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There's some more bittersweet news for Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note owners here in the United States. Samsung Ukraine has announced the official rollout dates for Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note, and it brings up the question, when will U.S. owners get their update?
On its official website, Samsung Ukraine stated that Android 4.1.2 for the Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 will begin releasing on March 3 and the update for the Galaxy Note GT-N7000 will hit the airwaves March 1. That's great for Ukrainian Samsung owners, but it could spell a longer wait for U.S. counterparts.
It's a well-known fact that carrier-tied devices, for the most part, receive Android updates later than their unlocked cousins. The reason for this is because after Samsung receives the Android code for a new update from Google, it has to tailor it to each of its device models. After that's done, it can roll it out - but if there's a carrier involved, then the update goes to the carrier, who proceeds to fill it with its own, often useless, bloatware. So the question arises here: If Samsung Ukraine needs until March, how long until U.S. carriers release Jelly Bean on their networks (to Galaxy S2s and Galaxy Notes that are different models than international versions, nonetheless)?
The Galaxy S2 has already started receiving Jelly Bean in Spain and China, and the Galaxy Note Android update should be just around the corner as Samsung is updating its online manuals to reflect Jelly Bean and Premium Suite features. There are no current comments from any U.S. carriers regarding Galaxy S2 or Galaxy Note Jelly Bean upgrades, so for all we know they may all surprise us. Still, given the past history of Android histories, it's hard not to get slightly more disappointed at the prospect of an even longer wait here Stateside.
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