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Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean update, where are the leaked Android 4.1.1 pre-release versions?

September 9, 2012

We keep talking about Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean updates for some of the hottest Android devices in town, Samsung smartphones and tablets included, but we’re yet to see any roll out details for any of them.

Luckily for Samsung device owners, we’ve seen a variety of leaks for some of the company’s smartphones and tablets, which indicate that final Jelly Bean builds will be soon rolled out. The list of supported devices that already have a variety of leaked pre-release ROMs include the Galaxy S3 (international and North American versions), the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.

In fact, even though it’s the weekend, the Galaxy S3 received not one, but two Jelly Bean pre-release firmware versions these days, dated September 7 and September 9. A few hours ago we concluded that Samsung is simply doing this in order to have ordinary users test Jelly Bean builds for various devices ahead of the official update – this seems to be the simplest explanation for the countless leaks – so we can’t but wonder where are the similar firmware versions for other popular Galaxy-branded devices.

That list includes the original Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S2, among other devices, which should, at least in theory, receive Android 4.1.1 upgrades.

Samsung did not mention when said updates will arrive. At the IFA 2012 Unpacked event, the company did say that the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 will be “soon” updated, but the images used during the presentation also included the Galaxy Note. Curiously enough though, the Galaxy S2 wasn’t referred to.

We didn’t think much of it at the time, but now, with each new Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean ROM that gets leaked we can’t but ask ourselves where the Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean leaks are.

Sure, you can install Jelly Bean-based custom ROMs on the Galaxy S2, and we have already shown you how to do it – not that we advise you to go down that way. But that’s not what all users will want to have running on their devices. And Samsung is not sharing any details about its Jelly Bean update schedule.

An older rumor did say that Samsung is working on the Galaxy S2 version, but that wasn’t a priority at the time, compared to the work needed for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Jelly Bean firmware. That rumor suggested that the Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean is on track for a Q4 2012 release, maybe as soon as October, but we haven’t really heard any more details on the matter since then.

What do you say, Galaxy S2 owners? Are you going to wait for the Galaxy S2 update to come out or are you buying a Jelly Bean-running device soon?