The Samsung Galaxy S II which is turning 2 years old might be dated but that’s not stopping it from getting the latest updates. Earlier on, the Exynos based Galaxy S II (9100 non-G model) has received its Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update but those owning the TI-based 9100G model had to wait a little longer.
Samsung hasn’t forgotten the Galaxy S II 9100G owners and they have been reported to start rolling out Android 4.1.2 updates to these models as well. According to Sammobile, the new update brings a host of new improvements including a smoother UI experience and revamped skin similar to the latest Galaxy S III and Note II. So far there’s no exact roll out dates by countries but we suggest 9100G owners to check for updates now or in the next couple of weeks.
You can check out the features in the walk through video here.
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Here’s another reason why you should still hang on to your Galaxy S II. Even though the device first made its debut
two years ago last year, the once cutting-edge Galaxy S II will get one of Android’s latest OS, the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 and all of its delicious awesomeness including Project Butter to improve graphics performance, a new and improved TouchWiz UI, Direct Call, AllShare Play, improved notification bar, Google Now, S-Cloud and — wait for it — Pop Up Play!
And it looks like the update is coming soon, if this leaked preview version is anything to go by. The best part is, if you’re familiar with rooting, you get this test firmware running on your Galaxy S II in a jiff. If you’re not a regular rooter but would still like to give the 4.1.2 version a go, we wouldn’t stop you but we would caution that there be perils in your journey, so be absolutely sure that you know the risks involve. Also, with any unfinished firmware, be ready to encounter bugs. Some could be minor while other could be as nasty as hell, so just be prepared for the worst and as always, backup your device.
Having said that, users already on the leaked firmware say that it is pretty stable and good enough for daily use — that’s encouraging. Also, rooting is not that difficult actually once you get the hang of it. It is actually one of the joys of owning and Android device. You should try it at least once (disclaimer: we are in no way responsible if while attempting to root, you loose your data or brick your device, so please be very careful ok.)
Get the ROM here. Enjoy.
Samsung has started rolling out its latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III beginning with users in Poland. The update is expected to be released gradually by markets and Malaysian users should be getting the update soon. Along with the OS update, Samsung has improved some of its Samsung specific features such as an improved Pop-up play, new Easy Mode and Blocking Mode.
Samsung has also released a full list of other devices that will be upgraded to Jelly Bean, which includes:
Galaxy S II
Galaxy S Advance
Galaxy S II LTE
Galaxy Ace 2
Galaxy Ace Plus
Galaxy Mini 2
Galaxy S Duos
Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Galaxy Note 10.1
There’s no timeline for the above mention devices but hopefully they will get them soon within this year.
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