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  1. MissyHaney's Avatar
    Now that Android 4.4 Kit Kat is about to be released, will this make Note 2 three versions behind?

    (Verizon Galaxy Note 2 currently at 4.1.2.... no 4.2 or 4.3 yet.... probably will never be officially
    updated to 4.4... at least not for another couple of years?)
    09-03-2013 02:23 PM
  2. Scott Kenyon's Avatar
    Officially, yes. I say who cares? It'll get 4.2 or 4.3 near the end of the year or beginning of the next. Honestly, there's no features I would miss if I were to rock the Note 2 again.
    09-03-2013 02:54 PM
  3. Ryandroid86's Avatar
    Now that Android 4.4 Kit Kat is about to be released, will this make Note 2 three versions behind?

    (Verizon Galaxy Note 2 currently at 4.1.2.... no 4.2 or 4.3 yet.... probably will never be officially
    updated to 4.4... at least not for another couple of years?)
    I am guessing that Google is requesting all phones move to the final version of Jellybean (4.3) if capable. So I am guessing it will get 4.3. but that will be the last update if it does receive it.
    09-03-2013 02:55 PM
  4. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Now that Android 4.4 Kit Kat is about to be released, will this make Note 2 three versions behind?

    (Verizon Galaxy Note 2 currently at 4.1.2.... no 4.2 or 4.3 yet.... probably will never be officially
    updated to 4.4... at least not for another couple of years?)
    Rumor has it that Samsung is planning on skipping 4.2 for their devices. Not confirmed, as there was a leaked 4.2 for the S3.
    09-03-2013 03:00 PM
  5. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    It could be worse. I have a few friends who are still 6 months from upgrading and are still on Gingerbread.
    09-03-2013 03:03 PM
  6. dpham00's Avatar
    Well, even a Google device like the Verizon Galaxy Nexus was 4 updates behind at one point... So for a non Nexus on Verizon to be behind 3 updates isn't terrible.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II via Tapatalk 4
    09-03-2013 04:23 PM
  7. viper31573's Avatar
    depends on who you are how far behind youll be. im running 4.3 now. its not TW but its the latest and greatest
    09-03-2013 05:18 PM
  8. return_0's Avatar
    Well, even a Google device like the Verizon Galaxy Nexus was 4 updates behind at one point... So for a non Nexus on Verizon to be behind 3 updates isn't terrible.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II via Tapatalk 4
    VZW GNex was never more than 1 update behind...
    09-03-2013 10:03 PM
  9. dpham00's Avatar
    VZW GNex was never more than 1 update behind...
    " How Many Updates Behind is the Verizon Galaxy Nexus? Four.

    by: Kellex | posted 02.12.13 | News
    verizon galaxy nexus

    Over the last year, we have taken to pointing out publicly that the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus continues to fall further and further behind when it comes to updates. In fact, we created the idea of counting them out when the device fell three full updates behind other Nexus devices, a bandwagon that other sites appear to have jumped on. So since Android 4.2.2 is rolling out to the Galaxy Nexus (GSM version), we should probably update the count as it has officially reached four.

    The last update that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus received was Android 4.1.1 (JRO03O) on September 21. Since then, Google has pushed out Android 4.1.2, 4.2, 4.2.1, and now 4.2.2 to the rest of their Nexus lineup. Count em thats four full updates.

    If you havent yet, be sure to read my thoughts on Nexus devices never being tied to another carrier again. Its times like these that Im not sure I even need to argue many of the points made.

    Thank Buddha for custom ROMs. At least the device is still technically a Nexus.'

    http://www.droid-life.com/2013/02/12...xy-nexus-four/

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II via Tapatalk 4
    09-03-2013 10:48 PM
  10. return_0's Avatar
    " How Many Updates Behind is the Verizon Galaxy Nexus? Four.

    by: Kellex | posted 02.12.13 | News
    verizon galaxy nexus

    Over the last year, we have taken to pointing out publicly that the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus continues to fall further and further behind when it comes to updates. In fact, we created the idea of counting them out when the device fell three full updates behind other Nexus devices, a bandwagon that other sites appear to have jumped on. So since Android 4.2.2 is rolling out to the Galaxy Nexus (GSM version), we should probably update the count as it has officially reached four.

    The last update that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus received was Android 4.1.1 (JRO03O) on September 21. Since then, Google has pushed out Android 4.1.2, 4.2, 4.2.1, and now 4.2.2 to the rest of their Nexus lineup. Count em thats four full updates.

