Samsung Galaxy S2 (S II), the company’s flagship phone in 2011, is reportedly going to receive an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update in February. According to a report from CNET, owners in Singapore will be the first ones to download the update early next month. It will be made available over-the-air and via the Samsung KIES. While information about this update is scarce, reports suggest it will consume 1GB of Galaxy S2’s internal memory; it is, therefore, evident it is a major firmware upgrade.
One of the features that would most likely be brought into the older Galaxy model is Smart Stay; the feature debuted in Galaxy S3, which keeps the device’s display on as long as the owner is looking at the screen. There would also be more Samsung-specific features on top of hundreds of fixes and improvements Android 4.1 Jelly Bean brings. Jelly Bean was built based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich’s architecture, however, the newer version has been made with better user interface and more responsive than ever.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 comes packed with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, Super AMOLED display, and 8MP camera sensor. In today’s mobile market, the device is still considered among more powerful smartphones that could probably run whatever version of Android Samsung throws at it. It was originally running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but it has long been updated to Ice Cream Sandwich.
The South Korean tech magnate assured its consumers last year that majority of its Galaxy devices will be getting the Jelly Bean update. In fact, the development of the upcoming update should have been started in October or November because XDA Developers claimed to have gotten hold of a leaked 4.1 Jelly Bean firmware for S2 back in November. At the time, Samsung was expected to roll out an update in December or January but it seems like February is the most appropriate period for it.
If you are one of the owners of Samsung Galaxy S2, this is definitely good news, although, Samsung has yet to release an official statement about it. XDA Devs, however, have already released several custom ROMs based on Jelly Bean. So, if you want to take that route, feel free to do it at your own risk. Otherwise, wait for the official update to roll out.
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