It's been nine months to the day since Android 4.2 was announced, and just under four months since Samsung's first non-Nexus 4.2 devices started hitting the shelves. But apparently it takes at least that long to make sure that every non-touch gesture and gyroscopic scrolling function works with a new version of Android. Case in point: both the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 WiFi (GT-P3110) in the UK and the Galaxy Note 8.0 3G (GT-N5100) in Germany are just now getting updated, according to SamMobile.


Screenshot taken by XDA poster Aaron_Knowles

The 4.2.2 update for Samsung's tablets has been kind of sporadic. Before now we've seen the Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE version get it in the UK, with the 3G version of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 updated in France. There doesn't seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason to the location or time for these particular software updates. All four of these tablets were previously running Samsung's special blend of 4.1 and TouchWiz. You know the drill: if you've got the magic combination of device and location, head to your Settings menu to check for an over-the-air download.

If you'd rather not wait for a rolling update, SamMobile has done you a favor and posted both of the updates in their Firmware section. (The files are predictably huge, and you'll need to create an account to access them.) There's probably no harm in flashing them via Kies if you're outside the respective territories, though it's definitely safer to wait for the official update.


Further Reading: Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 WiFi XDA Thread, Galaxy Note 8.0 3G XDA Thread

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • HA99

    They promised many of the tablets would be updated to 4.2 a while back without much of a timetable. My GT-P2100 (7 Plus, Wifi) hasn't received it. Going forward I'm only going to buy Nexus products.

    • JJCommonSense

      Just curious... what is it that youre lacking from the 4.2.2 update? Most manufacturers are not even updating something as old as a 7.0 plus

      • yo

        single finger swipe gesture and lock screen widgets

    • Scott

      Either get nexus or get a device that can have an unlocked bootloader and CM support.

  • chas0001

    I am pretty disappointed regarding Samsung updates. My Note 2 is nearly a year old and on 4.1.2 and the Note 8 (N5110) is still waiting for 4.2.2.

    I will definitely reconsider buying Samsung Devices.

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      That's because your Note 2 is getting 4.3 at once

      • chas0001

        Yes I realise that they will bypass 4.2.* for the Note 2 but this version of Android was released in November 2012. Samsung just seem to take ages to get their act together. I can see why people opt for custom Roms.

        In reality the Note 8 should also get 4.3 but I guarantee that it will be on 4.2.2 (when we get it) for months to come.

      • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

        Hello, "Sonic The Hedgehog"

        I am "Guest10000000000000"/"TheScienceEnthusiast1130".

        • Sonic the Hedgehog

          Oh hey! Yeah I know you. I love Android! Tails' flashed Android into his translator and we love it.

          • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

            I am the user who gets banned many times.

    • hot_spare

      A few models won't ever get 4.2.2. They will jump straight to 4.3

  • davko

    Does anyone know if South Africa will also receive an upgrade for out Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 model?

    • John-Phillip Saayman

      On which network in SA are you and what official version do you have on there. Did you get it on Kies or OTA. Cause my sister has this tab now, and it stays on 4.0.4

  • jb42

    Hey, I know going to an open ROM can be scary, it took me 2 weeks of studying the forums (xda!) Before I took my gtab2-7 to cyanogen 10. But honest to god, its an awesome firmware. And you can always go back! Triangle away resets the flash counter samsung put on the tab so it won't complain, clockworkmod makes complete backup and restore easy.

    Its really worth your consideration...

  • Kevin Chapple

    I actually received the update this morning :-)), over the last hour or so. Yesterday I was starting to see "access to the software update service is provided to users in the order in which they request it. try again later", which looked a little promising, then this morning the download was available.

    Job done :-))

    Essex UK
    GT3110 WiFi

  • Harry

    There was a screenshot capture button on the space bar on my samsung s2 and now it's gone....can anybody help find it again?? thanks

    • umar

      lock and volume down button for 2 secs (ur welcome)

      • david


        what do you mean by 'lock'?

        new operating system, is rubbish

        • Kevin Chapple

          POWER key, and at the same time Volume DOWN key press (for about 2 secs)

  • jolene

    Just installed the 4.2.2 by accident - HOW DO I GET IT OFF!? My tablet is now clunky to use, many of the display features are too large and I don't like the way it functions at all.

    • Bottom Line:

      I don't care for it either and wish I had not taken the update. If you get an anser to this please let me know.

    • Bottom Line:

      I think I am going to move my stuff to an external card and do a factory reset.