    If you havent yet, be sure to read my thoughts on Nexus devices never being tied to another carrier again. Its times like these that Im not sure I even need to argue many of the points made.

    Thank Buddha for custom ROMs. At least the device is still technically a Nexus.'

    http://www.droid-life.com/2013/02/12...xy-nexus-four/

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II via Tapatalk 4
    If you're counting minor updates, then the Note 2 is six updates behind: 4.1.2, 4.2, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.3, and 4.3.1.
    09-03-2013 11:06 PM
  11. dpham00's Avatar
    If you're counting minor updates, then the Note 2 is six updates behind: 4.1.2, 4.2, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.3, and 4.3.1.
    Has 4.3.1 been updated officially to any devices yet? Anyway, even if it has, 4 updates behind on a Nexus device vs. 6 on a niche device isn't terrible, imo. Verizon has always been slow releasing updates so this isn't anything new. If your highest priority is getting timely updates, get either Nexus phones or gpe.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II via Tapatalk 4
    09-03-2013 11:29 PM
  12. return_0's Avatar
    Has 4.3.1 been updated officially to any devices yet? Anyway, even if it has, 4 updates behind on a Nexus device vs. 6 on a niche device isn't terrible, imo. Verizon has always been slow releasing updates so this isn't anything new. If your highest priority is getting timely updates, get either Nexus phones or gpe.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II via Tapatalk 4
    4.3.1 has been released on Nexus devices.
    09-04-2013 12:09 AM
  13. jaboop's Avatar
    By released do you mean the new version will be announced? Because won't it be a couple of weeks before it comes to devices?
    09-04-2013 06:32 AM
  14. dpham00's Avatar
    4.3.1 has been released on Nexus devices.
    Huh, I googled Nexus 4 and 4.3.1 and couldn't find any info about it being pushed to the phones, but I will take your word for it. 5 updates or 6 updates behind isn't really a huge difference, imo, considering it is still jelly bean.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II via Tapatalk 4
    09-04-2013 07:53 AM
  15. lkovach's Avatar
    that's funny, cause before my GNex broke I had 4.2.2 on Verizon
    09-04-2013 08:13 AM
  16. bearda's Avatar
    4.3.1 has been released on Nexus devices.
    There has been a minor security update released to all Nexus devices and a bugfix for the 2013 Nexus 7, but it was only a patch to 4.3. 4.3.1 has not been released yet.
    return_0 and JasW like this.
    09-04-2013 09:43 AM
  17. anon(394005)'s Avatar
    Zoinks! I'll be even further behind, my Note 2 is still on 4.1.1. Seriously though, it makes no difference to me. My Note 2 works great on the original release software it came with. I'm also rooted though, froze the OTA updater and have modified/tweaked the system, so at a minimum I'd have to reverse most of that to be able to take an OTA update (if one were to be available). Regardless though if rooted or not, there would have to be some very compelling reasons to update to newer software other than just that's it's newer. Personally, I need justifiable reasons to consider an update.

    I guess my whole point is that updates are not without risk (rooted or not). They can cause system instability that may require a master (factory) reset to fix, or they can introduce new bugs or even break existing apps. In the meantime you're stuck waiting for another OS update to fix or for the dev to fix their app. Just something to consider when wishing for new OS updates.
    dpham00 likes this.
    09-04-2013 11:03 AM
  18. dpham00's Avatar
    Zoinks! I'll be even further behind, my Note 2 is still on 4.1.1. Seriously though, it makes no difference to me. My Note 2 works great on the original release software it came with. I'm also rooted though, froze the OTA updater and have modified/tweaked the system, so at a minimum I'd have to reverse most of that to be able to take an OTA update (if one were to be available). Regardless though if rooted or not, there would have to be some very compelling reasons to update to newer software other than just that's it's newer. Personally, I need justifiable reasons to consider an update.

