The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for older Samsung devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may be in jeopardy as one clue of the prospective update has been retracted by its source.
Those anxious to see the Galaxy Note 2 get what would be its first update since its September 2012 release were pleased when the Australian carrier Telstra announced on its support page that the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note 2 had been “withdrawn” in favor of a new Android version. Though no other details were given, many believed this was an indication that the Galaxy Note 2 would update to Android 4.3.
But now Telstra has updated its support page and information about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and its update schedule has notably been removed. It is unclear why the carrier removed this information about the Galaxy Note 2 update, and many fear it could mean the Android 4.3 update for the device might be canceled.
Mid-July reports suggested that older yet still popular Samsung devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be skipping the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update in favor for Android 4.3. Both devices have been stuck at various iterations of Android 4.1 for some time, and users have been anxious to see what treatment these devices would get in the wake of newer flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, which released with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to ship with Android 4.3.
In addition to Telstra’s vague announcement, the German carrier Deutsche Telekom also announced on its official forum that the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be receiving an Android 4.3 update at some point. Many took this news as confirmation that plans for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 where similar, but with the release schedule for Android 4.3 on Telstra now uncertain, we wonder what will happen to the update on Deutsche Telekom.
Meanwhile, a rival flagship, the HTC One, is now confirmed for an Android 4.3 update. HTC president Jason Mackenzie divulged that the handset will similarly skip Android 4.2.2 in favor for Android 4.3 because it is a particularly minimal update between the two versions.
It is likely that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S3 will be updated to a new Android Jelly Bean version at some point, but the matter of which Jelly Bean version it will get and when it will roll out may continue to be a mystery for some time.
However, with U.S. models of the HTC One expected to be running Android 4.3 by the end of September, we can assume that Samsung will ensure an update for its older flagships to keep up with the competition.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.