By Alexandra Burlacu | Mar 26, 2013 08:59 AM EDT
Samsung reportedly wants to pack the Galaxy Tab 2 with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, but will continue the update process through Android 4.2.2.
The South Korean company is even trying the same process with the first-generation Samsung Galaxy Tab (GT-P7300/ GT-P7500) and will update all Samsung dual-core smartphones and tablets to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
The news comes from SamMobile, who just received some exclusive information about the Android updates for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. According to its "trusted insider," Samsung is currently testing how Android Jelly Bean updates work with the Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 processor. The source noted that such tests mean nothing for now, but predict great things.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will reportedly get Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for now, but will eventually end up with Android 4.2.2. Samsung will reportedly stop supporting the Galaxy Tab 2 after the Android 4.2.2 update.
As Samsung resolved the issue with its Exynos processor, the South Korean compare reportedly started once again to test Android 4.1.2 firmware for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 (GT-P6800) and Galaxy Tab Plus (GT-P6200). While it may seem like a lengthy process, Samsung apparently wants to update all tablets to Android 4.1.2 in the second and third quarters, or perhaps even update them directly to Android 4.2.2. For now, SamMobile's insider confirmed that all Samsung smartphones and tablets packing a dual-core processor will get a taste of the latest Android software if the test firmware proves successful and the processor can handle the update.
Samsung had its fair share of criticism for delaying updates to its devices, but good news like this may restore hope for Samsung Galaxy device owners. If this report proves to be accurate, Samsung will finally gain a good reputation in terms of Android updates, and that's a rare thing these days. Most tablets are already two years old, and not even Google updates its devices sooner than 18 months.
An update to Android 4.2.2 is definitely exciting news for Galaxy Tab 2 owners, whether it's the 7-inch or 10.1-inch version, but until Samsung makes it official, this is still in the rumor state.
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