Samsung Galaxy S2 on Vodafone UK is being upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

by: AdrianMarch 12, 2013


Samsung’s Android success story started with a little phone called the Galaxy S2 two years ago, so it makes sense for the Koreans to still care about their first “big thing”. And there’s no better way to show your love for a “dated” device other than bumping up its software to smooth and buttery Jelly Bean, is it?

Only you can’t say the S2 is being upgraded just out of nostalgia. After all, the OG 4.3-incher is even now a more than decent mid-ranger, what with its bright Super AMOLED Plus display, dual-core CPU and 1 GB of RAM.

As usual, the JB rollout is a gradual one, having started in January with the international S2 version (aka GT-I9100). The South Korean SHW-M250L followed suit soon after,  just like the GT-I9100G available in parts of Europe and Asia.

Galaxy S2-2

Canada’s turn to join the Android 4.1 party came towards the end of February, while today is apparently time to put a smile on the faces of GS2 owners in the UK. Particularly, people with a Vodafone S2 should do the Jelly Bean celebratory dance, even if we’re not ruling out the update being live on other networks as well.

According to several reports across the web, Android 4.1.2 is available via KIES, but before hooking up your phone to a PC and firing up the software a quick look-see in the “About Phone” menu can’t hurt.

Needless to say the bump from 4.0 to 4.1.2 is quite massive, so make sure you have enough storage space to go around and a healthy battery. You’ll be getting a drastic UI makeover, numerous performance improvements and bug fixes, as well as entirely new goodies like Google Now, Pop-up Play, Smart Stay and Direct Call.

So what say you, GS2 owners on Vodafone? Is the new software package available to install? Only through KIES or over-the-air as well? How about on other carriers, is there anything to report?

  • Imloling

    I can confirm that it is available on vodafone through OTA. I am downloading now. Its been a long time coming!!

  • Chris

    No OTA update (yet) on EE in the UK… Can’t wait now, can’t be long!

    • FRGuzman

      Odin, the way to go for people who don’t like to wait (and you shouldn’t because… why wait? :P)

  • Got mine OTA on Vodafone this morning, looks good.

    • baz

      Is OTA the software update option?

      • Me


  • Kevin

    Got it OTA yesterday, but it’s clunky and slow, and using loads of battery!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh whats gone wrong

  • James

    Downloading now, very excited about this as have had jelly bean on my tablet now for some time

  • shoeface33

    Any news on 3 yet??

  • nayfarmer08

    I’m still running gingerbread on my s2. will I still get an ota update for mine or will I have to use kies as I don’t have access to kies. hence reason Im still running gingerbread and not ics.

    • Me

      Gingerbread to ICS was Kies only (I believe due to file size), so I’d imagine you’d still need to Kies it to get up to JB. Can you not ask anyone you know with a PC or laptop to bung Kies on it for you and run the update? Kies is a free download from the Samsung website

      • daleyboy

        your wrong ICS was over the air and some people on vodafone are getting jellybean over the air.

        • nayfarmer08

          I never got it over the air and when I tried update on my sisters laptop it wouldn’t let me. kept saying I needed to check the usb debugging although it was checked. my s2 is almost 2 years old. Im on three and by the looks of comments on here some people already have it. hopefully I will still get it ota.

  • Tonarb

    Got it yesterday ota on vodafone…uses lots of battery

  • Josh

    Well good, beautiful update

  • baz

    Is ota the software update option please get back to me

  • bobrobin

    Came through today on Vodafone over the air. Seamless download. Great stuff!!

    • Showwild

      Not for my S2 on Vodafone

  • baz

    Is ota the software update option on the phone? Please get back to me

  • Jay Sus

    There’s no smart stay in Canadian version of JB 4.1.2 for S2 i9100m :( Can anyone from UK confirm if its available ??

  • Guy

    Unlocked and unbranded handset in the UK (GT-I9100)…still no update! boo!

  • Alibanjo

    Heard back from o2 yesterday, who said they were still in the process of working on it to get it as good as possible, which I assume means filling it up with their rubbish before sending it on.

  • Mikesphoneandtab

    When are we finally going to get it on the U.S. carriers? Specifically, Sprint.

  • Jachym Kokesh Lukes

    … in the meantime on rooted i9100s around the world… 4.2.2 :)

  • Hulkish Thor Man

    Jelly Bean is out on Samsung Galaxy S2 on Three Network in the UK.

  • Matt-adore

    My upgrade from Vodafone came through this morning via the usual updating method not kies. All working beautifully.

    Amazing bit of kit. I’ve been through all three now.

  • klbhaskar

    Why samsung is not looking at india? When can we expect this update in India.

  • Showwild

    I have checked and there is no update to jelly bean for galaxy S2 on Vodafone UK.
    Just tried software update in phones settings.

    • matt_11133

      Yeah, same here. No update as yet.

      • matt_11133

        Not on Kies either

    • phil

      There is update for s2 OTA for Vodafone ukI have it.

  • sirdazza

    Got my vodafone jellybean update about a week ago from samfirmware and installed via odin….. very pleased so far

  • mrAli99

    I have an 02UK variant which I unlocked to put my Vodafone contract sim card into ages ago (had an iPhone before buying the galaxy s2 off eBay)
    So I have to wait for an 02 update (checked version now via KIES)
    So 02…..HURRY UO

    • if you use odin, you can flash the vodafone update to convert. Then you will get vodafone updates like anyone else

  • shooters

    Handset GT-19100 in NL update available. got mine over the air on WiFi Carrier

  • shooters

    Be aware though you have to redesign your homescreens cozz they will be lost during the upgrade and apps can behave different or not as they used to work.some settings have to be redone aswell

  • pm

    Jellybean ota update to with EMT Estonia today.

  • shaan

    any body help me updating to jelly bean version

    • phil

      What do need to know? ??

  • Stomper

    Unlocked & unbranded S2 in the UK… no update OTA or on Kies as at time of writing.

  • Rick

    Does these work in canada? Why can’t there be an app to allow you to just download the updates?

  • I am on vodafone with my S2 and the upgrade is not yet showing via KIes

  • colin

    i have a samsung galaxy s2 and i put update 4.1.2 jelly been and it works fine found the update from google ime on vodaphone and it was done through usb cable

  • Hasrun Mohd Zin

    cant help me how to upgrade galaxsy s2 to jelly bean