For those waiting for the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for their Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note II handset, it appears you will unfortunately be waiting quite a bit longer. According to Sammobile twitter account the 4.2.2 update has been delayed until at least November. The reason given is due to a new TouchWiz for the handsets.
Samsung delayed 4.2.2 for Note II and S III. Reason new TW for S III and Note II.
— SamMobile (@SamMobiles) June 11, 2013
Recent leaks of ROMs and specific apps from the Galaxy S4 for the Galaxy S3 and Note II, show that they run quite acceptably on the slightly older models, so the conspiracy theorists are theorising that the real reason for the delay is so that more people feel inclined to upgrade to the newer, Galaxy S4 or perhaps an updated Note 3 in September.
SamMobile is far from an ‘official’ comment from Samsung, however they have been fairly accurate with this type of information in the past. If indeed the reason for the delay really is TouchWiz bugs or the introduction of a newer version of Touchwiz that is holding up an upgrade to the latest version of Android; then it is possibly a good argument to look at purchasing a ‘Google Edition’ model of the Galaxy S4, if it launches outside the US.
Call me sceptical but if this was an issue with software they would not have a time for release. Surely if they purely had software issues why would they know when these issues would be fixed? Wouldn’t that be an unknown? It’s like asking for an ETA for a ROM on Xda-Developers or asking someone how long is a piece of string. Either way in my opinion it is not good enough. The Galaxy S3 is only 12 months old now and the Note II even less, so for both to fall nearly a full year behind the Android ecosystem is a slap in the face to those that purchased the models.
If you purchased a Galaxy S3 or Note II does this delay annoy you? Will it affect future purchases from Samsung?