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.