A recent tweet from SamMobile, if it’s true, has declared the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will begin rolling out as early as May, or June at the latest.
Android 4.2.2 updates Galaxy S III and Note II May / June.
— SamMobile (@SamMobiles) April 1, 2013
As it would seem, Samsung is doing well getting these updates out to consumers. Honestly, the response time could always be a little better, but when compared to the competition- Samsung is good about it.
The Galaxy S4 is the first official device from Samsung running the latest version of Android 4.2.2. During the unpacked presentation, we got a peek at a lot of the new features that will [hopefully] be coming to all of Samsung’s flagship devices. That being said, it’s safe to assume that a lot of the features that were debuted for the S4 will be coming to the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 in the latest update.
New features like the updated TouchWiz Nature UX will be coming. That includes Samsung’s latest stuff like Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, and the hovering Air View.
Galaxy S3 and Note 2 owners will also benefit from the new Jelly Bean additions too. Namely the new features will include lock screen widgets, quick settings (in the notifications tray), expandable notifications and more.
Problem is a tweet from SamMobile is far from an official confirmation. We have yet to hear anything from Samsung directly on the matter. It could turn out that the Jelly Bean updates for the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 are much further away. Samsung could even choose not to update the proprietary TouchWiz software. From a marketing standpoint, it makes sense to leave some features exclusive to the latest handsets or else no one would be motivated to get them. Okay, maybe the tail end of that last statement is a little far-fetched, seeing as a lot of people like to stay on the bleeding edge.
If SamMobile is indeed correct (they’re hardly an accurate source), what do you think about May/June as the timeframe? Are you happy with it? One could argue these software updates don’t matter too much if you’re planning to upgrade to the Galaxy S4 soon anyway.