The Samsung Galaxy S Advance with model number i9070 was rumored to receive Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update starting January 2013. Rumors started in November 2013 but there was no certainty at that time. However, it seems like all rumors about the update are true as Galaxy S Advance owners in Russia started receiving notifications that an update is now available over-the-air. Other users reported that they were able to pull down the update using the Samsung KIES.
The rollout has also been confirmed by Sam Mobile, a blog dedicated to bringing latest news and updates from Samsung. A tipster identified only as evolution102 shared some screenshots confirming the rollout. According to the site, they expected the update would arrive in March but it seems like Samsung is trying to impress its customers by releasing updates earlier than expected.
Samsung Galaxy S Advance was announced in January 2012 running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread on its dual-core NovaThor U8500 processor clocked at 1GHz. There were rumors before that it will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but Samsung itself let those rumors die saying the device will bypass ICS and go straight to receiving Jelly Bean 9 months after its release.
While it is a mid-range device, its specs can run Jelly Bean without any problems. Its CPU is complemented with 768MB RAM. It also features Samsung’s Super AMOLED display technology bearing 480 x 800 pixels resolution.
Going back to the update, the following are details of the official firmware:
If you are in Russia, you can try checking if you can find updates using your phone. Otherwise, you need to download the Samsung KIES client and install it in you computer and let it do the rest.
For now, there are no words when the update could reach other regions. It is believed European owners can get the update before it reaches the U.S. It may take a few weeks but looking at the bright side, the update is coming.
Rumors emerge recently suggesting that two Samsung devices originally released running Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be getting a huge bump to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean without getting Ice Cream Sandwich first. While these rumors are good news to owners, they seem to be so good to be true but considering the fact they came from Samsung Bulgaria, there might just some truth in them.
GSM Arena reported the story first after having received a tip from their source they call Gregorii. According to them, Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 and Samsung Galaxy S Advance will be getting an official Jelly Bean update on still undisclosed date. The devices may be able to run JB smoothly provided they come packed with a dual-core NovaThor U8500 processor with 768MB of RAM. What is surprising is that both will be skipping Ice Cream Sandwich update.
Both devices were released earlier this year with Android Gingerbread OS and there was never any official update to ICS ever since. Previous reports, however, pointed out that both devices are in line to getting their piece of Ice Cream Sandwich but until now, there is no confirmation from Samsung that an update is in development.
The idea that Galaxy Ace 2 and S Advance will be getting a Jelly Bean update is not really far-fetched. One XDA Developer said that it is actually possible to update a device from Gingerbread to the latest version. After all, JB is still ICS in its core only with lots of features, improvements and tweaks.
It may sound strange that of all places in the world the Bulgarian Samsung chapter was the first one to break the news. Ubergizmo speculated that it might just be a miscommunication between a local Bulgarian Samsung employee who allegedly called their head office and was told ICS wasn’t coming but JB will. If you know Bulgarian, you might want to check out Samsung Bulgaria Facebook page to join in the conversation.