The Samsung Galaxy S II is almost forgotten now with its successor, the Galaxy S III, in stores for a good six months already. However, there are still plenty of users of the smartphone out there who will like to know any bit of info about the device. And today we have good news coming for GS2 owners. Well, it seems like Samsung is testing the Android 4.1.2 update for Galaxy S II smartphones which could mean that an update is on the horizon. But that’s not all. This test firmware is now available for download, thanks to our beloved dev community.
Be mindful of the fact that this is a test firmware and is likely to have a few bugs. But if that’s something you can look over, you shouldn’t hesitate to download this firmware, especially if you’re the impatient type. It isn’t known when Samsung will officially make the update available, so it could take quite some time. Given the fact that this is merely a pre-release firmware, there’s every possibility that Samsung might ditch the update altogether, if they find the user experience to be unstable. But let’s hope that doesn’t happen, as it has all the hardware specs to run Jelly Bean with ease. In fact, hardware wise, the Galaxy S II should be able to even run Android 4.2 without much fuss as the newest version of Android requires at least 1GB of RAM. The leak comes courtesy of XDA user izap.
So if you’re wondering what’s new with the update, here is the list of features:
- Improved UI with Project Butter.
- Google Now and all the goodies that come with it.
- Some features from the Galaxy S III like Pop-up Play, Direct Call and Smart Stay.
- Samsung’s new Touchwiz Nature UX as seen on the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II is on board.
- An improved notifications bar with access to more information, which is one of the pivotal features of Jelly Bean.
- Two new home screen modes.
- Most of the new widgets seen on the Galaxy S III.
- Samsung’s cloud services.
It goes without saying that some of these features might not work as smoothly as on the Galaxy S III or the Note II due to hardware limitations. It’s a very welcome sign though that Samsung is working on an update for a device which is almost 18 months old. Not sure when the U.S carriers will roll out the update or if they’re even working on one. But international users are certainly on their way to taste Jelly Bean, if all goes well with Samsung.
Note: Downloading and flashing custom firmware can be risky business as there is a possibility of potentially bricking your smartphone. Proceed only if you know what you’re getting into.
You may head over to the source link below and download the firmware or head over to the direct download link if you’re fully aware of the process. Make sure to read the instructions before going ahead with the download. And to just get you going, here’s a video of the Galaxy S II running the aforementioned firmware.