Custom Android firmware from Cyanogen Mod and other hacker groups are always welcome in the Android sphere. But rookie users are often hesitant to flash new ROMs on their Android devices, fearing they would brick their device accidentally. Well, with the barrage of Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs available out there, you would notice that there hasn’t been a major bump up from Android 4.0 to the current version (4.0.4) which is pretty much the same as ICS was when it was revealed. But everybody wants their phones to run on the latest version of Android right? And it seems like Galaxy S II users are in luck, as SammyHub has managed to get hold of the official Android 4.0.4 ROM for the device. It is reported that the firmware version will officially hit Galaxy S II smartphones in a few months, but as users grow more curious in anticipation for the latest update, it would make sense to flash this ROM.
However, this new ROM hardly brings anything new to the table and is merely supposed to fix a few under the hood bugs. That being said, it’s always a good feeling to have your device running on the newest Android release, especially when it’s developed by Samsung. The ROM can be downloaded over at SamMobile, and users are advised to restore all their data as this is a full ROM and will wipe all the existing data while flashing. Alternatively, you can wait for the inevitable roll out of the update by Samsung which can be done over the air or via Samsung Kies.The Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus are already running on Android 4.0.4, so it might not be exactly amusing if you own either of the two devices.
Now with this update made public, although unofficially, users are starting to think about Android 4.1. As most of us know, Jelly Bean isn’t majorly different from Ice Cream Sandwich and should work pretty breezily on the current lot of ICS smartphones. It is completely left to the manufacturers to make the update available, and we’ve seen cases where the worthiest of devices have missed out on an update. So if you own a Galaxy S II running on Android 4.0.3, back up your data and get to work, because this might well be the last official update coming from Samsung. According to the source, a similar ROM for the Galaxy Note will be made available soon. So Note users have something coming their way too.
Note: Do the flashing at your own risk as you are solely responsible for any mishaps with your device.