Samsung starts updating the Samsung Galaxy S II to Android 4.1.2
Pop-up Play and Smart Stay. The former allows you to multitask while watching video, while the latter keeps the screen from going to sleep while you stay awake by monitoring your eyes with the front-facing camera. Besides the features, new widgets are coming over from the Samsung Galaxy S III. And the new notification screen lets you take action directly from the notification itself. Return calls, emails and more, without having to leave the notification page.
The update is going out OTA, but if your country has yet to receive the update, or you want to try to get it early using the manual process, you can connect your device to your PC and try to pull it out out of Samsung Kies. At one time the Samsung Galaxy S II was the most feature-rich Android handset. Even though it has overshadowed by its successor, this update will make the handset chock full of the latest and greatest features once again.
source: SamMobile via DailyMobile
Android 4.1.2 update for Samsung Galaxy S II
1. Carlitos (Posts: 321; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
I really have to give Samsung props for supporting their devices, with many of the new featres the current new devices have! Im glad i picked the Galaxy Note 2.
20. JGuinan007 (Posts: 633; Member since: 19 May 2011)
on't get your hopes up too high they have yet to do anything for the galaxy note I717
29. yowanvista (Posts: 304; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Nobody told you to buy those bloated locked carrier crap devices. Just get an international LTE device like the rest of the world. Blame your freaking bs U.S carriers for their xyz phone variants. They're feel too special with their non-standard LTE frequencies so they use their own nonsensical devices which will obviously left behind when it comes to updates.
28. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
the galaxy s2 is still one of the best or wait....it is the best 4.3" phone out there.
2. imkyle (Posts: 983; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
This is how you market the hell out of your products Sammy. Good job.
3. ghostkilla1388 (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
Will the boost model get this update? My friend just got his S2 on boost mobile and loves it expect the older 4.0 android, vs my galaxy note 2.
5. BREvenson (Posts: 206; Member since: 17 May 2012)
That will depend on how Samsung wants to do it; the Boost Mobile model (as well as the Virgin Mobile model) are the SPH-D710, the Epig 4G Touch. Similar to the I9100G, though using slightly different hardware.
Knowing Samsung (and seeing how the Galaxy S II is getting the update "in phases") I'd think that all S II versions will get this update. It would sure keep every user happy that they can keep up with some of the best phones currently on the market.
12. true1984 (Posts: 589; Member since: 23 May 2012)
Actually, the was the only US version of the GSII to use the exynos. the others used the snapdragon s3
14. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4006; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
AT&T had 2 models on the GS2, one had the Exynos and HSPA+ and one had the Snapdragon and LTE, which was called the GS2 Skyrocket. Only AT&T and Sprint had the Exynos versions, not just Sprint.
17. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2969; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Very true, the SGS2 on AT&T was not only the closest looking one to the GSM unlocked version but it also included the exynos processor just like Sprint's Epic Touch.(still think it was a dumb name) Thank god they dont use those names anymore on the later devices.
27. BREvenson (Posts: 206; Member since: 17 May 2012)
True, I did overlook the fact that they don't all use the same processors, due to hardware/radio constraints.
I still hold confidence that all versions of the S II will get their JB upgrades.
32. dcegi (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
You probably already know this but they have it. I just upgraded mine on Kies.
6. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
This is why Samsung is gonna stay the top Android manufacturer. Not only are they updating their last flagship, which most Android OEMs don't, they're giving it the FULL update, allowing it do everything the current flagship can, unlike a certain company which only give stripped down updates to get people to buy the latest device *cough*Apple*cough*. No No, Samsung entices you with awesome new hardware you can't resist, not features they conveniently left out, forcing you to upgrade.
Only downside, it take a friggin long time for the update to roll out...In Singapore, it took almost 2 months for the 4.1.2 update to hit our shores, but this of course isn't a problem for those willing to flash the latest instead of waiting.
8. MistB (Posts: 571; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
The S3 will be getting key lime pie too, when though remains a mystery especially when the S4 will be the new darling of the family.
9. Meleagru (Posts: 84; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)
The galaxy s2 can now claim it's superior to the latest iPhone.
11. darkkjedii (Posts: 11171; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
That's shows how much u love the iPhone. This article wasn't even about it yet u had to show the love.
10. Valdomero (Posts: 121; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
I recently updated my phone using the official Spain release and it rendered my phone useless (couldn't detect ANY sim card).
It didn't matter If I donwgraded, or upgraded, after that "update" my phone couldn't get cellular data.
I don't know what I did wrong, I read like 6 sites with walkthroughs about doing this, and was very carefull reading every single step and following them very closely.
I even rooted the phone and tried to unlock it with an app, and nothing...
Finally I had to sell it, my advice, don't try to update it via this method until you're 120% sure you won't f*ck up your phone. I didn't have much luck. Now I'm using a LG L3 until the S4 arrives... :(
26. half_21 (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)
Lol..don't blame the update, blame urself for not doing it right...i myself flash the spain release and now im having the jellybean goodness on my gs2.. Just 4 simple steps to update...i didn't even backed up my phone..and now im thinking of having my phone last for another 8-10months before i buy a new one...^^ it does the work i needed it to do so there's really no rush for me in buying a new one..
16. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2969; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
You gotta hand it to Samsung, still updated decides that are nearly 2 years old and believe me, the SGS2 with it's exynos processor is still a powerhouse, even more so now that it has JB.
If they release this update to the carrier and prepaid carrier SGS2s, I just might have to go prepaid and get the SGS2 on Virgin Mobile.
18. Tsoliades (Posts: 211; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
Don't do that lol
Get a Nexus 4 and go prepaid on T-Mo. Sprint/Virgin's network sucks.
19. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2969; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Get a Nexus 4, there's something that is difficult to do, lol.
And trust me, I know they suck but sadly there is no T-Mobile service in my area. They have 4G the city next to me a few miles away but nothing here lol
22. Tsoliades (Posts: 211; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
Oh, man. That's a shame.
You could still do Straight Talk, which I'm pretty sure is even cheaper. There's a multitude of cheap, no contract options for the Nexus 4 (which is actually in stock now).
24. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)
Please tell me that this will also be coming to the Epic 4G Touch, not just the international model. I need something to fix the train wreck that was the ICS upgrade...
25. skymitch89 (Posts: 1058; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
I'm just hoping that the Sprint variant will get updated. I've gotta give it to Samsung, after failing to update their GS1 (specifically the US variants) for almost 2yrs, they're actually continually updating their device now. I just upgraded from the Eve Shift to the Epic Touch and am really happy with ICS, but really cannot wait to get JB especially because of Project Butter and Google Now. That's not to mention Nature UX.
30. davenycept (Posts: 172; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
When will it be available on t-mobile? I checked kies
31. rebellace66 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)
i despise the ICS 4.0.4 update to my at&t galaxy s2 model I777. Its glitchy and causes freezing and automatic powering off. Ongoing issue. AT&T says samsung as of 1/29/13 plans on issuing an update to correct issue, Samsung says nothing in the works. I just got off of the phone with Samsung again and finally I asked them when Jelly Bean would be released for this device and if the "fix" would be included in the update. The response was that samsung has no plans according to their systems to update the I777 to Jelly Bean. I'm devastated. I'm stuck with a phone that is now crazy and about 7 months old. Samsung says I can send my device in so they can take a look at it, which means I can be without a phone for about 2 weeks minimum or contact AT&T. AT&T states I can buy a new phone outright, do a warranty exchange to the same device (which could also have the same issues) or contact Samsung. Getting very tired of going around in circles.