    I guess my whole point is that updates are not without risk (rooted or not). They can cause system instability that may require a master (factory) reset to fix, or they can introduce new bugs or even break existing apps. In the meantime you're stuck waiting for another OS update to fix or for the dev to fix their app. Just something to consider when wishing for new OS updates.
    I would rather be on the latest software, as it may have security patches. Plus, I have extended warranty so if I have an issue, Verizon would just send me a replacement. Though I usually wait a few days after the release of an update to see if others are experiencing issues.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II via Tapatalk 4
    09-04-2013 11:29 AM
  19. anon(394005)'s Avatar
    I would rather be on the latest software, as it may have security patches. Plus, I have extended warranty so if I have an issue, Verizon would just send me a replacement. Though I usually wait a few days after the release of an update to see if others are experiencing issues.
    Normally I'd agree with you if we were talking about Windows, a system where Microsoft has had to resort to a monthly patch cycle to try to keep the system less vulnerable. IMHO, Android doesn't have the same threat landscape to warrant much concern, even with some outstanding unpatched security issues. The system is inherently more robust and takes a lot to be exploited. In particular it takes very risky end user behavior to potentially exploit the system (ex. installing apps from untrusted sources). Even then, you can typically just do a master (factory) reset and may be change your Google account password for good measure to get things back to a known clean state.
    09-04-2013 12:21 PM
  20. MissyHaney's Avatar
    Normally I'd agree with you if we were talking about Windows, a system where Microsoft has had to resort to a monthly patch cycle to try to keep the system less vulnerable. IMHO, Android doesn't have the same threat landscape to warrant much concern, even with some outstanding unpatched security issues. The system is inherently more robust and takes a lot to be exploited. In particular it takes very risky end user behavior to potentially exploit the system (ex. installing apps from untrusted sources). Even then, you can typically just do a master (factory) reset and may be change your Google account password for good measure to get things back to a known clean state.
    It's a moo point anyway.(like a cow's opinion, which doesn't matter) If we're lucky, Samsung and Verizon will release 4.3 update for the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 around March 2014. 4.3 will be the final OTA update.
    DWooderson likes this.
    09-04-2013 02:36 PM
  21. Deanig_12's Avatar
    Rumor has it that Samsung is planning on skipping 4.2 for their devices. Not confirmed, as there was a leaked 4.2 for the S3.
    so wll this mean for the people ith the s3 mini that are sopposted to get 4.2 we wont get it?? :O
    09-04-2013 02:37 PM
  22. Aquila's Avatar
    Jelly Bean only has 3 API levels covered, 16-18 which correspond to 4.1.x, 4.2.x and 4.3.x. If you're on any 4.2.x you're on API level 17. So the Note 2 is currently two levels behind (with many versions in between) and 19 is still at least a month out.

    The Verizon GNex I'm not sure what version Verizon is on, mine's been on 4.3 since about 4 hours after it was announced thanks to devs.

    A good question to ask is, "what features or stability improvements, etc. will 4.3 bring to the Note 2 that 4.2 wouldn't?", etc. When you're on such feaure heavy devices, pure android updates aren't often bringing a lot.
    alistairs likes this.
    09-04-2013 03:59 PM
  23. Farish's Avatar
    If you have Android 4.0 or greater, you are going to be fine. I don't know what stellar features in 4.3 people are really looking forward to.

    Features that are available in 4.2 were already done with applications before hand like lockscreen widgets.

    Except for the rare instances, most developers are using the based sdk of 2.2 and if they are targeting any special features they are going to focus on 4.0 to get as much backwards compatible as possible.

    Here is the latest Android version percentage picture. I wouldn't be surprise in a few months that 4.3 is only going to be 2-5 percent of the market.
    Attached Thumbnails Now that Android 4.4 Kit Kat is about to be released, will this make Note 2 three versions behind?-dash.png  
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    09-04-2013 04:51 PM
  24. Scott Kenyon's Avatar
    Jelly Bean only has 3 API levels covered, 16-18 which correspond to 4.1.x, 4.2.x and 4.3.x. If you're on any 4.2.x you're on API level 17. So the Note 2 is currently two levels behind (with many versions in between) and 19 is still at least a month out.

    The Verizon GNex I'm not sure what version Verizon is on, mine's been on 4.3 since about 4 hours after it was announced thanks to devs.

    A good question to ask is, "what features or stability improvements, etc. will 4.3 bring to the Note 2 that 4.2 wouldn't?", etc. When you're on such feaure heavy devices, pure android updates aren't often bringing a lot.
    Sadly, most people don't download the full SDK, so they don't understand API levels. It's a very important concept to understand that gets looked over by almost everyone.
    09-04-2013 05:34 PM
  25. return_0's Avatar
    There has been a minor security update released to all Nexus devices and a bugfix for the 2013 Nexus 7, but it was only a patch to 4.3. 4.3.1 has not been released yet.
    Oh, I see. Oops, sorry about that. But the Note 2 is still 5 updates behind in that case.
    09-04-2013 07:48 PM
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