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After months of wavering and a full season of "will they or won't they," Samsung Galaxy Note 2 owners may finally be on the cusp of receiving the first major Android update in quite some time. The latest bit of news from the technosphere reveals that Samsung has finally started testing the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade for the Galaxy Note 2.
Samsung-centric website SamMobile claims to have received insider information that reveals the South Korean electronics manufacturer is currently testing out Android 4.3 firmwares to roll out to its flagship devices such as the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.
SamMobile doesn't know of an exact release date for the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 firmware, but a release time frame of late November/early December is given. It seems that Samsung might want to keep Android 4.3 in the Galaxy Note series exclusive to the newly released Galaxy Note 3 for a couple months before bringing the patch over to the Galaxy Note 2. The reasoning behind this is Samsung would like to push sales of newer, more expensive models, and making the latest Android version an exclusive for the Galaxy Note 3 helps do just that.
This isn't the first time that we've heard that a Galaxy Note 2 Android update is around the corner. Both the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 were originally slated for Android 4.2.2, but after a tumultuous summer, Samsung announced in early September that it was scrapping Android 4.2.2 for those models and instead focusing on Android 4.3. It is Samsung's first official confirmation of a new Galaxy Note 2 Android update, so let's hope that South Korean giant is right, and that Galaxy Note 2s worldwide receive Android 4.3 before the end of the year.
Android 4.3 brings mostly under-the-hood improvements, with few new features over Android 4.2, and certainly nothing too notable.