The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and its S Pen stylus. (Photo : Samsung)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is still a ways off from receiving its first major Android update, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but Samsung has unintentionally already admitted to starting development on Android 4.4 KitKat for the popular phablet.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has sold over 30 million units to date, and has become the most popular Android phablet to hit the market, but Android updates for the handset have been missing for quite a few versions. The Galaxy Note 2 is still running Android 4.1.2, with Android 4.3 scheduled for November/December.
A Samsung customer service representative revealed to a tenacious XDA Developers forum member that the region-locking SIM feature found on the Galaxy Note 3 will extend to older devices, such as the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3, with Android 4.4 KitKat. Admittedly, this says nothing about Android 4.4 KitKat or when Samsung plans on releasing it for the Galaxy Note 2, but it does indicate that the South Korean electronics manufacturer has already started drawing up the changes to be implemented in Android 4.4 KitKat. At the very least, it's an unofficial nod that the Galaxy Note 2 will be updated past Android 4.3.
Samsung had originally planned on an Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Note 2, but as the summer of 2013 wore on, it became abundantly clear that the firmware had run into some delays. Then, in early September, Samsung announced it was scrapping the Android 4.2.2 Galaxy Note 2 update and instead focusing on releasing Android 4.3 before the year ended. While the reasons for the decision are still unclear, it's highly likely Samsung chose the strategy because Android 4.3 is the only Android version that supports Bluetooth 4.0 LE, which is required for full interaction with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Check back with Latinos Post for more information on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 updates as it becomes available.