Are you still rocking the good ol’ Samsung Galaxy S2? Well, in all fairness the gadget is only one year old which doesn’t sound like it was launched too long ago, but you know how fast the mobile market moves forward, and with the arrival of the Galaxy S3, the S2 had to turn in its crown and settle with being a very good mid-ranged device.
Nevertheless, if you happen to own a Galaxy S2 then you’re most likely waiting for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to arrive, and if that’s the case then join us after the break as we’re going to talk a bit more about what Galaxy S2 owners can expect in the near(ish) future.
Samsung Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)
In mid-September we’ve been informed by Samsung Denmark that the Galaxy S2 should receive Jelly Bean in November. However, this particular timeslot might not affect every S2 owner out there and nothing is yet set in stone concerning a November release in the first place.
As far as Android 4.1 in Canada goes, at the end of October TELUS has published an upgrade schedule in which the Galaxy S2 X made an appearance alongside a late-December Jelly Bean release time-frame, and now it looks like Rogers is next in line to deliver similar news.
According to Rogers’ upgrade schedule, its Samsung Galaxy S2 model should also receive Android 4.1 sometime late-December, but once again nothing is yet set in stone and a disclaimer indicating that “release dates are subject to change” is still present, as expected.
Now what does this confirmation mean for the rest of the world ? Well, as you most certainly know, North American carriers are usually the last ones to release Android updates (the laziest one being probably Verizon – they call it quality assurance). So, if this late December time-frame sticks, we would say that the European Galaxy S2 owners will probably receive the update in late November/early December. What about our US-based friends ? Well, some will probably receive it in mid/late December while others, unfortunately, will have to wait for an early 2013 Samsung Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean roll-out.
As to what goodies we can expect from this update, we’ve got word that Samsung is planning on launching Android 4.1.2 on their flagship phone by the end of the year, but they might not stop there and the original Note might also make the jump to the same OS version, bringing along the new Nature UX interface and the awesome Multi Window feature.
There’s no official word on whether or not the Galaxy S2 will benefit from the same treatment, but we’re really hoping that once this particular gadget receives its fair share of Jelly Bean, it will do so through version 4.1.2. A new TouchWiz interface, a few extra features on the side and a notable increase in performance might bring the Galaxy S2 under the spotlight once again, at least for a brief period of time. It would definitely be an even more appealing mid-range device, without a doubt.
In any case, we’ll keep you posted so stay tuned.
Thanks Mobile Syrup for the heads-up regarding the Samsung Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean at Rogers.