The Samsung Galaxy S II
(GT-I9100G) was at one time, the flagship Android phone
. As the largest selling Android device in 2011, it still has a large number of users including new buyers who can pick up the phone cheaply from certain pre-paid carriers. Android 4.1.2 is being sent to the Samsung Galaxy S II in phases, which means it might not hit your country or carrier immediately, but be patient as the update will arrive. The new update changes the interface to the Nature UX, which is the one used on the Samsung Galaxy S III
. Owners of the older phone are going to feel that they have a whole new handset after installing the update.
The update makes the Samsung Galaxy II feel like a new phone
The new software version is JZO54K and it brings with the usual Jelly Bean features such as smooth scrolling Project Butter and Google Now. The latter sends out information you need like traffic reports, stock quotes, sports scores and the weather at the time that you need it. The update also improves the camera functions on the phone, and adds a new lock screen with customizable options. The update also brings a few features from the Samsung Galaxy S III like 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.
Android 4.1.2 update for Samsung Galaxy S II