Samsung has been pretty fair with its customers when it comes to rolling out updates. It was quick to upgrade the likes of the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note with Android 4.0 when the time arrived. And the same trend followed with Android 4.1 when the update was rolled out to the likes of the Galaxy S III merely months after the release of the OS update. However, 2011 Samsung flagships haven’t quite seen Jelly Bean yet. And now there’s some disturbing news coming for Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note owners. It is believed that the Android 4.1.2 update has been delayed until 2013, contrary to reports which suggested that the update would arrive as early as last month. This news will certainly disappoint the owners of the two devices, unless of course they have a workaround to get Android 4.1 running on their device via custom ROMs.
So what exactly is causing the delay? Well, as we reported yesterday, devices running on Samsung’s Exynos 4210 and 4412 chipsets have been revealed to have a major security loophole which would give third party apps to access the device’s RAM and gather data and possibly even brick the device. So basically, Samsung wants to deal with this bug so as to fix it before rolling out the update to its older devices. This is a very commendable move as it shows Samsung does care about user privacy and doesn’t just provide updates just for the sake of it. There’s no word yet on when the fix would be in place, so it could take a few months now or probably sooner for the update to arrive. People who have been waiting for the official update, shouldn’t mind bearing with the company for another few days as they’ve already waited this long.
Let’s hope the update makes its way to these devices soon as they were at one point one of the top selling smartphones in the market. The bright side of course is that we know that the update will go live in 2013, which is only a couple of weeks from now. So basically, if Samsung makes up its mind, a fix can be rolled out by the beginning of January. Let’s hope that happens. As for existing Jelly Bean devices like the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, I guess Samsung will roll out an OTA to fix the said security flaw.