Samsung kills off the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2

Stalwart handsets will miss out on Android Lollipop updates

The venerable Samsung Galaxy S3

Sad news for owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2: your phone is officially past its sell-by date.

After a user complained to Samsung via Twitter that the latest Google OS wasn't yet available on the devices, the Samsung UK Twitter account replied by saying that neither phone would receive the Lollipop update.

Android Lollipop has been available since November 2014, with the majority of viable handsets making the transition to the new format. Samsung's confession that the S3 and Note 2 are not receiving the update, at least in the UK, is a surefire sign that the phones are on their way out for good. Especially given that some Android phones will probably start receiving Lollipop's follow-up, currently known only as 'M', sometime in the next few months.

It's hard to overstate the importance of the S3 handset to Samsung. Back in 2012 it was temporarily the best-selling smartphone ever, and in its three years of life it has sold a total of 80 million units, making it one of Samsung's most popular creations of all time.

The S3 was also one of the first handsets to show that other companies could compete with - and beat - Apple; its video playback was superb, it had a bold, beautiful screen, and more raw processing power than the iPhone competition at the time. 

Since its release in March 2012, the majority of the market has adopted the 'big is beautiful' motto of the Samsung S series phones, with 5-inch displays becoming the norm. Even Apple eventally had to concede the benefits of a larger screen with the inclusion of a 4.7-inch screen in the iPhone 6 and 5.5in display in the iPhone 6 Plus.

If you're an owner of one of those 80 million S3 handsets and find yourself getting frustrated at the lack of new features and eventual incompatability with new apps, may we suggest you check out our Best Mobile Phone Contract Deals feature and our list of the 10 Best Smartphones In The World Right Now.

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