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Samsung Galaxy S2 Problems and Easy Ways To Fix Them [Part 3]

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Welcome to the third edition of our Samsung Galaxy S2 Problems and Solutions series. At least, ten problems were addressed in this post, so take a little time browsing it to see if your concerns were addressed. After the break, you can find links to the first two parts so feel free to read them.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Problems and Solutions [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S2 and currently experiencing some problems with it, don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected]. You can also post on our Facebook wall or PM us and I guarantee I would respond as soon as I can. For owners who prefer to use Google+, we also have a Google+ page you could follow. We dedicated a page on our site to guide you how to get support, please head to our Troubleshooting Page for instructions.

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#1. Phone won’t turn on, very hot

Problem: My wife’s one year old Samsung Galaxy S2 won’t turn on. The battery is completely charged and after being on for less than 1 hour, the screen went completely black and the phone itself was very hot. She tried to turn the phone back on, but nothing happened. After being off for a few hours, she tried to turn it on again, but still nothing happened. What do we do?

Solution: Pop the back panel open and remove the battery. Leave the phone without battery for about a minute and then re-insert it. Attempt to turn the phone again. If it doesn’t come back on, plug the charger and try to see if the charging icon shows up. If you can’t find that anywhere on the screen, then there are two possibilities; either the charger is busted or the battery was damaged. Connect the phone to your computer or laptop using the original cable, if it doesn’t show the charging icon, please buy a new battery kit.

#2. Can’t hear people on the other end

Problem: I have an ATT GS2 i777 with AOKP 4.2.2. I am unable to hear anyone on the other end and they cannot hear me even though the connection is there. All other sounds are good. I have checked all settings and everything is OK. Thanks, Robbie.

Solution: You failed to mention when this problem started or if the phone was working fine with the stock firmware. But the thing is, I’m not familiar with AOKP ROMs and we cannot use the standard troubleshooting here because you’re using a custom ROM. There is always a possibility that it’s a ROM issue more than anything else. But try to double-check all your settings and use a headset when making or receiving a call. If you can hear the other person using a headset, the earpiece of your phone may have been busted.

#3. Screen froze, won’t turn on

Problem: Dear Droid guy, I have been happily using a Galaxy S2 for 18 months. I plug it in each night to power it up. Yesterday I received a call and everything was fine. Minutes later I checked to see if I had a contact number but the screen was frozen and wouldn’t move. I turned it off to see if that would help but was unable to turn it back on again. I have removed the battery and reinserted it several times but all I have is a black screen. Can you please help. Kind regards, Sue.

Solution: Sue, to rule out the possibility that it’s just a drained battery issue, please plug the charger in. The main problem is that the phone won’t come back on so try to boot to other modes like Safe Mode, Recovery Mode, Download Mode, etc. If you can boot the phone to either one of the modes, then at least we know it’s not a hardware issue. Otherwise, you need to have the phone checked by an authorized technician as soon as possible.

#4. Possible Power button issue

Problem: Hey! I seen your website and thought I would share my problem with you. I don’t know if it is something you can fix by doing something or not, but it is irritating me. So, My Samsung S2 is having major difficulties. The on/off button is not working. AT ALL. I press the off button to try to get it to go to sleep and it wont so then I let it set until it gets dark, but then when it goes dark it wont turn back on, or wake up. It is really bothering me. I don’t know if I just need a new phone but I have seen so many problems with this kind of phone it isn’t cool anymore. I am getting upset because I have only had it a year. I do not want to keep buying phones after phones because the phone is a piece.

I have a question, What kind of phone would you recommend for me? I am kind of rough on it, outside a lot. I am on it all the time. I hate when the batteries go dead in half a day and I most importantly I want something that will last 2 years for my contract. I am on Chat Mobility because of where I live and it is the only plan that gets service good down where I live. Thank you do much for your time!:) — Dalli

Solution: Dalli, it is a possible Power button issue and while I want to help you with it, there’s nothing I can do when it comes to hardware issues. Well, I could if the phone is in my hands. So, please, have the phone checked by a tech in your area. Well, as to the phone that would fit your lifestyle, I think the new HTC One M8 would be just fine for you. It has an aluminum casing and all.

#5. Screen comes back on

Problem: Hi, I have an S2 that shuts down the screen, then after awhile it comes back on. At other times, it freezes and needs to be reset. Any ideas? — Ski

Solution: Ski, there could be some apps or services that wake the phone up every now and then. They often result to fast battery drain and other related problems. My suggestion, download Wakelock Detector from the Play Store and run a test to detect those ‘wakelocks’ and get rid of them.

#6. Cannot go to the Home screen

Problem: Hi, need some help and advice on my galaxy s2, It won’t go into the home page, it shows the “s” and the make then does it again and again etc, but will not go into the menu/home screen?! The battery is fully charged and will charge when plugged in. I’ve tried plugging it into my laptop to access the photos and contacts, but nothing shows up!

If I reboot the phone will I lose all photos and contacts that are stored on the phone? I don’t want to lose my photos, is there an external way to access them, bearing in mind I’ve already tried the USB cable and I never downloaded or access lies either. I hope you can help or give me advice on rebooting or getting my pics back! Thank you, Traci.

Solution: No, reboot doesn’t delete your data, reset does. So, if you haven’t restarted your phone yet, please do because that might fix the problem. I don’t know where you can find the “S” symbol but if reboot won’t fix the problem, try booting the phone to Safe Mode.

Also, in your computer, install Samsung KIES and backup your data because if the problem won’t be fixed, you may need to perform factory reset just for the sake of bringing the phone back to its working state.

#7. Straight Talk firmware update

Question: Will there ever be a chance that this phone, currently running Gingerbread, will get an upgrade thru Straight Talk? And would it be worth the effort?

Answer: If it’s a Straight Talk variant and the company has rolled out updates for that phone, then yes, it may be updated to the recent Android version. But have you already tried pulling down updates using the Samsung KIES? You may also want to call ST’s hotline and ask about an update just to know if there are available updates.

#8. Insufficient storage space

Problem: Hello guys, it’s just recently that I started to get a warning about insufficient storage space. So, I immediately backed up all my data including pictures and videos and delete them from my phone. I uninstalled apps I don’t use anymore but I’m still getting the same error message. How can I fix this?

Solution: This solution came from one of our readers:

I had the same problem. Couldn’t update anything due to insufficient memory. Tried a zillion sites, wasted hours and hours. The only thing that worked was “You need to clear the logging files. Dial *#9900# and select delete dumpstack” as indicated in an earlier post. Freed up almost a GiB of space.

Go to the dialer, and type EXACTLY star pound 9900 pound (*#9900#). The menu automatically comes up (no need to send or anything). Select the delete dumpstack option (second one down on my phone).

I could just scream at Samsung for having wasted so much of my time, when such an idiot simple solution was available. I got all kinds of idiotic advice about reinstalling firmware, moving photos to SD card, etc. None of that worked. *#9900# and select delete dumpstack.

#9. Turning off talkback feature

Problem: Suddenly, get a voice announcing “page 2 of 7” and the like every time I go from one page to another. No obvious way to turn it off. Any ideas? — Allan

Solution: It is the talkback feature turned on, you can turn it off by going to Settings > scroll down to Accessibility using two fingers> under Services, DOUBLE TAP on TalkBack > DOUBLE TAP the ON button > choose OK. That should do it.

