by Chris Smith, 4 months ago
While we expected the Galaxy S2 to be upgraded to Jelly Bean at some point last year, that hasn’t happened. To get things out of the way we’ll tell you right from the start of…
People can’t be too happy with Samsung’s software updating “efforts” since the still very popular Galaxy S2 was supposed to get the Jelly Bean bump back in November 2012 and ended up being left to ICS dust until now, but at long last things are moving forward.
According to Sam Mobile, the Android 4.1.2 upgrade is being pushed out to international versions of the GS2 as we speak, starting with devices in Spain. Though we were expecting the new software package to be made available only via Kies, numerous users are reporting they’re able to pull the update OTA (over-the-air) as well, which is always good news.
Even better news is the massive changelog, which might just make this the biggest update ever to hit an Android device. As you probably know, the S2 came out with good old 2.3 Gingerbread on board, being later bumped to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
However, the ICS leap didn’t tweak the original UI, leaving it all to Jelly Bean. That said, expect a drastic makeover of your GS2 now, starting with the welcomed addition of the TouchWiz Nature UX that brings this oldie on-par with the S3 and Note 2 goldies.
Besides the interface revamp, the already traditional Project Butter enhancements should up the phone’s performance a notch or two, not to mention all those new features that’ll be added like Google Now, Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play.
On top of it all, you’ll get some new previously GS3-exclusive widgets, a new lockscreen with customization options, an overhauled notification bar and two home screen modes. The entire upgrade should rip you off of around 1 GB of storage, but trust us, it’s worth every effort or sacrifice, so don’t get shy on us now.
While Spanish folks should be already kicking it back with their newly reformed S2s, don’t panic if you can’t update your phone just yet. As usual, these things come out in waves, so depending on your carrier you might have to wait a couple of days or so.
Meanwhile, the updating process should start in other European countries any minute now, as well as in Asia. As for North America, it might still be a while there, though people can certainly start dreaming.
Before wrapping it up, we want to say one last thing to all the haters that are ready to jump at Samsung's throat for the delayed upgrade. What other two-year olds released with Android 2.3 have got a taste of Jelly Bean until now? Exactly.