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No Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy Note II? Samsung Gulf believes so

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No Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy Note II? Samsung Gulf believes so
Unlike most of Samsung's top phones, one of the former Galaxy Note flagships (2012's Galaxy Note II) has not yet received an Android 5.0 Lollipop software update. Despite the several claims that the device will eventually receive a refreshed TouchWiz interface with Lollipop on board, we now stumbled upon a contradictory statement, according to which the S Pen flaunting gladiator won't receive the sweet new take on Android. In a blog post on Facebook yesterday, Samsung Gulf, a branch of the giant that is operating in the Persian Gulf, clearly stated that the Galaxy Note II won't be receiving any Lollipop update whatsoever. The statement was in response to a question by a user. 

While the claim leaves little room for interpretation, we should mention that it's not clear whether Samsung Gulf is referring to the version of the device that was sold locally or one of the international versions of the device (as a reminder, the Note II was available in both an LTE version and a 3G-only one).

We reached out to Samsung Gulf for further details, but we had received no answer at the time of writing. Thus, we'd take this statement with a grain of salt. Hopefully, the Note II won't become yet another popular Samsung device from the old days that won't receive the freshest Android variation - the 3G-only Samsung Galaxy S III model, for example, didn't receive Android 4.4.x KitKat.

Fortunately, you can always resort to custom Android ROMs.

No Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy Note II? Samsung Gulf believes so



source: Samsung Gulf via SamMobile 

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posted on 04 May 2015, 05:04 4

1. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Note 2 - best phone of 2012.

Btw PA, note 4 still hasn't received android 5.0 in many countries. Just so you know. So why the hell do you expect a 2012 phone to receive it sooner than the newer handsets?

posted on 04 May 2015, 09:28 2

14. bubbadoes (Posts: 1225; Member since: 03 May 2012)


lol, smh again. if apple can keep up with a 4s released in 2011, why can't Samsung do the same with a 2012 phone! don't wanna hear schematics either!! just facts

posted on 04 May 2015, 05:09 6

2. aco96 (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


"Have a great day"
Lol, I don't think so.

posted on 04 May 2015, 05:11 2

3. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Exactly, and they put a smiley, too. Hahhaha, :D.

posted on 04 May 2015, 05:25 7

5. timukh (Posts: 295; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


:D yeah, it's like "f*** you" and then have a great day :)
:D :D

posted on 04 May 2015, 05:16 4

4. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Note 2 is one of the most updated device alongside with Nexus and Xperia Z.

Good job, Samsung!

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:21 3

7. Wiencon (Posts: 2001; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Yeah, Samsung indeed cares about its flagship devices. It'd be nice if they updated it but It's 3 years old phone now, so the fact that it has KitKat is pretty nice.

posted on 04 May 2015, 05:28

6. Sidewinder (Posts: 504; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Note 2 runs very well on kitkat. I wouldn't want a buggy and resource hungry beta lollipop on a phone which is already good with kitkat

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:22 1

8. GeekMovement (unregistered)


Disappointment if it doesn't come to the US models.

posted on 04 May 2015, 07:05

9. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3870; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Wouldn't be worried as a user if it weren't for all the advanced features the official ROM offers. From what I've heard, no custom ROM does Samsung's devices full justice due to lack of driver for certain hardware parts like the IR blaster, fingerprint-reader, digitizer pen, etc. This is what I kinda dislike about uniquely advanced Android phones like the Note series...despite them being fully capable of running newer OSs, you're forced to remain with an older OS if you want to take full advantage of the hardware. Seriously, Android should support sideloading of drivers (similar to Windows)...

posted on 04 May 2015, 07:12 2

10. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Did you really expect a cortex A9 based phone to get lollipop? LOL.

posted on 04 May 2015, 08:24 4

12. Predator1701 (Posts: 110; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


Why not it's perfectly capable of handling lollipop. And my Nexus 4 is on 5.1 without any issues, kids if you want updates buy Nexus devices or install a stock ROM,this is android not iOS.

posted on 04 May 2015, 09:19

13. Sidewinder (Posts: 504; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


No my galaxy s4 with a more advanced Exynos octa with a a15 and a7 cluster stutters and struggles at time running the official lollipop update. But I'm guessing has to do with the buggy lollipop base. Kitkat runs fine and gives me around 4.5 hours screen time while lollipop could hardly manage 4 hrs

posted on 04 May 2015, 09:56 2

15. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Nexus 4 has krait cores and is much more powerful compared to note 2. Also, 5.1 runs way better than 5.0.

Powerful devices always get updates. Galaxy S4 gas 5.0 hour 3 months now and it will get 5.1 soon.

I want to but nexus phones everything but they have too many compromises. Finally when a good nexus released in 2014 it was way too big.

posted on 04 May 2015, 14:27

16. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


Tyrion Lannister there are no Nexus Devices on Game OF Thrones :P

posted on 04 May 2015, 07:43 2

11. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


There's always custom roms.

posted on 21 Jun 2015, 16:13

17. AppleSucks2012 (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)


Lollipop is so smooth than that touch wiz crap. No bloatware and great battery life. Running 5.1.1 on the Note 2

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