The five-year-old Samsung Galaxy S2 gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow through CM13 nightlies
posted by Ben R. / Feb 05, 2016, 11:06 AM
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.
- 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)
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It was probably the greatest smartphone at the time.
posted on Feb 05, 2016, 11:08 AM 14
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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 Feb 05, 2016, 11:14 AM 0
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posted on Feb 05, 2016, 4:19 PM 1
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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 Feb 05, 2016, 11:16 AM 4
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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 Feb 05, 2016, 11:32 AM 1
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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 Feb 05, 2016, 11:37 AM 0
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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 Feb 05, 2016, 6:05 PM 0
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