The original Galaxy Note was an unexpected success for Samsung, selling over 10 million units despite its large size. (Photo : Samsung)
Owners of the original Samsung Galaxy Note might be nearing the end of their device's life span, but there still some good news up ahead. The Galaxy Note should be receiving an Android 4.2.2 update sometime in the near future.
The exact release date isn't known, but a SamMobile report states that the Galaxy Note is one of many older Samsung devices slated to receive Android 4.2.2. The bad news? It looks like Android 4.2.2 will be the last Android update Samsung will release for the Galaxy Note.
Samsung has neither confirmed nor denied the SamMobile report, so exercise caution concerning the optimistic future of the Galaxy Note.
The somewhat-old report states Android 5.0 will land on a number of newer Samsung phones and tablets. The only issue with this is that Google has not announced Android 5.0, and various sightings indicate that Android 4.3 is the next version to roll out. Still, this won't mean Android 4.3 will make its way to the Galaxy Note (although it possibly could) - Android 4.2.2 is currently on Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4, and the company looks like it wants to upgrade all of its major devices to the new TouchWiz Nature UX. Samsung has made an effort to bring Jelly Bean to the popular Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note, but those handsets are two years old by now, meaning Android 4.2.2 will most likely be their swan song.
Galaxy Note owners got a taste of Galaxy Note 2 features in the Premium Suite upgrade, and there's a good chance Samsung will include new softwares from the Galaxy S4 in the Galaxy Note's Android 4.2.2 update. A leaked Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.2 build shows Galaxy S4-esque interface and options. If Samsung behaves in the way it has in the past, those features should land on the older Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note.