(Update: more confirmations) Samsung: Note 2 will see Lollipop, but only in select regions

by: Andrew GrushMay 11, 2015

Galaxy Note 2

Update, May 11: Samsung Portugal and Samsung Morocco have also confirmed that Lollipop will be rolled out to the Galaxy Note 2. According to the former, the update is currently being finalized.

Original post, May 8:

While Samsung isn’t known for being the quickest when it comes to pushing out Android updates, the Korean giant has actually done a pretty solid job with Lollipop. We’ve seen Android 5.0 push out to numerous flagships in the last few months, including somewhat older models like the Note 3 and Galaxy S4. But what about the Galaxy Note 2? Will this rather aged device ever see Google’s latest sweet treat?

Although Samsung Poland confirmed the Note 2 would, in fact, see Android 5.0 back in February, a more recent report directly from Samsung Gulf says that the Note 2 will not be making them move to Lollipop. Who’s right? As it turns out, they both are.


Thanks to another tweet, this time from Samsung DK, it has been clarified that some regions are getting the update, while others will not. Although we have no way of knowing which regions are opting out of the update, we wouldn’t be too surprised if it eventually makes its way to North America and to the US carrier-branded Note 2 units — though that’s just speculation on our part.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 now heading into its third year of life, we have to admit it is pretty impressive to see Samsung continue with this level of support, even if it isn’t reaching eveyone. As for when the Note 2 will get the update? That’s less clear, though hopefully sooner rather than later.

Thanks for the tip, Joseph Raphael!

  • Wjdzm

    Please make it to NA….

  • Haik

    Now this is crazy ! ))) ow old is this device ?? :D

    • Aki I.

      Still great device though. Even before i put a custom note 4 based Rom on it, which works really well, I’ve been using it since it came out in 2012.. More than my s5 as well.

  • Jemo Tskhakaia

    i dont know which country my phone belongs to becouse i bought it in italy.is it international version or not(GT-N7100)?who is responsible for my phones updates? sorry for my english

    • Aki I.

      N7100 is international and you can pretty much flash any international Rom on it. Odin, xda and sammobile should be your friends.

  • Elfsiren

    I wonder if Lollipop is coming to the Note 10.1 2014 edition? I havent anything about that.

    • MattEgansHairLine

      As googles T&Cs state, upto 18 months of device support, no minimum support period, just the max of 18 months

      • Elfsiren

        Google’s terms and conditions aren’t exactly the same as the other manufacturers in terms of update period. Sure, most of us already know about the 18 months, but doesn’t this article show that this isn’t rigid for the other OEMs? It’s not like we haven’t seen older devices get upgrades before.

        • MattEgansHairLine

          Only one OEM ‘tries’ to get to two years, (and mostly fails) is HTC. A recent HTC phone hit to the 18 months two days before 5.0.1 was released, it is not getting 5.0.1.

          I think became of the delay in getting images to most roid phones, they end up with 12 months support if any at all (Blu customers get none!).

          Actually, the facts show the 18 months is the MAXIMUM, as this charts shows, it has taken 7 years to get close to the 18 months.

          This website is littered with reports and comments from roid customers who have been dumped with no updates and badly manufactured hardware, that ends up being impossible to return.

          This last week AA has published at least one piece on this issue everyday.

          And everytime you get the morRoids claiming the people who bought Nixus 9 are not still waiting, s4 owners who might be lucky and get the buggy 5.0.0 version from last year this month.

          Roid is littered with redundant hardware, as requested by carriers when Page, Brinn & Schit did the deal for market access.

          iOS has no such issue, Andi users were sold down the river so Scr-U-gle would have a chance after being a year too late.

          • Chris

            Calm down there buddy

          • Elfsiren

            Ah. So that’s your game. I wondered what roids was, now I see it’s one of those not really clever attempts at nicknames. Each OEM is different, they produce different tiers of phones. A lot of us here know that only flagships really have a good chance of jumping up to the latest version. If you’re going to argue the update time, argue that. Please don’t bring iOS into it. Apple isn’t perfect with their updates either. Some people get screwed too, like the iPhone 4s (I think it was) not getting iOS 7 (I think it was). iOS has had buggy updates, hardware malfunction and everything else. It’s the nature of the game. I appreciate your input, but please next time do it without the name calling, it comes across as immature.

