This might come as a shocker to many, but sometimes OEMs can actually make good on a promise regarding a software update. Samsung seems to be doing so as we speak, rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the OG Galaxy S Advance, as announced back in November 2012.
The Advance, while released a full year after the Galaxy S2 and just a month before the GS3, comes with a pretty modest spec sheet, including bitter “highlights” like a dual-core 1 GHz NovaThor U8500 CPU, 768 MB of RAM and a 4-inch AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution.
It’s certainly worth praising that Sammy is not only still caring about the Advance, but is capable of wrapping up the JB bump so quickly. More so when considering the 4-incher has never got to taste Ice Cream Sandwich goodness, being stuck on Gingerbead ever since its launch.
Then again, this software leap is bound to enrage more than a few Samsung users, who’ll not hesitate to ask why phones with better tech specs are left in the dust. The S2 for instance, featuring a dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU and 1 GB of RAM, has just had its Jelly Bean update details revealed, but nothing more than that.
But let's forget about that for a second and mention the only country confirmed to have received the 4.1.2 upgrade on the Advance is Russia. We doubt people across Europe will have much to wait until getting treated with smooth butter themselves, but outside the old continent the update’s ETA is still anybody’s guess.
The new firmware looks as awesome and clean as expected and includes Samsung’s new TouchWiz Nature UI. There are no major bugs or glitches to report at the moment, but feel free to let us know if you notice something off. People in Russia can grab the upgrade OTA (over-the-air) or via Samsung Kies, while SamMobile should have the software pack up for manual download any time now.