#10. Firmware reinstallation

Problem: Hi there, would appreciate your advice on what’s the best way to revive an S2 if the OS had failed and require a fresh install from scratch. Thanks and Regards.

Solution: Here’s a step-by-step procedure:

  1. Download the popular ODIN flashing tool, which is available on the internet for free.
  2. Download the stock firmware for your device.
  3. Boot the phone to Download Mode (Power + Home + Volume Down).
  4. Run ODIN from your computer.
  5. Connect the phone to your computer using the original USB cable.
  6. Let ODIN detect your phone.
  7. Start flashing the firmware to your phone.

I hope this helps.

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How To Fix Common Samsung Galaxy S2 Problems And Errors [Part 6]

The Samsung Galaxy S2 may have been released more than three years ago but a lot of people are still using this model. Proof to this is the numerous emails we are receiving from our readers regarding the issues that they are facing with their S2.

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The Galaxy S2 is a solid smartphone that offers a relatively worry-free user experience. Sometimes though, a few issues may occur which is unavoidable. Since the official warranty of this model may have already expired and most service carriers don’t provide technical support for it anymore we here at TDG will do our best to provide solutions to the problem that our readers are facing.

If you have any issues with your mobile device (any Android smartphone or tablet) then feel free to contact us at [email protected]. You may also reach us at our social networking accounts through Facebook and Google+.

You can check out the previous posts we did regarding the Galaxy S2 from the links below.

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5]

Samsung Galaxy S2 Applications Stopped Working

Problem: I wonder if you can offer me some advice. My (S2) phone has been working fine until this morning when I switched it on as normal and I noted it wasn’t accepting updates on one of my memo pages. I tried a few times to update but nothing. I received a telephone call this morning and thought nothing more was wrong. However since then I have noted that the TWL Launcher along with other applications are flashing up the Sorry Flag stating ‘process.com.sec.android.app twl launcher has stopping working and its going through all the other applications stating the same thing! And each time I press the Force Close it just goes through all the said applications again. It asks to report but Google flags up…is this a problem being caused by Google? I have switched the mobile on and off and removed and re-inserted the battery but nothing. I have tried calling my mobile using my landline but instead of ringing just going straight to voicemail. I’m not near a Mobile Phone shop to get advice. I’ve had this phone for 3 years 2 of which were on contract but on a PAYG for the last year on 3Mobile and have had problems but more to do with connections and not this type of problem I’m experiencing today. Has any other S2 users been experiencing these same problems today? Thanks for any advice you can give me.

Solution: Several owners of the S2 have also experienced this issue. Have you tried using the stock launcher that came with the phone? There’s a big possibility that it is the TWL Launcher that’s causing this issue.  Your solution of turning the device off and removing the re-inserting the battery is one of the first things that needs to be done in cases like this. Unfortunately, it seems that it didn’t solve the issue. The next step that needs to be done is to clear the cache from recovery which works most of the time.

The steps provided below wipes the cache partition of your device. No personal data will be deleted.

  • Turn off the device.
  • Press and hold both Volume Up and Volume Down keys at the same time.
  • Press the Power key only until the phone vibrates once, then release only the Power key.
  • Continue to hold the Volume up and Volume Down keys until the Android System Recovery screen appears.
  • Press the Volume Down key to highlight wipe cache partition.
  • Press the Home (GB only) or Power (ICS only) key to select.
  • Make sure Reboot System Now is highlighted and press the Home (or Power key) to reboot.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Charging Problem

Problem: My galaxy s2 will not stay on if it is not on the charger and will turn off randomly when it is on the charger. I have cleared cache and rebooted system not sure what else to do. Last night I set my alarm on it for 4:30 am and when it went off it was actually showing 2:30am but clock on phone said 4:30. When i take off charger it acts like it wants to start up but never goes past the Boost signal then shuts of and keeps doing the same thing until i plug it back up….. Please help

Solution: There are lots of factors to consider for this type of issue. Since you mentioned that you already rebooted the system (factory reset?) and cleared the cache then it’s safe to say that we can eliminate any third party application that may be causing this problem. Have you tried using another battery and check if the problem still occurs? If it still exists then there’s a big possibility that either 1.) A recent Android software update is causing this or 2.) it may already be a hardware issue. In both cases the device really needs to be checked by a technician.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Black Screen Problem

Problem: Hi, I have samsung galaxy s2 ( GT-I9100, UK-tmobile) which is giving me trouble. It has got complete black screen but when i switch on the function keys are lighting up. I am receiving the call as well but with black screen. It is connecting to Kies with out any problem. I tried hard resetting which did not solve my problem. I can’t do any other things (rebooting,factory reset) because of the black screen. I could not find any solution on the internet. Can you help me out. Thank you

Solution: Based on your description of the issue this could already be a hardware issue. Since you mentioned that it can connect to Kies without any problems and the phone functions normally then this could already be an issue with the display. You will need to have this checked by an authorized technician.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Text Message Counter Problem

Problem: I have a Galaxy s2 and the counter for my text messages continues to display the number “1”although their is no new text message. How do I get the text messaging icon to stop displaying the number “1”, when there are no new messages?

Solution: If your S2 is running on Android ICS 4.04 then this is a known issue for this version of the software that occurs not only on the S2 but on other devices as well. One solution that works most of the time is by going to Settings -> Applications – > manage Applications – > All – > BadgeProvider – > Clear data .  After this process you should restart your device. Hope this solution helps.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Becomes Hot

Problem: My Samsung S2 handphone become hot when I on the wifi or 3G to access internet. Without on the wifi or 3G , phone is at normal temperature. Can you guide me how to solve this problem.

Solution: When The Galaxy S2 or any other mobile device becomes hot when connecting to a Wi-Fi or 3G network then this means that an activity is going on which could probably mean that certain apps installed in the device are accessing the Internet. You could start by checking on what apps you have installed. Try to uninstall one app then try to access the Internet and see if the device gets hot. Repeat the process until you reach a point where the device does not get hot. If it still gets hot after you have uninstalled all of your apps then you could perform a factory reset on your device (make sure to backup all data from your phone and microSD first as this procedure will return the device to its initial state).

  • On the main home screen, just select MENU
  • Select SETTINGS, then select PRIVACY
  • Select FACTORY DATA RESET
  • Select RESET PHONE
  • If the password is required, enter it. Then confirm by selecting ERASE EVERYTHING

If it still gets hot then perform a Hard Reset

  • Turn your phone off.
  • With the phone off, press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key, then press and hold the Power key. You’ll see the Android recovery screen.
  • Scroll to Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Volume Up or Down keys. Select with the power key.
  • Scroll down to Yes, Delete User Data and select it.
  • Back on the first screen, scroll down to Wipe Cache Partition and select it.
  • Your factory reset is now complete.
  • Go to Reboot System Now to restart the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Dead Without Warning

Problem: HI, i really need your help. My Galaxy s2 had a low battery and i booted it, it went off and has not come on ever since; no matter the charging. What should i do, all my contacts are in there not backed up!

