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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 minus Jelly Bean fears

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?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Funny even with gingerbread my phone does more than an iPhone


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


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.


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.… Read more »

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