Samsung Galaxy S II update to Android Jelly Bean starts rolling out

Samsung Galaxy S II update to Android Jelly Bean starts rolling out
The Samsung Galaxy S II, the 4.3-inch Android flagship that launched in 2011, has started receiving the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.

The update has started arriving to the GT-I9100P model of the Galaxy S II, based on the Samsung Exynos 4210. Earlier, in March, Samsung started updating the GT-I9100G version of the S II, the one with a Texas Instruments chip.

And it is a massive update, one of the biggest we’ve seen. The Samsung Galaxy S II launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and now is getting updated to the brand new Nature UX, the same used in the Galaxy S III.

You can get the update either over the air or via Samsung Kies. Here is a quick list of the new features:

- Buttery Smooth Performance & Great Stability (Thanks to Project Butter)
- Full User Interface Revamp (Same UI as of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II)
- TouchWiz Nature UX
- Samsung’s S Cloud services
- Improved Camera features
- New Lockscreen With Many Customization Options
- New Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
- New Widgets (From Galaxy S III)
- 2 Home screen modes
- New Notification bar With More Notification Toggles
- Google Now

Official Firmware Details:
Android Version: 4.1.2 – Build JZO54K

source: SamMobile

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Galaxy S II
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)



1. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Yay... Samsung is doing a marvelous job in updating its old phones... kudos to them

9. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

The same time as LG updated their Optimus G. LG ****!

24. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Lol manufacturers are starting to realize updates matter.

17. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Apple seems better to me in updates. It still give update to its 4 years old iPhone 3gs.

21. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Ummm. Why is it still counted as an upgrade when you retake out some of the new features? No shared Photo Streams. No VIP and Flagged lists enhancements to Mail No offline Reading List No 3D maps and turn by turn directions. That's like getting the Jelly Bean Update without project butter.

23. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Apple does technically give out more updates, but to be fair Samsung actually gives out *full* updates. Apple pulls more features from each major update the further back the generation, so only the new iPhone, iPod, and iPad get the full update.

18. garz_pa

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

No, they don't. Only their flagships get regular updates. Their old phones get updates half a year later, when Android has moved up another number.

2. bojan

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

cool for the people who have the s2. i have a note 2

3. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

great!!! ill update my mom's s2 :) thank u samsung, ur d best!

11. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Lol.. Same here... I'm also going to update my mom's s2... Excited!!

4. aveaphane unregistered

it took them ages to update-most of us have just forgot about the update

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

:Do you see any other OEMs updating phones from 2011 to JB with a newer UI? Point proven.

12. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

Only samsung does that. I hope sony would be like this. My xperia sola wont have jellybean


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Exactly what PapaSmurf said. Couldn't have said it better myself.

5. tomn1ce

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Cool....I can't wait until they bring the update to the GS2-t989 on tmobile...

6. johnriii

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Just another way for Samsung to stay relevant. take notes, HTC and others.

8. Yaldo_27

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Owh, Samsung did it? That's cute.. -Apple-

10. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Samsung released their Jellybean update for the epic 4g touch, on Sprint, starting on the first of the month. It's only available for manual download, not OTA, so you'll need to download it from Samsung's website or head to a Sprint store... Plenty of folks still have the device and this is certainly a nice gesture from Samsung

13. trekjock

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I've tried updating on my computer using 'Kies', and on the 'software update'. both say there are no updates available! I'm in the UK, on O2 and the phone is the GT-I9100P version. Why won't it update? I've been waiting for this for the last 12 months....I understand it will cure the wifi start-up freeze problem I keep getting..

14. phobia09

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I'm sure it's a rollout and you may have to wait a little bit before it's available to you.

32. trekjock

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

It is apparently. They say that the NFC version still hasn't been released yet.

15. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Why this news is coming now on PA? I think jelly bean started rolling out in phases in countries one after the other in Jan. See the link--​rolls-out-android-4-1-2-jelly-bean-update-to-the-g​alaxy-s-ii/

16. TheBitterTruth unregistered

No offense but Apple updated its 4 year old iPhone 3gs to ios 6.1.2 :) Its better than all. Even SII will not get Android 5.0

22. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

How hard is it to update a phone when you have taken some of the updates from the new version?


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

The truth is: Apple just sent him a replacement cable, you know, the one with the new connector so he could think he's on i-sLOW-s (Ssshhhhh.... don't tell him)

28. TheBitterTruth unregistered

I am a Nokia user.

26. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The 3GS launched with iOS 3, and was updated to iOS 4, 5, and 6. iOS 6 is the last major update it will get. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S2 launched with 2.3, and was updated to 4.0, 4.1, and will be updated to 4.2 which will be its last update. Wow, you see, the GS2 will get 3 major OS updates, the same as the 3GS. Not only that, but Samsung doesn't have to pull out features from the update to make it run better, because with the 4.1 update the GS2 actually runs SMOOTHER. The 3GS lags all the time and crashes in apps 80% of the time on iOS 6, while the GS2 is running better than ever on Android 4.1, and will still run that smooth on 4.2. iOS might get faster updates, but Android gets FULL updates. Also, Android devices get faster with updates; iOS devices get barely usable after 2 or 3.

29. TheBitterTruth unregistered

No hate for any one of them.

20. pept68

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Your funny!! the 3gs got 6.12... Truth is, it sucks now more than ever!!! Should of stopped at 5... at least it wouldn't be dog slow and i would still have google maps. Look!!! i got iOS6, but i don't have siri apple maps vip email etc... But i have iOS6!! look at me. At least an android regardless of version, is a fully featured phone. Unlike iOS full, IOS Lite and iOS neutered. ipad mini has same internals as an ipad2 but no siri for the ipad but the mini gets it and some how they are both on 6?? Your fragmentation argument is both weak and silly.

27. arqjav

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 29, 2009

I had this update for about a month now and is not that great my phone lags every time sometimes it freezes when I exit an application, the new features in Jelly Bean like 360 panorama view is not included,my battery last a lotless than with ICS.The update of swype doesn't let my save new words,the rest of the updates does work great.

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