Solution: In situations like this most of the time the problem is with the battery or the charger itself. Try using a different charger and see if this works. If not then the battery of your S2 may have gone bad already, try replacing it with a new one. I hope this solves the issue and helps you gain access to the contacts stored in your device.

Samsung Galaxy S2  Screen Turns Black

Problem: so today i was playing a game on my galaxy s2 and all of a sudden the screen turned black and i couldnt turn it on anymore. so i charged it up and then the load up screen appeared but it wont boot all the way up and shuts down halfway through boot up. Could it be the battery or the phone its self?

Solution: This could be an issue with the phone itself and not the battery. Just to be on the safe side try connecting your charger to the phone then turn it on. If it still won’t boot up completely then there’s something wrong with the phone. Try and see if you can do a master reset on the device. This will delete all your data stored on the internal storage but will not delete data stored in the SIM card or SD card.

  • Turn off the device.
  • Press and hold both Volume Up and Volume Down keys at the same time.
  • Press the Power key only until the phone vibrates once, then release only the Power key.
  • Continue to hold the Volume up and Volume Down keys until the Android System Recovery screen appears.
  • Press the Volume Down key to highlight wipe data / factory reset.
  • Press the Power key to select.
  • Press the Volume Down key to highlight Yes – Delete all user data.
  • Press the Power key to select.
  • Press the Power key to reboot.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Charging Problem

Problem: Hi, I haven’t had my Samsung for a long time. Probably 3 weeks. My problem is that is won’t charge. I replaced the battery but still, no avail. When I plug my charger in ( ive tried numerous chargers thinking that might be the problem) and I hold it a certain way, it charges but as soon as I let go it stops charging.. what should I do?

Solution: Since you mentioned that you have already tried different chargers (hopefully with different USB cords as well) then the problem may be in the charging port of the device itself. For this type of issue you have to bring the phone to an authorized service center to have it fixed.

Samsung Galax S2 Haptic Feedback Problem

Problem: Hello, I’m having issues with haptic feedback on my Samsung S2. Even if I have it switched on, often it just won’t work. When it vibrates it also makes a funny noise. Any ideas?

Solution: There are several owners of the S2 who are also experiencing this. From what we have gathered this issue is caused by the excessive use of headphones since the vibration device is located near the audio jack. Once the audio jack gets stressed it affects the vibration and haptic feedback feature of the device.

A temporary fix to this problem is listed below

  • Insert a cable into the headphone jack.
  • Lightly press on the jack, in the direction of the front-facing camera (left, if looking at the phone from the front)
  • Whilst lightly pressing in this direction, remove the jack.
  • Vibration should be restored

A permanent fix is to bring the device to an authorized service center and have the vibration motor fixed.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Battery Drains Fast

Problem: Hi there,I’m using the Galaxy s2 i1900 the international version. The problem is that the battery drains prettyvfast, like I fully charged the phone and I listened the music with a headphone, only about 20 mins later, the battery droped down to 93%. When I surf the web with the 3G connectiin, it will always take a lot of my battery life, like 10-15% with one hoir of surfing the web. It can never last a full day. I had to charge it like twice per day, in oder to last for a day. I would really appreciate, if you could somehow find the solution for this annoying problem.

Solution: When the battery of a device drains fast it could mean that the battery is faulty or there are apps running in the background that are using up your charge.

First let’s discuss some battery saving tips that you can do first to see if it solves the issue

  • Reduce display brightness
  • Remove unused widget
  • Always make sure that your phone has a good signal reception
  • Try to use Wi-Fi instead of 3G as it uses less power
  • Disable or reduce background scheduled auto-sync applications
  • Turn off Bluetooth, GPS If you don’t use them
  • Turn off new Samsung Apps notification if you don’t use them

If the issue still occurs try uninstalling apps that you have installed. These apps may be running in the background even if you have closed them which may cause the battery drain issue.

As a last resort you could also try replacing your battery with a new one.

Fixing Samsung Galaxy S2 Problems and Errors [Part 5]

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Our mailbox has been flooded with hundreds of Samsung Galaxy S2 problems and questions already after publishing the first four parts of this series. It seems like there are millions of owners who are still using this phone and aren’t getting much support from their service providers already.

So, if you have problems with your S2, don’t hesitate to contact us ([email protected], Facebook, Google+) and we will do the best we can to provide free support or advice. We may not be able to know every solution to every problem you send, but rest assured we will conduct researches and help you find fixes to your concerns.

Meanwhile, try browsing this post and see if your concern have already been addressed. I also have published four segments so try to visit them as well. Links are provided after the break:

Samsung Galaxy S2 Problems and Solutions [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]

Now, here is one of our readers who want to say thank you:

Thanks guys, been having awful trouble with my Samsung Galaxy S2 not being to download anything, getting hot…etc. Fix no. 7 worked amazingly, just typed in the code deleted dump stack and voila, I am able to download all the games I deleted due to insufficient storage space… Wow! Kind Regards – Alan

Problems and Solutions

#1. Galaxy S2 has problematic buttons

Problem: Hi, I don’t know if this is a common problem or not but all the time my menu button goes nuts. I’ll be using Firefox or Amazon and the menu just pops up by itself and I have to keep tapping the screen to make it go away. And the back button also has some problems, like when I send/receive a text it’ll just stop working for 10-15 seconds. Its really frustrating, any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Eddie.

Solution: I know how frustrating it is, Eddie. But I believe it’s more of a hardware issue than a glitch. The best course of action is to have it checked as soon as possible. There is, of course, a possibility that it’s a firmware issue, so, it is logical to perform factory reset just before you bring it to a tech.

#2. Galaxy S2 became hot, won’t turn on

Problem: Dear sir, I hope you will help me and give a best solution as soon as possible. My set was showing a problem (it was hot from back side cover after a small period of time when I used) from last two weeks and today it turn off. My Galaxy S2 won’t turn on when I press the power button. Is there a way to solve this?

Solution: I believe your battery is now faulty and it was the one that caused the heating up of the phone. It is also the reason why your phone won’t power up; it may not be able to hold a charge anymore. Of course, the immediate remedy for this is to buy a new battery kit, or have the phone checked thoroughly by a technician.

#3. Galaxy S2 keeps hanging and freezing

Problem: Hey. My Galaxy S2 froze a couple of days ago. Now it will turn on and respond for a bit, but will always freeze (or reboot). While it’s on it won’t connect to my mobile network or wifi. I may have spilled just a couple of drops of juice on the phone, but I had a protective screen on it and I can’t imagine any having entered the phone. Anyway, I tried clearing the cache, then I did a factory reset. Same problems persist. I opened it and tried cleaning the board with a compressed gas duster. There was nothing that stood out to me when I had the phone open…looked very clean and proper. If you have a magic cure, that would be wondrous. Thanks!

Solution: Oh yeah, how I wish I have a magic wand so I can easily fix problems but I don’t. Just like the previous two problems, yours could also be hardware related and the best way to find out what really is happening with the phone is have it checked up. Sorry, but when it comes to hardware issues, there’s only so much we can do about them.

#4. Galaxy S2 camera blurry

Problem: The camera on my s2 taking pictures is blurry I have tried everything but nothing is working. I need step by step guides on other ways to fix the problem. Please help I’ve had enough.