        • MattEgansHairLine

          You can list those that got post 18 months on the fingers of one hand.

          And no, over the last six months, three people on this site know about the 18 months, the rest pretend it is not true, you are one of the three.

          Ask Android Developer, Wat (a cunt), Brian ‘little cock’, buttface (29,000 comments) or the hundreds who have told me very vigorously how the 18 month T&C does not exist, even though AA has written daily about this, and I have given these twonks googles T&Cs.

          You are sensible, but these MorRoids are just embarrassing themselves and people like yourself because they claim to know as much as you while lying about roid.

          These people hold back resolutions to major flaws and drive users to iOS with every lie that catch users out.

          I have been trying to help roiders get a decent platform, but the search engine fanboys start the abuse and someone has to put them right.

          Just think how roid would be with a real open source like monzilla running it?

          Do you think roid would scam the people who can least afford to be conned by billionaires if say sourceforge ran it?

          We both know the answer.

    • miztrniceguy

      It would be nice if they gave it to owners of Note 10.1 2013 also. The lack of updates for a $400 tablet is appalling. Can you imagine if Microsoft did that with Windows?

  • note 2 loyalist

    Really hoping it will come to Malaysia n South East Asia

  • ShockWave

    no love for s3 :(

    • MattEgansHairLine

      As stated in Androids T&Cs, support upto 18 months for hardware after release.

      Didn’t you know before you bought?

      • ShockWave

        Nah, I got it for free.

        • MattEgansHairLine

          The only time Andi makes any sense, when it is free, or it just a waste of money

      • Chris

        Do you honestly think everyone reads the terms? Did you actully read that day and a half of terms when installing software?..

        Wow you are a nerd

        • MattEgansHairLine

          Yes I am a nerd, who happens to know more about your OS than you or anyone who post comments on disqus.

          I am also a very successful commercial artist and photographer for over twenty years, having created ads, logos, fonts and images for Microsoft, HP, IBM (globally), as well as the majority of blue chip companies across the globe.

          I have 1 degree of separation from Bruce Lee and have met three F1 world champions and traveled the world.

          So yeah, nerd and proud.

          What the fuck have you done, your homework yet?

      • SBM_from_LA

        Actually, not all OEM’s provide updates for their Android devices. I’ve encountered some that didn’t even have the option to check for an update at all…

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  • Choda Boy

    It is really in their best interest to update the devices for the security benefit of the customer.

    • MattEgansHairLine

      Please read the T&Cs Google have on the roid site.

      They state that the update period for roid is a MAXIMUM of 18 months.

      You wouldn’t have heard of roid if Google hadn’t agreed to drop hardware after 18 months.

      Roid is built for carriers not users.

      • Chris

        If an update is unstable like the lollipop then an update is not necessary. But it takes one hard core nerd to get upset over a phone not getting am update.

        • MattEgansHairLine

          Are you dense? Not getting upto date software on a connected device!

          Another self proclaimed expert showing the world what he doesn’t know.

          Please stop embarrassing yourself, even I am starting to feel bad for you.

        • MattEgansHairLine

          And it takes a morRoid to think a connected device containing personal and financial information should be running vunrable software.

          Do any of you actually know what you are talking about or do you just over hear things when cleaning toilets out?

  • Tahnir

    Ever since lollipop made it to my note 3 it’s laggy as **** so I’m not sure whether that’s a great idea for the s4…..

    • Toss3

      The first version was laggy on the Note 4 as well, so it’s just a matter of time before they release a performance update. XDA is your friend.

    • Sebastian Nuñez Del Prado

      I use Dom Pop URv2.2.3 TekHd edition custom rom on my note 3. It’s based off android 5.0.2 and has ports from the s6 and note 4. It’s liquid smooth and I average 14+ hrs of battery life. If you want a better experience visit Xda.

  • Raja

    Hi, selected regions? which are those?

    • Toss3

      Think they said nordic countries.

  • John

    i still didn’t get it on my Note 3 N-9005 i’m in the middle east does anyone knows when it will come out in here? :(

    • Toss3

      Just download it from sammobile.

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