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Insider Reports: Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Skipping Android 4.2.2 for an Android 4.3 Update

July 16, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

This is something you’re going to need an entire bucket full of salt for. CNET has gotten word from an alleged insider at Samsung who is saying that a few Samsung phones will be skipping Android 4.2.2 – Jelly Bean and going straight from Android 4.1.2 to Android 4.3. Of those devices are the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. The reason why we saw an entire bucket of salt is because Android 4.3 hasn’t even been announced yet. Also, no other device has ever skipped a point-release of Android. Now we’ve seen some go from Android 2.3.7 to Android 4.0.4, but not skip an entire build. At least, that I can remember. If I’m wrong, feel free to correct me in the comments.

Their anonymous tipster is also claiming that Samsung will upgrade the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Note 3 (coming this fall) to Android 5.0 – Key Lime Pie. Which does match up with previous reports we’ve heard about Samsung and Key Lime Pie. But right now Key Lime Pie is still rather far away in the update cycle.

As CNET notes, this is an unconfirmed report. As we noted already, Google has not announced Android 4.3 just yet nor a name for it’s next OS build. Although it’s almost confirmed to be Android 4.3 – Jelly Bean and Android 5.0 – Key Lime Pie. We also believe that the Galaxy Note 8.0, 10.1, and the new Galaxy Tab 3 series of tablets will all be updated to Android 5.0. But, again, that’s unconfirmed.

So many crazy rumors this summer, thanks to Android 4.3 being absent from Google I/O back in May. Hopefully Google releases Android 4.3 rather soon. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m kind of bored of Android 4.2.2 already. We’ll keep our eyes and ears open looking for Android 4.3 and 5.0 leaks, rumors and announcement dates. But until then, take this report with a big grain of salt, as always.