Solution: Just make sure the lens is clean and don’t move around when taking pictures. I think you already did this, didn’t you? I am sure this isn’t a firmware or software issue; the component at fault here is the camera sensor itself. You need to have that replaced.

#5. Galaxy S2 can’t access mobile data

Problem: Hi there, I was reading through your guide on how to fix common problems with the Galaxy S2. For the past month, I haven’t been able to access data on my phone. I tried a factory reset and it didn’t fix the problem. Data is turned on, I pay my bills, and I’ve got the right network selected. I’ve tried everything I can think of, including bringing my phone to my service provider, but nothing works. Can you help me? Thanks, Sarah.

Solution: Your service provider should have been able to provide you explanation why you can’t access ‘their’ network through your phone. Honestly, when it comes to network problems, your service provider or carrier has the correct answers. But in your message, there’s one thing you haven’t mentioned–the APN Settings. Perhaps your service provider changed the settings that’s why your phone can’t be able to connect to the network using the previous settings. Please call your service provider and ask for the correct APN settings and have the rep walk you through setting them up on your phone.

#6. Galaxy S2 deleting dumpstack

Question: I just read Part 3 of S2 problems and wanted to try your insufficient memory fix. Unfortunately the ‘delete dumpstack’ option does not show on my phone after dialling *#9900#

The nearest thing SysDump shows is ‘delete dumpstate/logcat.’ Is that the same thing? Phone is GT-I9100 running stock Android 4.1.2. Thanks!

Answer: Yes, it is the same as dumpstack. Terminologies vary all the time but they have the same meaning especially in Android.

#7. Multiple Galaxy S2 problems

Problem: I have a Galaxy S2. It was working fine for more than 2 years then three months ago, I started to have some problems:

  • Battery drains quickly and suddenly drops from 70% for example to 12% and sometimes to 0% and the phone goes off
  • Mobile never shuts down it always reboots, and cannot be turned on unless I go to installation mode and reboot
  • Battery flash when the mobile is charging (device turned off) keeps repeating itslef without showing how much the battery is charged
  • Mobile cannot be connected to laptop using USB

I have changed the battery but the second one got damaged very quickly. I took it to a mobile specialist and he changed the charging port, then all the problems were solved except the draining battery and its sudden death.

I want to change the battery but I am not sure whether it is the problem or not. The specialist was not very helpful. Can you tell me how to check what is the cause of this charging problem? The battery or something else. Thanks.

Solution: So what remain now is the draining problem and the random reboot. With hardware issue already put aside, all you can do is to observe the phone closely. Spend half a day observing it with all third-party apps disabled. Boot to safe mode and never open any app you downloaded or installed from the Play Store. If you’re going to make or answer some calls, feel free but be observant of your battery’s performance. I’m not sure how quick your device drains the battery but with all third-parties disabled, the phone could last way longer than before. Otherwise, it’s a battery problem.

In case the problem is caused by a third-party or pre-installed app and you don’t know which one, backup all your data and perform factory reset via the Recover Mode. That will bring the phone to its optimum settings and all any other problems associated with third-party apps or core services should be fixed.

Additionally, one of our readers suggested some procedures that works:

Hello, I don’t know if this is the right email address, but I have some solutions to problems with the galaxy s2. Laptop not recognising phone. This happened to me, every time I plugged it in I had to redownload the driver. Fidleing and faffing I found a better solution. Remove the SD card from the phone. Then your pc will recognise your phone. I believe it’s down to a conflict with the laptop /phone. Both recognise the external SDcard it as a storage device belonging to the other so neither access it. Thus this in turn can block the phone.

Also battery drain, yes this to has happened to me. Power was being eaten at an alarming rate. From full battery to dead in four hours. Try removing the SD card for a day and see if it still drains as quick. If it is the card it’s my theory that a garbled line has been written to the SD card. I found such a line on mine, deleted it and all was ok after. Though to find that out I put card in card reader and used pc to access it. I hope this is of help to some one. P’s love your app, especially the s2 fixes. Julian

#8. Google apps process stopped working

Problem: I saw your posting. I have a Galaxy S2 – T989 from T-Mobile. Over the last few weeks, I have been getting the error message and phone freezing “google.process.gapps” has stopped. I have gone to the download manager and “disable” but it does not resolve the problem. Your suggestions are appreciated. Thank you. — Todd

Solution: The thing about this issue is that it could related to all apps and services Google including the Play Store itself, the Play Services, Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice, etc. Thus, it is difficult to point out which one of these apps and services is causing the problem. But try to remember which of them were recently updated or used prior to this issue. If you can’t remember anything, try going to the Application Manager and look for Google Play Store and clear its cache and data–lastly uninstall its updates. While it is not so common, many Android users already encountered this problem and most of the time uninstalling Play Store’s updates fixes it. So, try that one.

#9. Galaxy S2 Wi-Fi and call problems

Problems: Hi there, I am on the Bell network and I have the Samsung Galaxy S2( Baseband Version I9100MUGMA5 with Android Version 4.1.2.). Ever since this version of Android, every time I turn on my Wifi, my cell phone re-boots. This is quite annoying. Are there any fixes for this?

My latest issue and biggest one of all. When anyone calls me and I answer with my cell phone, I can hear the person perfectly, but they cannot hear me. I don’t know what this problem can be.

If I use Bluetooth or the speaker phone, this works just fine as the caller can hear me. Ever hear of this problem? Any solution? Thanks, Pascal.

Solution: The first problem you mentioned may be caused by corrupt Wi-Fi cache. You need to wipe that off your phone’s memory by booting to Recovery Mode and wiping the cache partition. Here’s how…

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold both Volume Up and Volume Down keys at the same time.
  3. Press the Power key only until the phone vibrates once, then release only the Power key.
  4. Continue to hold the Volume up and Volume Down keys until the Android System Recovery screen appears.
  5. Press the Volume Down key to highlight wipe cache partition.
  6. Press the Home (GB only) or Power (ICS only) key to select.
  7. Make sure Reboot System Now is highlighted and press the Home or Power key to reboot.

The second problem, however, I think is caused by a busted microphone. You need to have the phone checked by an authorized Samsung technician or by your service provider.

#10. Android process acore stopped working

Problem: Good evening, I’m from Malaysia. I have a problem with my Galaxy S2. The problem is, a dialog box appears. the message were like this. “Unfortunately, the process android.process.acore has stopped.” Each time I entered the menu, the dialog box will appear and it will exit to homescreen. What should I do? Thanks in advance.

Solution: This is apparently an Android problem. I’m not sure what happened to your phone that the core Android service was messed up but the best course of action is to wipe the cache partition first. After that, boot your phone normally and see if the same problem happens. If so, try booting to Safe Mode and observe if it still persists. If it doesn’t, then there is at least one third-party app that’s messing with the system, find that app and uninstall it. Or, you can proceed to backing up your data and performing factory reset.

#11. New Galaxy S2 won’t boot up

Problem 1: My Galaxy S2 won’t turn on. It’s new and I’ve tried everything from resetting everything and taking out the battery and putting a new one in. It always gets stuck at one part. — David

Problem 2: Hi, recently the phone stopped turning on. It comes up with the provider’s start up menu but it freezes on a blank scree with SUMSUNG name on it. The phone is about 2.4 years old. Are there any fixes? Regards, Andrea.

