Opinion

It’s awesome that the Samsung Galaxy Note II will be updated to Lollipop

How often have you heard of an Android device that’s more than two years old get an official update to a major new version of Android? Outside of Google’s Nexus lineup, it’s not something that has ever come to pass – every flagship out there usually gets one or two major updates within 2 years after they go up for sale, after which the device manufacturer moves on to newer devices. And you can’t blame them, considering how many devices they churn out every year.

With the Galaxy Note II though, Samsung might just be about to do what no other manufacturer has done. Samsung Poland recently confirmed that the Note II would be getting an update to Lollipop, and Samsung Finland also says the same on its support site. The Note II launched with Android 4.1.1 out of the box, and since its launch, has been updated to Android 4.1.2, 4.3 and 4.4.2. If that wasn’t good support already for an Android device, it looks like Samsung isn’t done with its second-generation Galaxy Note flagship yet.

Samsung has often been criticized for being slow with rolling out updates to devices, though what most fail to understand is that for a company with so many phones and tablets and software that has a ton of features, the Korean manufacturer is actually rather fast. With Lollipop, we’re seeing Samsung update a new device every other day, even making these updates widely available in a short span of time instead of keeping them limited to a region or two.

If the Galaxy Note II really is going to get Android 5.0, it would be a very impressive move from Samsung. The Note II has been available for purchase for around two years and five months now, and by the time the update would arrive, it will probably be pushing more than two and a half years of existence on the consumer market.

Even Google doesn’t usually update its Nexus devices after two years – the only advantage the Nexus devices have is that since they get updates faster, they usually get more updates within the same time as a non-Nexus device. But in terms of the period of support, Samsung seems set to create history in the Android ecosystem, and while it might not be at the level of what Apple offers in terms of software updates, it still goes to show that Samsung is doing what no other Android OEM has done yet.

Though we certainly hope they follow Samsung’s example, and that Samsung would show the same support longevity for some of their other phones. We could all do with some solid software support on devices that are an important part of our daily lives, and we have our fingers crossed that this show of love for the Galaxy Note II is not just a one-time thing for the Korean manufacturer.

Update: The article has been updated to correct an issue regarding the upgrade path for the Note II. Thank you “SERILTHAS” for pointing it out!

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ZORO2015
ZORO2015

When Ttalaq Samsung renovation note2 5.0

ijazali
ijazali

but the t-mobile version hasnt got even kit kat yet…so whats the final date for lollipop ?

b1184593
b1184593

What about I9305 evr

ump
ump

android 5.0 for samsung n7100 is good when come 5.0 for galaxy grand 2(sm-g7102)??????????????????????????????????????????

AMR GEE
AMR GEE

yeaa im so exited

Moiz
Moiz

HI I HAVE CONFORMATION FROM SAMSUNG CANADA THAT ALL SGH-I747/M WILL RECIEVE THE LOLLIPOP OTA FOR PROOF CHECK OUT: http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s3-att/help/bell-galaxy-s3-confirmed-updates-t3038547

Francescosadvance
Francescosadvance

New firmware for galaxy s advance i9070? for bug fix

insanejojo
insanejojo

http://www.sammobile.com/2013/03/18/galaxy-s-ii-galaxy-note-to-get-android-4-2-2-android-5-0-for-the-galaxy-s-iii-galaxy-note-ii/
i dont believe sammobile. They have given wrong info in the past. Said note 1 would receive 4.2.2.
Later when you dont get the update you will find subnotes in the article saying samsung can change its mind any moment.

francis820
francis820

If this is indeed true, I’m gonna hang on to my phone for just a little while more… I have no more budget to upgrade this year… well maybe but for another brand which cost a lot less hehe

icanfly77
icanfly77

meanwhile the Australian branded version of the Note 2 is still waiting to get Kit Kat…

cuanoob98
cuanoob98

Good news still waiting for N7100

dalton69
dalton69

I think i mite need to get a lollipop custom rom before the update comes as nobody know when

Pufkin
Pufkin

Is the Galaxy S4 mini GT-I9195 an update held android Lollipop? There is information on there?

SLMI
SLMI

Guys, does this memory leak thing on the lollipop 5.0 will affect the samsung’s firmware or not

sanfi88809
sanfi88809

thumbs up for this Samsung

Percy1
Percy1

thanks Samsung for the update thanks Sammobile for this news…

veljadj
veljadj

When will the Note 3 Neo 7505 LTE get Lolipop?

Serilthas
Serilthas

Actually this article is wrong: the Galaxy Note II came out with Android 4.1.1 (not 4.1.2) out of the box and was NEVER updated to 4.2.2.
The update route was 4.1.1 —> 4.1.2 —> 4.3 —> 4.4.2.

Rishu5892
Rishu5892

Correctly said Setithas.

Rishu5892
Rishu5892

Correctly said Serilthas
sorry for you wrong spell.

Keaganvdh
Keaganvdh

I thought so because I remember when the Note II just came out and I saw it in a Samsung retail store and was so jealous that it had Android 4.1.1 while I was still on 4.0.4 with my S III.

kiril4o1
kiril4o1

Hey, Sammobile do you know any information about Lollipop on the S4 GT-I9505

bosson med
bosson med

yes exactly we have lollipop for GT-i9505

sicco3
sicco3

Dus de note 2 wel maar de GT-I9505 LTE nog steeds niet. Wel vreemd hoor. Hoe lang moeten we daar nog op wachten?

Abel Provily
Abel Provily

Uhm er is alleen doorgegeven dat de Note 2 de update krijgt, maar hij is nog niet begonnen. Nergens wordt gesuggereerd dat de Note de update eerder gaat krijgen dan de s4.

tonylee000
tonylee000

The n7100 didn’t get 4.2 as suggested, it was skipped to rush out 4.3 in time for the release of the smart watch. I believe there was a leak of the 4.2 that was being worked on but it was never released asaik. My note 2 was a superb phone, even survived a walk through a swimming pool (big oops). My Note 4 is better though

LeifS
LeifS

I think even the amount of updates they do these days is quite impressive. The only difference is that Google raises the version number with each small update while other manufacturers like Samsung usually don’t. They stay often on a major core version and do device specific bugfixes and improvements on their own. I think just in 2014 the S4 i9505 (for example) got at least 5-6 updates (if not more) here in Germany.

I’m quite happy with how they handle updates these days, at least for the S x and Note x devices.

PATEK123
PATEK123

А КАК-ЖЕ GALAXY S3 LTE (GT-I9305) ? Ведь у него тоже 2GB ОПЕРАТИВНАЯ ПАМЯТЬ.Тот же процессор EXYNOS 4412 и графика MALI-400MP. Разрешение экрана такая-же 720×1280.

limite23
limite23

Is very good but… i think before ha e to update many devices before note 2 and 3… i have a samsung galaxy tab s 8.4 still 4.4.2 and no have any news in when have lollipop release…

I not say another more older cant… i only say before update the olders update de newest .
Samsung galaxy tab S 8.4 and 10.5 was released after galaxy s5