Samsung's 2012 flagship phablet Galaxy Note 2 will not be upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop, according the company's UK arm.
A Samsung fan, Rohan Virdee (@WesoLabeshnai), questioned Samsung on the possibility of Android 5.0 Lollipop getting released to 2012 models - Galaxy S3 and Note 2. To that, the UK arm of the Samsung Mobile division replied that both the devices will not be upgraded to the new OS.
Thus, confirming that the Galaxy Note 2 owners will have to stay put with the Android 4.4 KitKat OS for rest of its life-cycle. And we would also like to point out that Samsung had already disbanded software service for Galaxy S3 (both 3G & 4G-LTE) last year itself, probably Virdee was unaware of this fact.
And also Samsung's refusal to upgrade Galaxy Note 2 will not elicit much anguish among fans. Everybody already had an inkling of this bad news to make headlines officially sooner or later. It's because as per contract with Google, Samsung and other Android OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) affiliates are only obliged to provide software support for up to 18 months after the device gets released to the market. Galaxy Note 2 is already well past its two-year life-cycle.
That being said, Galaxy Note 2 owners need not get disheartened because they can upgrade their device to the latest OS via custom ROMs. If you take a short tour on XDA Developers forum, there are a slew of developer communities offering numerous firmwares with tons of customisation options.