Solution: You meant the phone won’t continue with the boot up process… there is a possibility that the Android system has some corrupt files needed to boot up. But the other possibility is that there could be some apps or service causing the problem. Wiping the cache partition via the recovery mode would often solve this kind of problem. But before doing that, try removing the microSD card first to rule out the possibility that the external storage device is causing all this.

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold both Volume Up and Volume Down keys at the same time.
  3. Press the Power key only until the phone vibrates once, then release only the Power key.
  4. Continue to hold the Volume up and Volume Down keys until the Android System Recovery screen appears.
  5. Press the Volume Down key to highlight wipe cache partition.
  6. Press the Home (GB only) or Power (ICS only) key to select.
  7. Make sure Reboot System Now is highlighted and press the Home or Power key to reboot.

Hope this helps.

#12. Galaxy S2 camera focus problem

Problem: Hi, sometimes the pictures made by my S2 phone are blurry (not focused). All my camera settings are ok. I saw some questions regarding the same problem on the internet. Do you have any suggestion how to solve this? — Jan

Solution: The immediate remedy to this issue is to clear both the cache and data of the camera app. If that doesn’t work, try using other camera app from the Play Store and the quality of the images are still the same, then it’s a sensor issue. There’s no better way to address it but to have it checked or replaced by a technician.

#13. Black dot on Galaxy S2 in camera mode – facing out

Problem: Hi there, thought I’d share this issue that my Samsung Galaxy S2 has had for approx. the last few months. When I click the camera to take a photo – in the upper left quadrant, there is a small black dot. I checked and cleaned the camera lens on the back, but it is not that – the issue is still there. What I did notice is that if I put the video mode on, there is no black dot, and also, if I switch the camera to the option, as if I wanted to take a photo of myself, there is no black dot. I was thinking this was perhaps a pixel issue, but now wonder if it could perhaps be software related. Any ideas? Sincere thanks, Annette.

Solution: If it were a pixel issue, Annette, the black dot will appear regardless of what application you’re using, or even if you’re on the Home screen doing nothing. So, let’s rule out that possibility now since you said it disappears when you’re on video mode. I never encountered this problem before but I know the most logical action to address this is clearing the cache and data of the Camera app. Don’t worry, you won’t lose any of your pictures. I am curious to know about this problem, so if you’d be so kind to send a screenshot, that would be very helpful.

#14. Galaxy S2 warning triangle, thermometer

Problem: Hi, my 2-year old S2 won’t switch on. It’s showing battery 3/4 charged but flashing over to a caution sign and thermometer I’ve taken battery out for half hour and put back it’s still doing it. — Sue

Solution: Sue, it has something to do with either the thermistor of the phone or the USB port circuit in general. But either way, you need to have the USB port replaced because thermistor is also attached to that board. Newer phones would say something like battery temperature is too high or too low instead of showing that icon. Sadly, there’s no other way to fix this but to bring your phone to a service center and have it checked.

#15. Galaxy S2 apps icons grayed out

Problem: Hi, I am using Galaxy S2 since 2 years. Initially I had little problems in over heating of processor. Now few days back my phone got switched off immediately due to over heating and when I switch on the processor I found that the applications which I have installed in it is not working neither opening. Whenever I touch the icon its showing the message “Application is not installed in phone”. After this I tried to restart the phone but even after rebooting its showing the same. The phone is not getting connected to network even if is showing that it is connected to a network. I tried to connect to PC through Samsung Kies but even it isn’t getting detected in kies too. Mainly play store not working too. All the data are present in SD card which needs to be backed up. So what may be the solution for this? I have also shown how the screen looks.

Solution: The screenshot attached to this email showed a lot of app icons grayed out. Basically, when you tap any of those apps, you’ll get the ‘not installed’ error message. Those apps were, of course, installed only that the phone cannot locate files or data needed to run them. Why? Because may be the storage device where those data were stored cannot be detected or read by the phone anymore. So, it is more of an external storage issue than anything else. It could be that the microSD card has totally become corrupt or it was simply un-mounted.

What you can do is to remove the microSD card and boot the phone normally. You’ll still be seeing those grayed out icons because the SD card isn’t connected to the phone. Now, turn the phone off normally and then mount the SD card again and boot the phone. This time, if the phone can detect the SD card, the apps whose icons were grayed out should be fine. If not, then remove your SD card, have your laptop read it and if it can, backup everything that’s in it. After that, format your SD card to FAT32 format and you need to redownload those apps again. Better yet, perform factory reset and bring the phone back to its original settings before re-downloading all your apps.

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How To Fix Samsung Galaxy S2 Problems and Errors [Part 4]

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This is the fourth edition of our Galaxy S2 Problems and Solutions series and I have addressed about fifty user-reported problems already. We receive hundreds of emails from S2 owners so you can expect to be reading posts like this every week. Now, if you have concerns with your phone right now, please browse this post to see if I already addressed them. If you cannot find your problems in this post, try the first three parts of this series:

Samsung Galaxy S2 Problems and Solutions [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]

For those who are currently having problems with their Galaxy S2, email us at [email protected] and tell us everything about your problems. You can also interact with us on our Facebook page; I’m one of the people who answers questions there. We also have a Google+ page you could follow so you would be notified every time a post is published.

#1. Laptop can’t recognize Galaxy S2

Problem 1: Hi there, I’ve just browsed your website and seen all three parts on the Samsung S2 issues that many people are having. The problem that I’m facing is when I connect the phone to my laptop the USB is not recognised and I have over 3000 pictures which I want to save on my laptop. Only a few weeks ago did the sign come up on the phone telling me it was connected and use the storage. Now when I plug it in using the original cable lead it just keeps charging. Please could you help as I would hate to loose my photos. Thank you, Hema.

Problem 2: Hello, I am having probs hooking up my s2 phone to pc via the phones usb cable. I hooked up my kindle to same pc again via usb and had no probs. I use windows pro 7 .it did work several weeks ago but alas not now. Can you help please? — David

Solution: I’m sure it’s just a driver issue. Drivers are byte-size applications you install on your computer so devices connected to it can be detected and recognized. In your case, you just have to install them.

For now, get the model number of your phone and head to this link; this will bring you to Samsung’s download center where you need to enter the model number of your phone to download drivers. Or, you can download Samsung’s full-blown suite known as KIES, which also contains necessary drivers you need to have the phone recognized by your laptop.

#2. Cracked screen on Galaxy S2

Problem: Hey man I dropped my Samsung Galaxy S2, the screen has cracks and the screen won’t light up, only the touch keys light up, what should I do?

Solution: Odds are, the display panel was totalled due to the impact of the drop together with the digitizer (the outer glass that makes touch screen possible), or it could be just a loose connection. Either way, you need to have the phone checked by an authorized technician. There’s nothing we can do when it comes to damages on the hardware.

#3. Galaxy S2 turns off by itself

Problem: My name is Matt. I have the Samsung Galaxy S2 and I turn it on and after its on for a minute it starts to turn itself on and off by itself.

