Samsung U.K.: No Lollipop for Samsung Galaxy Note II or Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung U.K.: No Lollipop for Samsung Galaxy Note II or Samsung Galaxy S III
In a series of tweets sent out by Samsung U.K., the manufacturer said that the Android 5.0 update will not be coming to the Samsung Galaxy Note II or the Samsung Galaxy S III (3G only model, GT-I9300). The tweets did not list any reasons why Android 5.0 cannot be installed on the two models.

Back in May, Samsung Gulf also sent out a tweet stating that in its region, the Galaxy Note II would end up stuck at Android 4.4. The tweet came from the division of Samsung that covers device sales in the Persian Gulf. Besides the Galaxy Note II, the Samsung Galaxy S III (again, the 3G only model) will also be passed over for Android 5.0 by Samsung Gulf.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is powered by an Exynos 4412 SoC featuring a quad-core 1.6GHz CPU and the Mali-400 MP 4 GPU. 2GB of RAM is inside. The Samsung Galaxy S III features the same chipset with the clock speed of the quad-core CPU reduced to 1.4GHz. 1GB of RAM is included.

Obviously, Samsung is leaving the decision whether to update a particular handset up to each region. For example, both Samsung Finland and Samsung Poland have said that they will be updating the Samsung Galaxy Note II in their respective region.

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source: @SamsungMobileUK via

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  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. g2a5b0e unregistered

This shouldn't exactly be a surprise to anyone. Both devices were over 2 years old when 5.0 debuted. People will complain because both phones are still perfectly capable (especially the Note 2 with its 2GB of RAM), but the fact of the matter is that it doesn't make any sense for any OEM to continue to support devices that are no longer in enough hands.

2. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

More so in the UK where customer will have upgrade a long time ago in most cases due to the cheap deals you get in the UK over the USA or other area that have to buy there phones, most will have moved on a long time ago to the note 3 or 4 or will soon move to the note 5 or have moved to sorry to say but the iPhone 6 plus, it's just to cheap to even move to the note 3 by now

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Your comment confuses me, I am from the UK and what make you thinks that phones are cheap over here?

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I thought it was well known that the US has the cheapest prices out of all the "developed countries" And that the UK/Europe has some of the highest prices due to the EU's taxes and extra consumer laws (quite a few other countries also have similar taxes/laws)

7. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Tell that to Apple.

11. waddup121 unregistered


18. crapbutnot

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 21, 2015

do agree with your say hey hw about the upcoming new note? Samsung had reveal the 5th gen

3. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Poor Sharang having to deal with a serious heartbreak right now..

4. foster426

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

I would be mad about this, but I just updated my S3 to 5.1.1 via CM last week. I already knew I wouldn't have gotten it OTA.

8. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

My friend did same thing on his note II, I guess there are other good lollipop roms too.

6. rizzell

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Consider your self lucky if you don't receive lollipop update. I received it on my note 4 and it totally screwed the phone up. I even kept hitting the don't update when it popped up but one night it forced it though itself.

9. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I recommend u to factory reset your phone after the update. I did that to my sister's s5. It is better than before now.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes. factory reset is a must for Android phone upgrade. I do a cache and partition wipe as well just to be safe. Therefore i never experience problem with each and every software upgrade. Then again having to wipe the phone storage clean itself is very disturbing thing to do for some users. And apps that don't support cloud sync will lose its data. In this regards, the iPhone/iPad's iTune backup and restore is better.

12. obedchuni

Posts: 339; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

well that's samsung, they won't update that's what they do, and flagship products not getting updated means the mid leve and low level are useless to buy, what a s**t of crap....always killing customer and also copying the design of apple iphone 6 and way back to to 3gs, also the finger scanner...ha ha what a copy....also try to copy updates of apple as iphone 4s is getting ios 9 update with 512 Ram.....s**t samsung cannot copy that....haha

13. Jason2k13

Posts: 1477; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

it's been 30 mins and nobody has said anything negative about your troll comment... maybe it's time to get a new job?

14. Shocky unregistered

This isn't news worthy, they're old devices. It's time to upgrade people!! :p

16. Krjal

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Just want to point out that the tweet about the S3 mentions it being the LTE version. That means 4G, not 3G.

17. GeekMovement unregistered

I've already gave up hope. Even if they do announce lollipop for the Note II in the US, it's probably going to be released really late... like maybe next year when I upgrade...

19. Fancy123

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

why don't consider upgrade to note 5 since the note 5 are being revealed and it is using android lolipop 5.1.

20. crapbutnot

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 21, 2015

im thinking about it altho much are upset with the non removable batt and SD card slot on the bright side I did like the spen improvement from handwriting to text that's superb, u know sometimes whn u type error might happen so yeah write it down

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