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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 NFC Edition Gets Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update

It’s probably no more than a matter of days until Samsung’s latest budget-conscious handheld, the Galaxy Ace 3, will be made official. But before that can happen, Sammy has a few loose ends left from the phone’s previous generation to tie up.

The Ace 2, released with on-board Android 2.3 Gingerbread a year back, has started getting scoops of delicious Jelly Beans early last month. At that time, it was the non-NFC version (model number GT-I8160) that was bumped up, but now the NFC edition is getting the same treatment.

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That’s at least according to Sam Mobile, but usually, when the website calls it, it’s for real. The exact model number of the Ace 2 being upgraded is GT-I8160P and apparently you can leap to 4.1.2 both through KIES and OTA (over-the-air).

The first country where the update went live was reportedly Germany earlier today, but I’m guessing that’s just the beginning and by the end of the week we’re going to have a fairly rich list of countries where people can get Android 4.1.2 on their Aces.

Remember, these things usually go out in phases, so even if you’re not treated to an update, say, three or four days for now, there’s no reason to panic.

As for you lucky dawgs that have received the prompt message to download and install the new software pack or that have found it in Kies, be sure to have your battery above the 50% mark (ideally, as close as possible to 100%) and enough storage space to go around.

We don’t know exactly how much the upgrade weighs, but it’s likely at least 200 MB heavy. The build date is marked as May 1, while the PDA, CSC and modem codes are I8160PXXME1, I8160PDBTME1 and I8160PXXME1 respectively. Now I wonder if there’s also an Android 4.2 bump for the Ace 2 on the horizon or if this is the 3.8-incher’s end of the road as far as software support is concerned.

Oh, well, even if this is the end, there’s nothing to feel bad about. After all, you’ll be getting a new, smoother and improved UI with Android 4.1, Google Now support and a bunch of Project Butter performance enhancements. 

Via [Sam Mobile]