Solution: Hey Matt, I don’t know the history of this phone but I would assume it doesn’t have any physical or liquid damages. But the first thing you must do is boot it to safe mode to see if the it still reboots. If the problem persists even in Safe Mode, perform factory reset. If not, then find the third-party app that’s causing the problem.

#4. Phone crashes after long period of use

Problem: I have a Galaxy S2 and if you use it for a long period it crashes and you have to take the battery out for a minute or two put it back in and it works for a while. I’ve tried putting in a new battery doing factory reset and nothing seems to work any ideas would l love to hear from you with new ideas.

Solution: If the phone heated up when it crashed, then the phone is overheating. If this was the case, the crashing was the fail-safe. However, if the phone doesn’t overheat, then there’s a problem with the processor or, at least, one of its components. You need to have it checked.

#5. Galaxy S2 won’t charge

Problem: I found your article accidentally and love the info! My quandary: I have a Samsung galaxy S2 from straight talk. I was having battery draining issues before my phone took a toilet dive about a month ago. Amazingly enough it dried out and worked fine until about two weeks ago. It shut off and nothing I do seems to get it to turn back on. I’ve plugged into the wall, computer and car to no avail. I took the battery in to be swapped and found the old one was still at 3.7V, which I was told should be enough to power it on. Is it repairable or should I consider a new phone?

Solution: I’m not sure how wet the phone when it took the dive but the thing about liquid damage is that the phone could still work fine until the day it just decides to give up. I think the problem is with the USB port, it is replaceable, though. But please, let a technician check what the problem really is.

#6. Galaxy S2 will not boot up

Problem 1: Hello! I am at my wits end, saw your page and I am HOPING you can help me. I have a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 and it will not get past the point where the green android flies away. I have tried holding volume buttons up and down while turning power button on to no avail. The phone keeps flashing Samsung at me when I try to turn it on, nothing will get it to do anything. Please tell me there is a way to fix this? Thank you in advance, Courtney.

Problem 2:My boyfriend’s Galaxy S2 won’t turn on. When he tries the phone just constantly says Samsung Galaxy S2 over and over. Have already tried removing the SD card and battery. He’s running on an unrooted Straight Talk Galaxy S2.

Solution: I am almost certain that booting to recovery mode and wiping the cache partition will fix this problem. I’m not sure what version of Android your phone is running on but this is how you boot to recovery mode:

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold both Volume Up and Volume Down keys at the same time.
  3. Press the Power key only until the phone vibrates once, then release only the Power key.
  4. Continue to hold the Volume up and Volume Down keys until the Android System Recovery screen appears.
  5. Press the Volume Down key to highlight wipe cache partition.
  6. Press the Home (GB only) or Power (ICS only) key to select.
  7. Make sure Reboot System Now is highlighted and press the Home or Power key to reboot.

If wiping the cache partition won’t work, perform factory reset via the recovery mode.

#7. Can’t send/receive text messages

Problem: Hi, I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and it isn’t sending or receiving texts, I’ve talked too Rogers and they told me everything is working properly. I’ve tried resetting my phone back too the factory settings and it did nothing. I also tried clearing my cache but it had nothing on it so I couldn’t clear anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. — Jake

Solution: Okay, so there is a possibility that it’s a hardware problem especially when the phone can’t get good service even if you are in the area where coverage isn’t an issue. However, if the phone is getting good coverage, it’s not a hardware problem. The thing is that even if there’s only 1 bar of signal available in the area and as long as your account is in good standing with credits left, you can still send and receive messages.

Long before MMS and mobile data were integrated into phones, cellular service already reached its peak. So, if you cannot send / receive text messages, it’s a network problem. So, call your carrier and have the rep walk you through setting up the correct Message Centre number on your phone.

#8. Battery drain question

Question: I have a question about Samsung S2. When ever I charge it to 100% and I shut down the phone, 5 minutes later I turn it back on the battery drains till 70%-50%. I should keep it turned on so the battery won’t drain again for now. Any solution? Thank you very much that would help a lot!

Answer: Either the battery can’t hold the charge or the power adapter can’t provide required amperage to charge the battery. Another possibility is that the battery indicator isn’t accurate. I never encountered this problem before, but if it’s not hardware-related, then wiping the cache partition should fix this issue.

#9. Problem with S2 sound

Problem: I bought my Samsung Galaxy S2 yesterday and everything was fine but now my sound will only work when the headphones are plugged in. I have checked all the settings and can’t find why it won’t work. Please help.

Solution: Unless the loudspeaker burst, there’s no reason for the phone not to sound off a day after it was bought. So, I believe it’s just a messed up setting. To fix this, of course, check for the volume settings. The phone is new, so performing factory reset isn’t that much of a hassle. At least, by doing so you would know if it’s a hardware problem or not as early as now. If the issue is more serious than you think, then have it replaced.

#10. Galaxy S2 can’t send email

Problem: Hi, I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and for the past week or two I have been unable to send emails from my main account (gmail account sends okay!)   Whenever I try to send an email from my main account, it just sits in the outbox and eventually will show that the send failed. I would appreciate any help you can provide as without having access to this email the phone isn’t much good to me. Thanks, David.

Solution: By ‘main account’ you mean corporate email, right? Please check your outgoing server settings and make sure all fields contain correct data. Of course, I assume you have an active internet connection. If all settings are correct, please call your service provider or your company’s IT department to inquire about the problem.

#11. Cannot turn Galaxy S2 on

Problem: I am the owner of one unit Samsung Galaxy S2, my problem of my unit is I cannot turn on my cellphone, always low battery, I already change the battery, the same problem. I brought this CP to a technician, according to him the problem is the battery that’s why I bought a new one. Please help me. — Carlota

Solution: Well, bring the phone back to the technician who said it’s a battery problem and tell him the new battery didn’t solve the problem. I don’t what kind of tests he did on the phone to come up with a conclusion that it’s a battery issue when it’s not. By the way, did you try recharging the new battery? When you plug the charger in, can you see the usual charging icon? If not, then there is a possibility that the battery was just totally drained. Try plugging the phone to a computer or laptop to know if it charges fine.

#12. Menu button problem

Problem: I have a Galaxy S2 on Virgin Mobile. I have a problem where the menu button (and now the search button is starting this problem) will randomly fire. It comes and goes. Sometimes it’s to the point that I can’t do anything, and I just wait and watch the menu pop up, minimize, pop up, minimize, over and over. I have since redeemed my warranty and got a new galaxy s2, and the same problem emerged two days after I got it. It’s to the point where I can hardly use the phone because I can’t get anywhere on the screen before the menu button will start going crazy. I have tried reformatting the phone but no luck. Thank you! I read all your “samsung galaxy s2” problems, pages 1-3, and did not see this one listed. — Patricia

Solution: Okay, so the problem returned two days after you got the new replacement phone. That’s about the time you’re finished installing apps you previously had with your first Galaxy S2, right? Ma’am, I have reason to suspect this is an app-related issue, so try backing up all your data and doing factory reset. I am almost certain this will fix the problem.

#13. Apps cause freezing, phone hanging

Problem 1: Hello I have a galaxy s2 and I have several applications that do not load anymore. Facebook, slacker radio, csi to name a few. The app opens but when loadung the phone will freeze up and a non responding alert comes up. This has been going on about a week. Do you have any fixes or suggestions. Thank you.

