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Samsung Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) – What Happened So Far

by Mihai Matei on February 28, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean – “To Know Your Future You Must Know Your Past”


The Samsung Galaxy S2 is the most successful Android device of year 2011, reason why Samsung has decided many months ago that the gadget in question should receive the Android 4.1 update. It’s been a long time since the first reports regarding Jelly Bean on the Samsung Galaxy S2 have surfaced on the blogosphere but thankfully the wait is about to reach an end for most Galaxy S2 owners out there.

Nonetheless, whether you’ve already updated your Galaxy S2 or not, you might be interested in a history lesson that concerns this particular release. It’s a good idea to look back sometime in order to catch a glimpse of the future. After all, history can oftentimes repeat itself.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) - What Happened So Far

Samsung Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) – What Happened So Far

Samsung Galaxy S2 and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)

Believe it or not, it all started back in July 2012 when the first rumors regarding the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S2 have initially surfaced on the web. At that time it was rumored that both the S2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 would receive the update within the August-September 2012 time frame. Needless to say, this timeslot has been way off, at least for the S2.

A few weeks after the first batch of rumors, additional reports about a Q4 Samsung Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean release date have surfaced. We then got word that the latest Android iteration for the S2 is under heavy testing and that the files might hit the waves sometime in September-October, but said time-frame didn’t stick either so, eventually, in mid-September Samsung Denmark announced that the international Galaxy S2 model will receive Jelly Bean in November. Obviously it didn’t happen and after this particular bit of information got released we had about two months of silence and darkness.

December came and an Android 4.1.2 test firmware for the OG Note has been released, alongside bits of news claiming that work was almost finished on the Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean update. Shortly after that, Samsung released the JB source code for the SGS2, hinting towards an impending roll-out, but we got our hopes up for nothing and in mid-December we’ve advised you not to expect a 2012 release, despite all those promising leaks and rumors.


Fast forward until late-January and here it was: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in all its glory finally arrived on the international Samsung Galaxy S2, in Spain, followed by the Korean model and then the TI OMAP-powered international variant and the Bell model of the Samsung Galaxy S2.

A long time has passed folks and you guys had a lot of patience. Although not every Galaxy S2 model out there got its fair share of Android 4.1 just yet, the roll-out has begun and this story is about to come to an end. Let’s just hope that Samsung won’t drag their feet and that the rest of the world will get this highly anticipated update ASAP.

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