The Samsung Galaxy S II has finally started getting the Android 4.1 update. The update is available both over-the-air and via Kies.
The Galaxy S II was originally launched in 2011 with Gingerbread on board and has already received Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The latest update takes the phone to Jelly Bean. The smartphone got the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update back in May 2012. Getting three updates on a non-Nexus device is very big, and we are glad to see that Samsung is pushing out the update to the phone, even after so long.
The Galaxy SII features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor and has 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB of internal memory, a micro SD card slot which supports up to 32GB, a 8-MP rear camera, 2-MP front camera and 1650 mAh Li-ion battery.
The Galaxy series of phones, especially the SII and SIII, have taken the Indian market and storm and is partially responsible for propelling Samsung to the number one place in the Indian smartphone market.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV is slated to launch in the first week of May in India.
The update has the following change log
- Android 4.1 with Touchwiz – Google Now, enhanced notifications, Direct Call, Smart Stay, Pop-up Play, new Nature UX similar to Galaxy S III
- Richer content & services
- Social hub to be removed
- Real-time mail delivery won’t be supported, but email client will still support EAS, IMAP and POP access
- Email, SMS and SNS in social hub can be used a separate apps
- Polaris Office, Photo Editor, and Video maker will be downloadable via Samsung Apps
You can manually check the availability of the update via Settings > About > Software update. As with all updates, it is being rolled-out in phases, so it could take some time before it hits your phone.