Galaxy Note 2 to skip Android 4.2, go straight to 'newer version,' says Aussie carrier

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 might never see Android 4.2, but instead jump straight to the next version of the OS — presumably Android 4.3. In its latest update advisory, Australian carrier Telstra said of the Galaxy Note 2 4.2 update —

"Samsung have elected globally to skip the 4.2.2 update for this device and will instead go to a newer version of Android. No schedule has been provided for this update."

There's been no official confirmation of this from Samsung, nor do we know whether this situation might affect Note 2 devices outside of Australia. But with the Android 4.3 launch seemingly close at hand, it wouldn't surprise us to see certain Android 4.1 phones skip directly to this next version of Jelly Bean.

While Android 4.2 is a relatively minor update for skinned devices, the extra time needed to roll out 4.3 could result Note 2 waiting a little longer for new TouchWiz features. In any case, hopefully the update situation will become clearer once Google officially unveils Android 4.3, something which is expected to occur at next Wednesday's San Francisco press event.

Source: Telstra (opens in new tab)

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  • If this is the case, I'm fine with that. Posted via Android Central App
  • This is straight BS. SURE its "so they can provide a more updated experience" with 4.3, (which wont conveniently happen until after the Note III is released.) In the meantime, Samsung gets to leave another device behind the GS4. Nice try Sammy, but 4.2 came out in October. pathetic it's taken even this long for your one of your "flagships" (whatever that means.)
  • Relax its a phone update. Its not the end of the world. My saying is if it does not affect your well being personally then its not an issue to stress over. Posted via Android Central App
  • Oh hey aaron :D I saw you on the verge :) Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 even though Telstra is expensive the staff their actually knows their stuff very well. I guess that happens when the government owned it/the monopoly and finally sold it off. Posted via the mystical forest creatures that power this Nexus 4.
  • FYI Australia is the last country to ever get Android updates,I'm on Verizon and Australia get os updates 6 months after verizon does. It really sucks for those in Australia getting everything months and maybe a year after the fact.
  • Mind you 4.2 was not stable until 4.2.2 and that came out in Feburary.
  • so you want 4.2.2 now...and then wait for 4.3 about 7 months...i'm cool with that
  • dude, your a little uptight man... relax. THis is actually a good thing... Try living with an HTC device and you just might shoot yourself. I had the one s on tmo and thats not getting anything past 4.1 so at least Samsung is making an effort in the right direction. Not to mention that 4.2.2 REALLY didnt bring much to the table. BREATHE
  • Sounds cool until you realize that means another 6 months til update
  • Exactly, It's going to take a while for Samsung to incorporate Touchwiz into 4.3.
  • Didn't Google make it some OEM's get the software earlier and easier to customize? Posted via Android Central App
  • yes..they did..these ajiphoney users seem to forget things...but we understand it is hard to be nr 2
  • the already have 4.3 for the s4 and have had it for a while (did you miss the leaks for the GPE). There is no doubt in my mind that the reason google is doing these GPE phones is so that the OEMS can get their hands on the latest and greatest faster. I would be willing to bet it wont take samsung long to get it to the carriers. Now, once it gets there, lets see... verizon will probably just say no, tmobile will take an additional 8 months to approve it and its anyones guess with ATT and Sprint!
  • Just another excuse for Sammy not to update the Note 2 right now. Who knows when the Note 2 sees this update ? For sure not until the Note 3 is out for sale worldwide. I bet we don't see the N2 update till like Nov / Dec Posted via Android Central App
  • Everyone needs to just calm the hell down lol Samsung already has completed 4.3 for the S4GE. The completed date on the leaked rom was in mid-June and that means they've had the source for quite a while. Nexus 4 had a rom leak yesterday that also has a completed date of mid-June. If Samsung has already completed their testing phase for the S4GE, then that means they are ready for a production release of 4.3...and that means they are already working on touchwhiz-themed versions, as well. These are probably no more than a month behind the GE version. By the way, for all of you that are wondering, 4.2 is no better than 4.1. I've been running on my N4 for MONTHS. You know what it brings to the table??? Lockscreen widgets. You know what 4.3 adds on top of that? Stability, and a boat-load of security fixes. Deal with the fact that you may have to wait 1-2 more months for an update. If you don't want to wait, you know what your option an official aosp device, unlock the bootloader and flash an updated custom rom, or STFU about waiting for updates!!! This conversation gets really tiring.
  • +1 for calm down. Posted via the mystical forest creatures that power this Nexus 4.
  • TL;DR your rant but there's a huge differece between the work required by Sammy for the mostly vanilla S4GE and its Touchwiz devices. I know it's so obvious but you mentioned that as some sort of point. It's not.
  • You couldn't take 30 seconds, out of your day, to read 2 paragraphs? You should go back and read his reply, before commenting: some great points made, in my book. Posted via Android Central App
