German owners of the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus receive Android 4.2.2
So what would prompt the Korean based manufacturer to do things backwards? One theory is that by updating the less popular Samsung Galaxy S II Plus first, Samsung could conduct something like the soak test used by Motorola before an update is widely disseminated. By testing Android 4.2.2 on the older device, Samsung could check for bugs while putting fewer handsets at risk. This way, if there is a problem, it is easier to get a hold of the situation and take appropriate action.
Another fascinating rumor is that the reason for the lack of an Android 4.2.2 update for the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung GALAXY Note II is because Samsung is going to skip that build of the Android OS for those two devices and is going straight to Android 4.3. Since Android 4.3 was launched by Google last week, there could be some truth to this rumor. Additionally, Australian carrier Telstra has said that Samsung is indeed skipping Android 4.2.2. for the Samsung GALAXY Note II to go straight to Android 4.3.
So what about the Samsung Galaxy S II? Apparently, at two years of age (that's 150 human years) it could be the end of the road for the phone. Meanwhile, the German Galaxy S II Plus update will include lockscreen widgets, the Daydream screensaver and a few performance improvements. Some Samsung Galaxy S4 features are being tossed in to keep the phone feeling young. German owners of the device can connect their phone to a PC and grab the update from Samsung Kies. The update is expected to hit the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus in other countries soon.