Problem 2: Hi, it’s Vivek. I’m using Samsung Galaxy S2 since 2 years with no problem. But since month its hangs too much. Every time, I have restart it by pressing power button. I’m using stock Android 4.1.2. Help me out please. Thanks in advance, Android guy!

Solution: The immediate remedy to this problem is to uninstall or disable apps that freeze the phone. But I think there’s more problem than what you’ve discovered. So, I suggest you backup your data and do the hard reset. After that, install problematic apps one-by-one.

#14. Galaxy S2 overheated, won’t come on

Problem: Good Morning, my mother has a Samsung Galaxy S2 and yesterday the phone got extremely hot and shut down. I have taken out the battery and reinserted it but it still won’t come on. I plugged in 2 separate chargers to see if it will read, and it does not. I suggested to her to buy a new battery as the other one probably burnt up. Was that the correct solution, or is her phone shot? Thanks, Teresa.

Solution: Yes, that was the right advice. However, if the new battery still refuses to charge, then there’s a big possibility the circuit that holds the USB port is the problem. So, the phone still has to be checked by a technician. It’s too early to say if the phone would become just a paper weight but that’s a possibility depending on the magnitude of the overheating.

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Google Glass Chips Similar To Ones Found In 2011 Smartphone Discovered

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Early April, some of the specs of Google Glass were released by its developers. For a pair of glasses, the device amazingly had 16GB of flash memory, a high-res display, a 5MP camera, 802.11g and Bluetooth, plus an energy-efficient battery that could power the gadget for a full day. No word was spoken by Google though about the Google Glass chips for the memory and processor. But thanks to the efforts of Jay Lee, one of the developers of the product, the Google Glass chips powering up the processor and memory of the gadget came into light.

The Additional Features

According to Lee, some of the Google Glass chips are similar to the ones found in a 2011 smartphone. The operating system is Android 4.0.4, which can be modified easily by using the developer kits for the usual Android smartphones and tablets. We have also revealed in one of our articles today that Google Glass rooting employs the same method similar to gaining administrative controls over smartphones and tablets.

Among the other things that the developer dug out were a dual-core OMAP 4430 SoC from Texas Instruments. However, he is not sure yet how fast it runs. Then, it includes a 632MB RAM. But Lee said that the total amount could go up to 1GB with around 682MB of it allotted for developers.

The smartphone that is very similar to the Google Glass specs which were revealed is the Samsung Galaxy S II, according to our source. The obvious similarities between the two devices lie in their SoC and RAM .

Source: ArsTechnica

Samsung Galaxy S II To Receive Jelly Bean Next Month

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Just last week, Korean tech giant Samsung announced details dealing with the upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S II. Unfortunately, Samsung did not provide an exact release update for owners of the device.

Just today a Samsung spokesperson told CNET that the update for the Samsung Galaxy S II will be coming in the beginning of February in Singapore, with more markets to follow after. Unfortunately the update will not be pushed via OTA (Over the Air), as the update is very large. Samsung Kies will be the only option you have to upgrade the device to Jelly Bean.

As a refresher, Jelly Bean will bring Project Butter to the device, which will increase the overall performance of the devices. Jelly Bean will also bring Google’s Voice Search app, Google Now, to the device among a plethora of other features.

The Samsung Galaxy S II originally launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread two years ago in 2011. There’s no doubt Samsung has been taking good care of owners of the Samsung Galaxy S II, as they made sure to update it to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and now Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Much like the Samsung Galaxy S III’s success, the Galaxy S II has sold 40 million units.

We will make sure to keep everyone updated as to when we start seeing Samsung Galaxy S II devices receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In the meantime, there is a plethora of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROMs on the XDA Community forums.

source: GSM Arena

Samsung Galaxy S II Official Jelly Bean Update Details

Here’s good news for owners of Samsung Galaxy S II devices. It looks like Samsung is going to spread some official Jelly Bean love on these models as their Korean website announced details regarding an Android 4. 1 Jelly Bean update. Don’t get too excited yet though since this update seems to be targeted to the Korean version of the device but we’re sure an international version is coming soon.

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The latest Kies software is required when updating your device. It’s going to take at least an hour for the upgrade to finish since it’s a rather large file. Before you go about with this procedure make sure that you have backed up all of your important data (photos, documents, music,), contacts as well as settings so that you can easily access them in case something goes wrong.

During the update process your phone memory will be reformatted and an extra gigabyte will be needed by the system memory. This will leave you with 11 GB of free space.

Aside from all of the nice features of Jelly Bean which you will be able to use you will also have access to Samsung’s Smart Stay technology which uses your front camera to detect your face and uses this to turn your screen on or off.

Below is the full list of updates Android 4. 1 Jelly Bean will be bringing to the Samsung Galaxy S II

Platform upgrade Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich → Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

  • improved Home screens and improved scrolling performance
  • Improved usability for some applications

Preloaded applications

  • Add Help
  • Add Google+
  • Add +Talk
  • Add Play Book
  • Add Play Movie

Newly added/improved functions

  • Add Easy mode, Block mode
  • Improved Camera functions: function like Pause while recording and more
  • Add Smart Stay
  • New functions like Pop-up play and more
  • Improved some functions & applications usability

We will keep you posted once an international version will become available.

via samsung korea

Samsung Galaxy S II Receives New Update, Brings Android Version To 4.0.4

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Earlier this year in June the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II received the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Reports are now surfacing claiming that some users are getting their version promoted to Android 4.0.4. The LK3 update can be pulled from Kies, but some users are saying that it can be downloaded via OTA (Over The Air) as well. To do this, head into System Settings > About Phone > Check For Updates. After doing this, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II’s Android version will now be Android 4.0.4.

A change log wasn’t provided, and thus far no one has noticed any differences from the previous version, 4.0.3. Surely there is some sort of bug fix and maybe even a security update. Granted, we doubt that this is the promised Exynos patch that we reported on just yesterday. Albeit Samsung did mention they wanted to get this patch out as soon as possible. That said, it wouldn’t be surprising if this was the Exynos patch either. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a change log soon enough though.

Those who were hoping this was the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are in for a bit of wait, as we reported just the other day that the Galaxy S II and Note Jelly Bean update was looking at a delay until January 2013. Granted, we’ll have to see how long carriers will delay the update as well.

We’ll update this post if a change log surfaces.

Has anyone downloaded the update? Have you noticed a difference from Android 4.0.3? Make sure to let us know in the comments below.

source: XDA

Android 4.1.2 Update for the Galaxy S II and Note Could Be Delayed Until 2013

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Samsung has been pretty fair with its customers when it comes to rolling out updates. It was quick to upgrade the likes of the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note with Android 4.0 when the time arrived. And the same trend followed with Android 4.1 when the update was rolled out to the likes of the Galaxy S III merely months after the release of the OS update. However, 2011 Samsung flagships haven’t quite seen Jelly Bean yet. And now there’s some disturbing news coming for Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note owners. It is believed that the  Android 4.1.2 update has been delayed until 2013, contrary to reports which suggested that the update would arrive as early as last month. This news will certainly disappoint the owners of the two devices, unless of course they have a workaround to get Android 4.1 running on their device via custom ROMs.

