Samsung Galaxy S II update to bring larger icons, OTA updates widget

Samsung Galaxy S II update to bring larger icons, OTA updates widget
UPDATE: It seems that the Big Home update is an optional layer to aid people of older age who can't see the smaller icons well. It also includes larger calendar and other widgets to help with readability.

Samsung is reportedly preparing a minor update for the Samsung Galaxy S II handset, that addresses some functionalities that we don't really see as pressing, but good to have nonetheless.

The Big Home update increases the icon size with 30%, making them larger on the already big 4.3" display, and easier to press. Thus you will have three big shortcut icons in the dock at the bottom of the screen, instead of four, and the main menu will be shrunk to a 3x3 grid now. 

This might very well have to do also with Apple's patent infringement lawsuits, and show the judges Samsung is taking measures to reduce any similarities on the software side of things.

Samsung is also adding a System Update widget to the list, which will display the current software version, and notify you of any updates available for the OS, its overlay or the native apps.

source: ETNews via SammyHub

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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. shotunz unregistered

oh my GOD!!!! the update makes it look more like an iphone.....

34. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

It is just an option for the elderly and those that can't see well... it won't be a mandatory setting... it's an option you can turn on and off.. chill. It's been out in Korea for a while. People need to not freak out and take every article as if it is 100% true. There is plenty of misleading and incorrect information out there. If you see something that is completely out of line from what you would expect, then it probably is.

50. Sam unregistered

is this true williardcw4? can you confirm this? i hope it only optional

35. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

You sound like the idiot, it seems like you never really liked android because this is just samsung that's changing their UI, no one else, yet you said im tired of android...? I personally don't like samsung, but i'm still a big fan of android. I don't care if you have your own opinion but please don't call people idiots for no reason.

36. Galaxys2...R

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

well said, android lead the way but I am a big fan of samsung and htc, sony ericsson aswell but their phones are more nicer looking and camera orientated than more hardcore like samsung and htc imo.

39. afasfafasfsaa unregistered

go launcher ex .... retard

46. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

@ dharaDUMB do have to post all large caps so annoying

44. mandkeee

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 27, 2009

I LOVE APPLE, ANDROID .....BUT I HATE SAMSUNG... STEVE JOBS SAID.." year of copycat???/ " yes..that is true....

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

This update makes it look less like an iPhone. It makes touchwiz pretty ugly too. People dont get a bigger screen to have it used all up with huge icons. They were already easy to press. I think Sammy is conceding too much to apple this time. They should have just done a redesign of touchwiz.

4. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ya… i gotta say it looks pretty bad… even if they were trying to evade apple, im sure they could have thought of a better way than this..

15. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Doesnt bada look like this?

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no, bada is touchwiz, it looks just like regular touchiz. SGS2, now for those that cant see.. lol. i gotta agree, thats kinda umm... ugly. woulda rather they shrank them and went with a 5 row screen instead of a 3.

41. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

I agree, 5x5 grid would be cool, remix

38. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

do u think i like bada? i greatly detest it..

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

And it could be a small one

3. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

YUCK NO THANKS. Better not be doing this s**tty update to the Nexus Prime.

12. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

By definition there won't be any TouchWiz on a Nexus phone. The "pure Google experience" is what makes it a Nexus.

5. hari120

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

its looking ugly coz of those fonts

6. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

terrible update for a Fantastic phone, I wonder if they'll allow people to keep the old style or not.

7. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Terrible update. Hope it don´t happens.

8. Galaxys2...R

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

that is the foulest thing i have seen, it even looks bad on the wave. I much like the 4 row icons 3 row is just awful, i like the way my sgs2 is now and dont want it changed to this ugly rubbish

9. hm... unregistered

Worst update of all times (and all OS). Who s mad enought to keep the new interface?

10. Smith unregistered

Hello guys! This UI IS optional! And it may be great for older people.

11. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Getting close to "tile" status. Lolzzz! This was the first thing that caught my eye in wp7, large tiles for easy viewing and tapping. Plus they're live! Looks like most posts so far indicate the love for little dead widgets. Lolzzz!!!!!

13. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

@lubba...Too funny! I was thinking the same thing...Samsung wants Tiles it seems, so they are going to slowly acclimate their Android users by increasing the icon size. This is hilarious! All of the outrage by the SGSII users - does it mean that they will start throwing out their devices? Just really funny....

18. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Sorry i meant to thumbs up but accidentally tapped the wrong one my HD7 mangofied phone. Agree it is funny the outrage.

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yeah, but didn't Sammy complete a licensing deal with MS? If Sammy's Android UI starts looking more like WP7, they should be on firmer ground if they did in fact close a licensing deal with MS.

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Aren't titles and widgets nearly the same thing?

14. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

the dock isn't so bad but the 3x3 grid of the homescreen is an area of some concern because that won't be able to accommodate ALOT of widgets from the Market.

17. Smart

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I might be completely wrong here but very few users will like to go for this update if its optional......I for one am sicking to my old 4*4 grid........

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