      • joan

        U cant take it off its their 4 ever. The update is the factory set now

        • sam

          If you root your tablet you can downgrade but if done wrong you may have a chance of bricking the tablet aka a new paper weight

    • david

      I agree 4.2.2 is rubbish.

  • dpak

    i am not going to buy Samsung phone or tablet again, its takes age to get an update, will directly buy Google/Apple products. easy and faster to get an update plus don't have to have unnecessarily double apps for one device.

  • jecasanovag

    I download the update from firmware section and copied to the micro sd to run. I did all the process but when the tab reboots I get the same version of Android, the 4.1.1.

    My tab has the following information:
    Kernel Version:
    se.infra@SEP-138 #1
    SMP PREEMPT Thu Nov 22 22:01:24
    KST 2012

    Build number

    What I can do to update to version 4.2.2?

    • Bottom Line:

      Consider yourself lucky if you the update did not take.

      • S Yalacki

        Yeah very lucky, we are STUCK with it now and HATE IT. It didn't give an option to refuse the install it just gave me install now or later. So if ya clicked later, then you just had to be annoyed for a second when it came up. I would gladly go back to just being briefly annoyed if I could

  • chris

    can anyone help me downgrade this 4.2.2 off my tablet? i hate it

    • Kevin Agustinus

      You can flash 4.1 ROM with odin. You can get the ROM at sammobile firmware. Don't worry, as official rom reflash won't count on binary counter

  • jess

    Can anyone help me my tablet has just been updated and my screenshot button has been taken off where do ifind it or how do I screenshot

    • Trina

      Have this on mine also....will be buying an ipad next time...this version looks old and google takes up only half a page and doesnt seem to search as easily.yuk wish i had been able to stop the upgrade with is nothing more than a horrid downgrade.

      • renz

        Try to press the power botton and the minus volume at d same time.u will see the screen shot it will works

  • John Thompson

    Just seen a thing for a new update, but it will not let me set it off please help...... or should I leve it till the nexted

  • sadia

    When will the update arrive in Pakistan? ?

  • Very frustrated and need help

    Okay I got a problem I hope I can get help. I got forced into the update to my Tab 2 ( I assume it is the one you are talking about.) The download started and finish as far as I could tell by the 100% meter during the update. Well after the install now my tablet will not boot.? It seems to be stuck in a loop from the opening screen to the samsung logo back to the Tab 2 screen. I have tried rebooting it. I have tried wiping the software to factory but I think the firmware has screwed me. Any ideas. I think I have a paperweight and I am not happy...

    Please send me ideas on how to fix this please I am very scared I got a useless piece of plastic.

  • micko

    this update is absolutely terrible....try getting Samsung to uninstall it and see what a crap company they really are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • micko

    Upon further reading of this forum.....the whole purpose of 4.2.2 (in my opinion) is to definitely STOP anyone from successfully altering , downgrading, or uninstalling it , even though it is your own device.

    It turned my very usable tablet into a dog ,changed the operating system completely and ruined 6 months of learning and refining of all settings,games etc. .

    (I actually lost all stages in a game which had 60 levels, I was on level 58) . Unlucky?

    Just imagine if you paid for stages in a game and the update deleted this game...I would be after compensation.

    By the way what happened to my free anti-virus program ( which was working perfectly)
    after the update installed ? Would it remove a bought one?

    Not all items can be saved after this update because it 'removes' anything which may upset the apple cart ...... just like a virus really.

    You can't go back due to 'company policy', and their reason? We will never know.

    what do their customers think of the update ? Contact them .

  • micko

    Android op systems are good, nay great when all logical extras , apps, programs and settings are user friendly.The owner of the device should always have control, not Samsung nor Google.
    Happy New Year to all!

  • bitchface

    this up date such all my shift looks huge and it's annoying

  • CasterAnd

    HORRIBLE UPDATE! The GUI is shit, the tablet is slow as hell, it freezes, uses ages to load menus and can't run a program in the background for more than 10 seconds. I nearly threw my tablet in the wall (and if I did, I'd send the remains to Samsung along with a FUCK and a YOU). Seriously. My 19-year old friend can do better than whatever Samsung made here.

    Sending an email to Samsung tomorrow, and I will proceed to send the excact same email every single week until I get a proper answer. I have already contacted a large tech website about the issue to get it to the media.

    Besides, the keyboard crashed three times while l wrote this.

  • Michelle L. Skittles Garcia

    How do I text on it?? ?

  • joe bulaw

    stay on 4.1.1 ver 4.1.2 lags