So what exactly is causing the delay? Well, as we reported yesterday, devices running on Samsung’s Exynos 4210 and 4412 chipsets have been revealed to have a major security loophole which would give third party apps to access the device’s RAM and gather data and possibly even brick the device. So basically, Samsung wants to deal with this bug so as to fix it before rolling out the update to its older devices. This is a very commendable move as it shows Samsung does care about user privacy and doesn’t just provide updates just for the sake of it. There’s no word yet on when the fix would be in place, so it could take a few months now or probably sooner for the update to arrive. People who have been waiting for the official update, shouldn’t mind bearing with the company for another few days as they’ve already waited this long.

Let’s hope the update makes its way to these devices soon as they were at one point one of the top selling smartphones in the market. The bright side of course is that we know that the update will go live in 2013, which is only a couple of weeks from now. So basically, if Samsung makes up its mind, a fix can be rolled out by the beginning of January. Let’s hope that happens. As for existing Jelly Bean devices like the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, I guess Samsung will roll out an OTA to fix the said security flaw.

Source: Sam Mobile
Via: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II Jelly Bean update to roll out October, November

The latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is coming to Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, anytime this October. And at some point during the month of November, the same software upgrade is expected to roll out on Samsung Galaxy S II. The company, however, did not disclose an exact date as to when these software updates will transpire.

Reports about the Android Jelly Bean update for Samsung devices proliferate instantaneously upon the official release of Apple’s latest iPhone 5 device yesterday. But it has already been confirmed that Samsung has been testing the OS for its latest flagship smartphones Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III.

Update schedules for all recent Galaxy models are posted on the official Facebook pages of Samsung Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The tentative timelines contain identical lists, with information pertaining to the firmware updates on all available slates, Omnia W, some bada phones, as well as Galaxy S III, S II and S II LTE.

Relevant report from GSMArena also mentioned that Jelly Bean upgrade will likewise roll out on the Galaxy S Advance and Galaxy Ace 2 devices, which means skipping the Ice Cream Sandwich. While the website said it might take some more months before the update is finalized, more likely it will transpire before the year ends. So far, Samsung has not yet disclosed any statement pertaining to the Jelly Bean software upgrade for both the S Advance and Ace 2 devices.

The latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update features various enhancements, from user interface down to the smartphone’s accessibility. Among other updated features include voice search, better camera and flexible notifications.

Meanwhile, CNet quotes a statement from a Samsung representative talking about the Jelly Bean software update, which has been confirmed to the European market but not the US. According to the rep, the company needs to follow certain procedure when rolling out new software upgrades, which differ from region to region. But some experts say there is a pretty good chance that the update will become available in the US by 2013.

A lot of people find it odd for Samsung to announce that two of its innovative devices, particularly, the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S II would be acquiring Android 4.1 Jelly Bean very soon. It seems like Samsung really wants to share the spotlight with its tough rival, Apple Inc, with the iPhone 5 being officially released lately.

Sources: GSMArena | ThinkDigit

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Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Coming Soon

Contrary to previous reports that Samsung Galaxy S II will not be getting a bump to the latest Android version—Android 4.1 Jelly Bean—recent reports confirm the South Korean manufacturer’s plan to release an update “soon.” While majority of Android users today are still running on Gingerbread, Galaxy S2 was among the few devices released in 2011 upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Having a dual-core processor with 1GB RAM, GS2 runs on ICS smoothly and until the official Jelly Bean update would be released for this device, Android 4.0 is the best it could offer. There were some rumors a few months ago suggesting Samsung wouldn’t develop a JB update for it, but since it is one of the devices claimed by Apple to have infringed its patents, Samsung has to do anything to lessen the impact of the lawsuit.

Reports have it that Samsung is closely working with Google to fix things in its devices believed to be infringing some of Apple’s patents. Patches after patches are rolled out for various to address the issues and take away some features that violated Apple’s rights. It could have been true that Samsung wasn’t planning to release a JB update for this device but since it had to fix a few things in compliance to court’s order or to prevent further damages lawsuits might bring, it didn’t have a choice but release Android 4.1 update. After all, its 2011 flagship has enough specs to run JB smoothly.

For now, Samsung has not provided an ETA as to when the update would be made available for download but it could happen late September or early October. Jelly Bean is basically just an incremental upgrade from ICS but it comes with an entirely new list of features including Near Field Communication (NFC) which will be used for Android mobile payment system, redesigned keyboard, improved performance, bug fixes, etc.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update will be made available over-the-air and via KIES. The exact date of the roll out hasn’t been disclosed yet. For now, only 1.2% of the total Android users in the world are enjoying that latest Android version. Gingerbread is still the key player with 57.2% followed by Ice Cream Sandwich at 20.8% and Froyo at 14%. Some manufacturers already shared their plans to skip ICS and go straight to developing JB instead. A few others also said ICS is the best they could offer. But let’s wait and see what JB can offer to GS2.

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Samsung Releases Upgrade Guide For Galaxy S II Owners In Europe

I know, I know you want to know when Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T are going to get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for their Galaxy S II’s, well we don’t know just yet. We do know this though, the upgrades are starting to roll out for international versions of Samsung’s franchise phone of 2011.

Many international customers are beginning the upgrade process from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, on their Samsung Galaxy S II’s. In case you’re one of those customers and just aren’t sure how to do it, great news as Samsung has released an upgrade guide.

The upgrade guide is available as powerpoint slides or a pdf. It goes into fine detail about the upgrade procedure and then what you can expect out of Ice Cream Sandwich.

If you want to take a look at the pdf follow this link.

Source: Engadget via Phandroid

Samsung Posts Source Code For Android 4.0 For The Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung just recently started rolling out the Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich up date to some international Galaxy S II devices. Today they have added the source code for the Android 4.0 update to the Samsung Open Source Release Center.

In case you were wondering, this doesn’t mean you will be able to get the update to your phone before Samsung is good and ready, but it does mean that developers can start working on ROM’s that run on an Android 4.0 backbone on the Galaxy S II.

Samsung has not said when the 3 Galaxy S II devices on the major U.S. carriers will get the update, but we are sure the US will get it. Hopefully the update will be sooner rather than later.

To get the source code (If you are a developer) head over to this link, you will need the Galaxy S II’s official model number which is GT-I9100.

source: Phandroid

Some Samsung Galaxy S II Users To Get Ice Cream Sandwich March 15th

Everyone is looking for Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich for their Android powered smartphone. Samsung customers are screaming the loudest as ICS was introduced on a Samsung device (Galaxy Nexus). Well Samsung Mobile Israel has announced that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be available for Galaxy S II users in their country soon.

How soon? How about March 15th.  Not only should Israeli Samsung Galaxy S II users expect Ice Cream Sandwich on March 15th, but this isn’t a rumor it’s a statement from Samsung Mobile Israel directly.

“We promised we were working on it. You waited patiently. And on 15 March it’ll arrive: Android version 4, ICS, to tens of thousands of GALAXY S II devices purchased from cellular companies in the country or directly from us. We are very excited for the launch, hope you are too.”

The is still no word as to when U.S. customers will receive Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich for their version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. To complicate matters, each carrier will need to confirm their own date because they are all technically running different versions of the phone.

source: Phone Arena