Samsung Galaxy Note 2 minus Jelly Bean fears

By Alan Ng - Aug 8, 2012

We told you a few days ago that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has seemingly been scheduled for an official unveiling at IFA 2012 on August 29. Now though, we have some worrying rumors to share with you, suggesting that the device may not ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at launch as initially thought.

The good thing about Jelly Bean, compared to Ice Cream Sandwich, is that official updates appear to be progressing at a much faster rate than as they did with ICS and also Android 2.2 Froyo before it. The GSM Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S have already been updated to the latest version of Android and there is a lot of anxiety around on what handsets are going to be updated in the next wave.

The good news is that it looks like the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2 and the original Galaxy Note are all scheduled to be getting a Jelly Bean update soon. Testing has apparently already begun on the Galaxy S3 according to insider information at SamMobile, but the bad news is that firmware testing for the upcoming Galaxy Note 2 is thought to be that of Android 4.0 ICS, rather than Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Obviously this isn’t confirmed yet, but it would be a huge blow to consumers if the device ends up shipping with Ice Cream Sandwich instead. Many consumers in the US are dubbing the Note 2 as a ‘superphone’ and this is the first potential hiccup that we’ve run into on Samsung’s upcoming device.

Just to point out, Jelly Bean is obviously coming to the Note 2, but consumers will want it at launch or they could run into the infamous update brick wall. You only need to look at the situation involving the Rezound update to Android 4.0, as evidence that a similar story may arise for the Note 2 if it doesn’t get Jelly Bean at launch.

What are your thoughts on this? Would you still get the Note 2 if it launches with Ice Cream Sandwich, or is this potentially a deal breaker for you?

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  • join

    Funny even with gingerbread my phone does more than an iPhone

  • btbbtb

    Samsung, my galaxy tab 10.1 has honeycomb. i am in uk, i want stablet jelly bean. i rooted.

  • LloydC

    I think Jelly Bean suck so badly without Flash on my Nexus7, I will not anything again without Flash.
    JB also not compatible with Windows7 system when hookup, it is another negative.

    • Great, not compatible with Win7? It’s not that Kies doesnt have it’s own share of issues with Windows. Goes to show you Android OS just blows. Yeah, i know you are able to do more with it, download hacked apps, et al but for me it’s not worth it. I want something that works without any fuss. I want it to do what i want it to do without having to manipulate the device or the s/w to do so.

      • Go enjoy your iphone…

      • Boy Palos

        “I want it to do what i want it to do without having to manipulate the device or the s/w to do so. ” like installing iphone? 😀

        • Boy Palos

          I mean.. itunes..

    • Billy Bob

      I too was not impressed that I could not install Flash on my Nexus 7. I bought it at Sam’s Club and I am taking it back. There is nothing wrong with ICS and this author is making a big deal out of nothing. I love my HTC Evo 4G LTE and my Evo 3D both of which have ICS. It’s not a deal breaker, especially if Jelly Bean rolls out a month after release. The fact that many sites are no longer viewable is alarming!

      • James Robinson

        Totally agree that it should still have flash by default, but you can
        install flash on jellybean yourself if you want. Just download the apk
        manually and install.You have to use a different browser than chrome though…

  • This is a very very common occurrence with Samsung. HTC is a very distant second. However, at least with HTC they have a much better overall product and customer satisfaction base plus probably the best firmware available next to an untouched Google Nexus phone.

    Samsung always bites the hand that feeds them: the consumer. They launch separate yet similar devices in Asia first and the lastly in the USA.

    Software fragmentation has always plagued Samsung and nobody, I mean nobody dares to confront Samsung with this. Some may argue that eventually you may get the latest, but that’s certainly debatable. Look at the Samsung Galaxy 1. It’s still stuck with Gingerbread 2.3x. If anyone (other than those who spend most of their time on XDA Developers (hackers) forum will tell you, updating your Samsung device can be a real PIA. Thank goodness, in my case, I still had a warranty and the service depot was able to update my firmware for me free. It’s been a big issue and I know people who will not update their Galaxy 2 themselves just for this reason alone.

    It’s really time the public exhibit some kind of backlash towards Samsung and their poor support. They shouldn’t have to put up with this nonsense. And for many they won’t, they’ll get an iPhone just because of the reliability, upgradability, and ease of use factor. With Apple there is no fragmentation, no nonsense. Just a device that simply works. the lack of freedom without jailbreaking (but that is very simple to do and effective) is a very small price to pay over an Android. It’s just too flipping bad that Apple refuses to play by everyone’s rules and create a 5+ inch smartphone.

    • Thomas = Just another typical your avg iFanboy.

      Why do iFanboys like you feel you have to stop what you’re doing at the moment(even playing your little precious iphone) whenever there’s an Samsung article and try to say bad things about em? This article has nothing to do with your tiny iphone designer, apple. So why? Do apple pay you whenever you do a such thing? If not, I feel sorry for you. You’re a sad person. Now go enjoy your iphone until the next Samsung article.

    • Garrett Shaw

      I totally agree with your point that Samsung blows when it comes to updating hardware. I have moved to only Nexus devices because of the horrible update schedules.

    • Damon

      Thomas one thing you and Garrett are dismissing, is the ability of the hardware’s compatibility with the software. Samsung is not going to send software updates to devices that are going to suffer performance issues. The 2GB of ram on the S3 is not there to make techies happy. It’s there bc of the load ICS and JB is putting on the hardware, and it’s needed. And if you’ll go back a few years, you’ll realize OS updates were not an issue bc people just waited on a new device to launch. Google’s OS version launch frequency and catch-phrase naming conventions has become a double-edged sword. ————- Instead of the consumer being happy that technology is moving so fast, they gripe that their older device doesn’t have the same OS as the latest and greatest. Samsung sells devices not OS’s. As R&D is coming up with new hardware features, or monopolizing on a new software feature, their focus will never be retroactive. They are looking to promote their new hardware, not previous versions, and if having the same OS for two years bothers you, bite the bullet and upgrade @ 1 year during your contract, and if that’s too long, you’re either on the wrong OS, wrong device, or wrong platform. Follow the path that makes you happy with your device, OS, & carrier. Namaste and all that good stuff.

      • Damon, that is a very eloquent post you have. It definitely is out of sorts where both sides of the fence will quickly jump to accuse of one being either a fandroid or fanboy.

        Unfortunately, you’re somewhat off base though. S3 does not have 2GB of ram in Asia or Europe. It has 1 GB of ram, we have LTE, they do not. They have quad core, we do not. Samsung likes to play second fiddle to North America. While certainly one can argue that QC is overkill, the fact is the market is definitely segmented. It should not be.

        I hope your wrong about Samsung’s R&D. If not, then Samsung’s vision is definitely distorted. The plateau will soon be reached in terms of how fast a smartphone needs to be. The future is the software that runs the device not so much about hardware.

        I don’t want to update my software/firmware just because. I need to update to utilize or achieve performance enhancements, but also for bug fixes, and features/enhancements. Apple has this down pat. They’ve created a special symbiotic relationship between their hardware and software. Their devices may not be the most robust from a technical standpoint, but it does what it is meant to do, and very very very well mind you.

        Sadly, I fear that you’ve become brainwashed by either Samsung or Android to accept that software is not important. That’s just like Apple trying to shape the consumer’s perception into believing that a screen size larger than 4 inches on a handheld device is completely unnecessary and not warranted.