The only thing I don't like about lollipop on my Nexus 7 is the way it forced me into using the gmail app for my non-gmail accounts. I just don't care for it, it put the new "look and feel" above actual usability.
  • What about S4 Mini? :( he dies with 4.4.2? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'll actually believe this if it happens. I haven't had an OS update on my Note 2 in over 3 years (on 4.3), and Samsung has never updated the OS on the GT-N8013 since it's release, from what I've read. Such a poor track record for supporting their products, in my experience.
  • T-Mobile Note 2 owners in the USA will never see lollipop!