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

Related phones

Galaxy S II
  • Display 4.3 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2



54. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

This update isn't for the masses so of course lots of people are not going to like. It's for those who want a smartphone but cant read the small print or make out the small icons. This is just another way that Sammy is working to get their phone in everyone's hands. In dealing with older customers who regularly complain about the small print on phones, I think this is a boost for android in general..

53. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Maybe this is just Samsung shining people on... kinda like saying, "Oh, we look like iPhone? You people must be visually impaired. Let us help you out..."

52. yuck!! unregistered


51. Sam unregistered

I hope this is only optional. we have to wait until official announcement from samsung. we don't have to believe 100% in speculation

48. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

A little change and the fanboys go crazy. Tisk tisk...

43. jay unregistered

i dont really understand why people are so fussed about this update, coz there are apps on android market you can download for free and even customise how many columns and/or rows you wanna have, not to mention cool themes! :-D. My fav is GO Launcher stuff. Dont panic peeps :-)

40. warlockz unregistered

If you read it and digest the information its merely an added option which is good for those who can utlize it other than that nothing else changed. Bravo Samsung for thinking of our respected "old people"

45. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Hopefully, Samsung will be more selective with their 'wording' when they release it widespread. Older people? (as Phone Arena's intelligent and brilliant staff puts it). Are their not teens and/or young adults who are visually impaired (i.e. who wear glasses and/or contact lenses)? My parents have 20/20 vision and do not need glasses to see or read with clarity!

33. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

am sure this is going to be just another option lol it better be otherwise ill just stick to my current firmware

31. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

Larger icons?! Wow... make touchwiz look even more like one of those fake "toddler" v-tech kids phone now LOL

30. Jacng7227

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

root your phone and put cyanogenmod 7... no need for samsung to eat apple assH*ole

28. Rad unregistered

Guys.. This is OPTIONAL function for OLD PEOPLE who have problem reading small text and icons. Already released in Korean about month ago. Misleading articles indeed.

29. radukr

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 09, 2011 Samsung Electronics said they started releasing software update that includes 'Big text home', 'System update widget' for Galaxy S2 from Late August. The noticeable function on this update is 'Big text home', while user spectrum have expend to middle age, old age who might suffer using smartphone, added 130% larger icon than normal one for them. Also Favorite person, Favorite application, Big sized calendar, those large sized widget are added which middle age, old age people using frequently to meet their satisfaction.

37. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Thanks, radukr, for pointing that out, we've updated the article...

47. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Eventually you'll get old yourself and the same goes for android. No one stays young forever kid.

27. androidsbiggestfan

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Samsung want to make the icons big because they don't have hardly any great widgets, HTC widgets are awesome, get on the ball Samsung!

26. elite monkey

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

why dont samsung sue apple and say the original iphone 4 was a copy of the original galxy s

22. sam unregistered

This look very ugly. i dont want big icon..this make the screen look small. As an owner of sgs2 i strongly against this silly update. please hear us samsung before you turn already beautifull phone into UGLY BIG ICON !!!

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

While you can, save your launcher.apk for using in case this happens

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Hope that the homescreen its optional and users have both, also wasn't the only broken parent related with the bounce effect on the galery app?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Hopefully they will update it to ICS and leave it at full stock.

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........

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.

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?

10. Smith unregistered

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

9. hm... unregistered

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

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