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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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posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:08 14

1. nebula (Posts: 934; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)

It was probably the greatest smartphone at the time.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:14

2. Wiencon (Posts: 2023; Member since: 06 Aug 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

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:21 3

5. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

S2 was awesome.

I just really wish Samsung can make touchwiz lag less

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:23 15

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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


posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:41 4

11. Podrick (Posts: 1142; Member since: 19 Aug 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.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 16:19 1

21. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 429; Member since: 16 Jun 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.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 08:35

25. defcomk (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)

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

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:38 7

9. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

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

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 13:06

15. Ruturaj (Posts: 1483; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

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

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:16 4

3. aegislash (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Jan 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.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:17 4

4. JesseJames (Posts: 190; Member since: 22 Feb 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.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:32 1

7. Podrick (Posts: 1142; Member since: 19 Aug 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.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:37

8. .KRATOS. (Posts: 386; Member since: 15 Mar 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

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:40 1

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.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 12:04

12. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

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

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 12:15

13. tgom222 (Posts: 30; Member since: 08 Jul 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,

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 13:13

16. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 356; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)

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

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 13:23

17. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 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

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 13:28

18. SirYar (Posts: 351; Member since: 02 Jul 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.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 14:38

19. Rocket (Posts: 443; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

time to upgrade my two galaxies :)

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 18:05

22. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 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.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 18:13

23. Cyberchum (Posts: 753; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 19:07

24. catze86 (Posts: 731; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)

When will my Siemens S75 got Marsmallow update?

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