The five-year-old Samsung Galaxy S2 gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow through CM13 nightlies

The five-year-old Samsung Galaxy S2 gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow through CM13 nightlies
The term 'old' is thrown around liberally at a time when smartphones are treated to a paltry one-year life cycle. Essentially, it doesn't take long for the hottest property in tech to become old news -- the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are now precisely that as we look ahead to the seventh-coming at Unpacked later this month. But the Galaxy S2 S II? Now that's a relic, and one that, believe it or not, is half a decade young. What's perhaps even more astonishing is that with a helping hand from CyanogenMod, it can run the latest flavor of Android.

Whether you're a Samsung fan or not, it's hard to deny that the Galaxy S II was, and remains today, a classic. It was the device that really threw down the gauntlet to Apple's iPhone, and helped establish Samsung as a dominant player in the mobile game. 

A dual-core processor with one-gig of RAM might sound like chickenfeed in today's world, but back then, the S II's hardware ensemble was quite a big deal. Indeed, it's thanks to such power that it's still capable of running Android 6.0 Marshmallow by virtue of the latest CyanogenMod 13. 

CM13 nighties for the international variant of the S II (i9100) permit users to taste that sweet Marshmallow on their antiquated device. It's not going to be as slick as one might find on a newer, officially-supported Marshmallow device, since along with the S II's age, nightly builds can often be hit-and-miss. 

Nonetheless, it's great to see the S II enjoying something of a mini-renaissance, and if you do still have the old timer knocking about, be sure to give the nightly builds a peek by hitting the source link. 

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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



24. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

When will my Siemens S75 got Marsmallow update?

23. Cyberchum

Posts: 1148; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It will probably fare better than it did on lollipop. Marshmallow at 6.0.1 is better – all round – than lollipop ever was.

22. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well huh, now that is quite interesting, I wonder what the performance is like, running is one thing, but a lot of apps even internet browsers of late can be quite heavy. In terms of day to day performance though, might actually not be that bad, browsing listening to music and such might be fully within its reach, only thing it might really be behind is gaming.

19. Rocket

Posts: 747; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

time to upgrade my two galaxies :)

18. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I still have my first my S2, my first Android phone, and it's working just fine. I dropped it countless times. Dount any " premium " glass phones nowdays (ahem S6) would take such a beating.

17. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Always buy a phone that has plenty of ROM community support and you'll never be sorry....I'm still rocking the Note 2

16. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

So, are there any screenshots or video of this device running 6.0 or nah?

13. tgom222

Posts: 35; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

I use my old Galaxy S3 with CM13 nightlies as podcast player with no sim. It actually runs really well. Stock Marshmallow is so much smoother than Kit Kat Touchwiz,

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Perfect example of the advantage of having the OS be both Carrier and Manufacturer independent. Well done Cyanogen.


Posts: 444; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Damn it was a great phone then I had it since last year when the board burnt down n didn't find any replace to it so I got the s6, but I guess the s2 will get the marshmallow update before the s6 does hahaha

10. TyrionLannister unregistered

S6 already got mashmallow in Korea on Jan 30th. It shouldn't take more than a week to roll out to other variants. Of course if you're in US, good luck getting it this year.

7. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

The 1st smartphone I owned. Previously only had dumbphones. Just amazing. Still Samsung have not make a true succesor to S2 imo. Don't get me wrong, there have been great S series and all Note series are awesome too but none got me as excited as S2.

4. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Impressive but not as impressive as the htc hd 2 which got its marshmallow port back in december. The hd 2 is, pound for pound, the greatest smartphone of all time.

3. aegislash

Posts: 1541; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Back then, each Galaxy had slight design differences on each carrier, correct? Anyways the S2 was an amazing device. I remember getting mine and thinking 'Wow! The screen is gigantic!' Fast forward to today and when I hold my S2, it feels like a baby compared to today's beasts.

1. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It was probably the greatest smartphone at the time.

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I had Optimus 3D at the time and S2 kicked it's ass with the camera. Other than that I found LG on par with S2, but I remember how jealous I was when my brother got S2 :3

5. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

S2 was awesome. I just really wish Samsung can make touchwiz lag less

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

How do you already have an up vote if you just commented a minute ago? Lol. #secondaccount

11. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Now he's going to say you're another account of Ordinary. Oh wait, he said the same to me too! Am I talking to my alter ego? Lol.

21. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 734; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

There is a bug in phonearena's website: When you published a comment you can upvote it with your smartphone even though you are logged into your account with your smartphone. I recognized this a couple of days ago. To proof myself right, I just upvoted my comment with my smartphone (iPhone6) in Safari.

25. defcomk

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

me too i made a bad choice the 3D got me well for a few days that is

9. TyrionLannister unregistered

Then Samsung took a huge dump on it's user base with the laggy S3.

15. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Wanted to buy that one, awesome phone, but did not have enough money that time.

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