  • Sorry, tried Nexus 4 and galaxy Nexus ANd Nexus S. I did not like them at all. AOSP is boring despite slightly smoother than non-skinnned OS. I will never recommend Nexus 4 unless someone is on a budget. Android has matured since the days of Donut/Froyo/GB. Chasing updates don't do as much anymore for an already-great platform. I'd rather have the additionaly functionalities in Touchwiz/Sense, etc.
  • To those of you bitching......relax, at least you "will" get 4.3 on your S4, Note and S3. If you were using any HTC device other than maybe the "One", you would most assuredly, "Not" be getting 4.3 at all, so be happy in knowing that.
  • Then don't buy an htc device pretty simple solution Joshua Jordan
  • The bigger question is why Sammy not update the N2 to 4.2, which is 10 months old already. 4.2 is a GIGANTIC much needed update for the Note 2, for one main reason. "Group texting" for some strange reason that most important feature was left out if Touchwiz on the Note 2. But 4.2 has it built in. And please don't recommend Go SMS, or Handcent. Its always better to use the stock Messaging over third party apps. Posted via Android Central App
  • Telstra is generally pretty slow to release information FYI if that's something go off! Posted via the mystical forest creatures that power this Nexus 4.
  • Are you so incompetent that you don't realize 4.2 features are all carried over to 4.3???
  • Looks like you're the incometent one. It's obvious his point is that it'll be that much longer to get group messaging in the stock app on the GN2 since it "may" be waiting for 4.3...
  • "incometent" is as "incometent" does.
  • Exactly thank you. Now we have to wait even longer for official stock group messaging in the Note 2. My question, why the 10 month wait ? I could see waiting until after the S4 came out, and then release update 4.2.2 on the Note 2, but the S4 is already 3 months old. Posted via Android Central App
  • 4.2's stable version is not 10 month old, 4.2.2 only came out in Feburary and 4.2/4.2.1 was so buggy that both HTC and LG skipped it for their Spring release phones(both ONE & Optimus G Pro released with 4.1.2 instead).
  • Handcent is so much better than the stock messaging app it's not even funny. Posted via Android Central App
  • Ok.... since when could you not group text on the Note 2. I've been doing it on the stock messaging app since I got the thing. Yes, it does limit you to 10 phone numbers at a time, but it still does it. Care to explain?
  • Watch, when the update arrives there will be more complaints about how it is not stable and they want to revert back.
  • "like" lol
  • People getting All bent out of shape over little updates make me laugh. 4.1.2 works fine for me. Surely you can find something more substantial to complain about?
    There will not be another update until you upgrade to another device. They do this because they hate you.
    I've tried the 4.2 aosp Roms and they messed stuff up and made my awesome note less than what it was before. Back to 4.1.2 touchwiz for me.I'll take an update once it actually makes my phone better. Until then I'll be happy knowing my phone works as well as when I bought it, which is all you are promised in the first place.
  • glad i could humour you...i paid $700 for my note 2 and i expect it to be kept current...not a very difficult task. My other *substantial* complaint is regarding a bunch of wankers that want to make their standard of mediocrity mine!
  • "...i expect it to be kept current...not a very difficult task..." Not difficult? Obviously, you've never developed software of any sophistication.
  • This. People love to complain about what they don't understand. Posted via Android Central App
  • First. World. Problem. Posted via Android Central App
  • Running Liquid Smooth... already at 4.22, thank you very much.
  • Be careful, NSA is watching us and if they find out your able to time travel and get future versions of android they might go after you. Posted via Android Central App
  • of the day!!!
  • What about the S3? Will it get it to? Posted via my AT&T Galaxy S3 running Android 4.1.1
  • note 2 & s3 ..atleast over here
  • Glad to hear us Note 2 users will be getting (hopefully) 4.3 at some point and time. I'll be waiting for the rooted version :)
  • I'm just wondering - has this ever happened in the history of Android? A phone skipping an android version and going straight to the next one. Posted via Android Central App
  • IIRC, awhile ago, it was rumored that Samsung would update the Galaxy Ace, from 2.3 Gingerbread, to 4.1 Jellybean, skipping 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, completely. I'm not sure, if it was ever updated, however. No other device comes to mind, though. Posted via Android Central App
  • I won't mind waiting... if Samsung just skips 4.3 completely and go to Android 5.0. Sure hope Google release 5.0 by January 2014.
  • LOL sounds good to me too ;-) Posted via Android Central App
  • Man...atleast were getting it! Im another person who had a new flagship htc device released with jellybean and only recieved one update 4.1. The note 2 has enough features to hold me til 4.3. Oh yea and by the way Samsung...gs4 or note 3...holding updates wont get me to upgrade so I hope thats not the reason youll be taking your time.
  • The note 2 still waffle-stomps even on 4.1 It's THAT good of a phone. I'd even wait till 6.0...err.. maybe not.
  • This has really been a good phone. Not perfect, but good. Although updates are welcome, I just don't feel the pressing need to get it to this phone. If they skip one, that's fine by me. If the phone was a piece of junk and this update would somehow fix it, I'm sure I would be much less "agreeable" to the wait.
  • Handcent? That app is terriblecand hasn't been updated in years.
    The app doesn't even have GUI graphics for any android device with s screen resolution above HVGA. That's why I stopped using it when I had a Droid Incredible. I could see the scaling and it was so ugly. The fuzzy edges of the icons in the app? That's called scaling.
  • Wut Posted via Android Central App