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Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update roundup: Samsung Galaxy S3, Note 2, Google Nexus and more

Following the release of the latest additions to its hardware range - the Nexus 4 handset and Nexus 10 tablet - earlier this week, Google delighted owners of two of its older products by announcing that they would be on the receiving end of a quickfire software update.

Both the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and Nexus 7 mini-tablet were made privy to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in the last couple of days, and now rumours are starting to swirl hinting that two of 2012's highest-profile Android devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3, are being lined up for a trip to the recently refurbished sweet shop in early-2013.

The speculation originates at Samsung fan site SamMobile, which reports that an "insider" has informed them of a Q1 2013 arrival date for the Galaxy Jelly Bean 4.2 updates in question. However unreliable anonymous sources can be, this seems to be a realistic time frame, and the Korean tech giant has already gone on the record as saying that it is currently prepping Android 4.2 updates.

"We will announce rollout plans for Android 4.2 to our Galaxy portfolio of devices in due course," a Samsung spokesperson said.

Xooming out

Unfortunately, now is also the time when we start to find out the devices that aren't getting being privileged with the latest Android version. Specifically, Google has announced that its older Nexus S and Motorola Xoom offerings are being left out of the candy binge, with Jean-Baptiste Queru - JBQ to his mates - a Technical Lead at the Android Open Source Project, breaking the gutting news via a blog post to the Android Building forum.

JBQ opined that the older devices "should continue using 4.1.2," though fandroids with a bit of mobile know-how will no doubt be tempted to push an unofficial port for the exiled devices using custom ROMs - a relatively straightforward endeavour given that Google readily distributes its Android source code and the Jelly Bean 4.2 files have already been made available.

Is this Google's way of nudging users of older devices in the direction of an update?

In fairness, the two products apparently being put out to pasture certainly had a decent run of it, with the Nexus S climbing up to Android 4.1.2 all the way from Gingerbread, and the Xoom tablet - manufactured by Google subsidiary Motorola and arguably the search giant's first (unofficial) in-house tablet - enjoying a similar ascent from Honeycomb.

For more, check our short history of the Google Nexus range, which traces the evolution of the Internet behemoth's native hardware line all the way from 2008's T-Mobile G1 to the new-generation Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 devices.