Left: Galaxy S Advance, Right: Galaxy Ace 2

While regular Galaxy S versions will not be officially upgraded to Jelly Bean, there are some special Galaxy S-based handsets that will get to run Android 4.1.2 in the near future. One such device is the Galaxy S Advance, which is apparently set to receive its Jelly Bean taste early next year.

Samsung German has confirmed that the that the handset (model number GT-I9070) will receive the update in January, without providing any actual roll out dates for this Jelly Bean upgrade.

The smartphone maker did say in the short Facebook status update that German Galaxy S Advance owners will be able to update their devices via Kies or over-the-air (OTA), which is how you’d expect to receive such upgrades in the first place.

The Galaxy S Advance is currently running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, and it will jump directly to Jelly Bean, skipping Ice Cream Sandwich in the process. Among its highlights, we’ll mention its 4-inch touchscreen display with 800 x 480 resolution, 1GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 8/16GB of storage and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

In other words, the handset, which was launched in the first months of the year and which is known in certain parts of the world as the Galaxy S2 Lite, is more similar to the original Galaxy S than the Galaxy S2, although it does sport a better SoC and extra RAM when compared to the Galaxy S flagship. But Samsung will not update the original Galaxy S to Jelly Bean, will they?