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Samsung To Update Galaxy S2 And Galaxy Note To Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

The folks over at SamMobile have received a list of devices that Samsung will be upgrading to Android 4.2.2, post which they will reach their EOL (End of Life). The Korean giant will be updating the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, its flagship devices for 2011, to Android 4.2.2 sometime this year.

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Samsung added a lot of new features to the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note when it rolled out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the devices. It was assumed that with this is going to be the last software update for these handsets, since they were pretty old anyway. However, Samsung thinks otherwise and will be bringing Android 4.2.2 to them, even though Android 4.2 does not really bring anything major to the table.

Other devices that Samsung will be bringing Android 4.2.2 to include the Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Express , Galaxy Grand DUOS and the Galaxy Grand.

Samsung will also be updating the Galaxy S III and its various variants, along with the Note 2 and Galaxy Note 8/10.1 to Android 5.0, when Google launches it later this year at Google I/O. Keep in mind that this list is not final, and Samsung can change its decision anytime they want, so don’t get your hopes too high.

Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100G Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

Samsung has silently started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the I9100G variant of the Galaxy S2. Visibly, the I9100G and I9100 variant of the Galaxy S2 may look the same, but internally, the I9100G sports a slightly weaker OMAP4430 SoC (CPU+GPU).

The Jelly Bean update for the I9100G brings all the goodies that Samsung introduced on the I9100 including Smart Stay, a new version of TouchWIZ as seen on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, updated Gallery app, Project Butter for silky-smooth UI interactions, and Google Now. Other changes include slight UI changes, a new lockscreen, Samsung’s Suite of Cloud services, gesture based features as seen on the Galaxy S3/Note 2 like Direct Call, Pop-Up Play and two new homescreen modes.

The update is available via OTA as well as via Samsung’s KIES application in several regions of the world.

The Jelly Bean update literally breathes a new life in the Galaxy S2, which is nearly two-years old now. Android OEMs rarely release such a huge software update for an aging handset so late in its lifetime. Kudos to Samsung for the update!

Via – SamMobile

Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

Galaxy S2 owners, here is some Jelly Bean goodness for you. After months of waiting, Samsung has now officially started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for your handset.

The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S2 barely brought any new features or UI experience. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update is an altogether different story though. The update brings not only the latest TouchWIZ Nature UX as seen on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, but some other new features as well like Smart Stay, Direct Call, improved camera features, Samsung’s Cloud services, new lockscreen customizations, two homescreen modes, and new widgets.

The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter for ultra-smooth UI browsing experience, enhanced notification bar, improved speech-to-text and Google Now are also present. Samsung has also taken this opportunity to load more bloatware on the Galaxy S II.

Samsung had initially stated that installing the Jelly Bean update will re-partition and format the internal SD card. However, the current Jelly Bean firmware rolling out does not wipe or re-partition the internal SD.

The Jelly Bean update is going to breathe a new lease of life on this nearly two-year old flagship phone from Samsung. Considering how other OEMs completely forget their flagship handsets a year after its release, it is refreshing to see Samsung releasing a major update to the Galaxy S2 nearly 2 years after its release.

Via – Sammobile

Galaxy S2 Gets Multi Window Multitasking From Galaxy Note 2!

The Multi-Window multitasking introduced by Samsung on the Galaxy Note 2 is probably one of the most lusted features in the Android community right now. While Samsung originally introduced the feature on the Note 2, it will be bringing the Multi-Window multitasking to the Galaxy S3 and the original Galaxy Note as well via the Android 4.1.2 update. The Galaxy S2, however, will not be getting the Multi-Window multitasking update probably because of its lower resolution screen and small screen size, which makes the multi-window multitasking kind of redundant.

Even then, some of the developers over at XDA forums have managed to port the Multi-Window feature to the Galaxy S2. The mod will only work on the leaked Android 4.12 XXLSJ firmware for the Galaxy S2.

As clear from the screenshot above, the multi-window mod is not really useful on the Galaxy S2 because of the low resolution screen on the device. Even then, the mod does bring you bragging rights and it might just be useful for some people out there.

If you own a Galaxy S2 and are interested in the Multi Window mod, then head over to this thread on XDA forums and flash the attached ZIP file via CWM.

Samsung Galaxy S2 First Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks; Brings Tons Of New Features

Along with the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy S3, the first Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy S2 has also leaked online, thanks to an XDA member — izap .

The leaked firmware – I9100XXLSJ – is surprisingly bug-free and stable, which means that Samsung is in the final stages of finalizing the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S2. While Samsung has not included the Multi-view multitasking feature of the Note 2 on the Galaxy S2, there are still a lot of new features and enhancements onboard.

The list of features include the new TouchWIZ Nature UI/UX, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, butter-y smooth performance thanks to Project Butter, new widgets, Direct Call, Smart Stay, Pop-Up Play, two different homescreen modes and more.

Samsung did not really add any new features to the Galaxy S2 when it rolled out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset. However, the company kept adding new features to the Galaxy Note with continuous software updates, thus making S2 owners feel left out. Thankfully, with the Jelly Bean update, Samsung is finally showing some attention to the S2 owners out there.

Head over to this XDA thread for more information about the firmware and the download links.

Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available In India

Samsung started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II (I9100) back in mid-March in certain regions of the world. The company continued the roll-out in other countries and variants of the Galaxy S2 in the following months. However, for some strange reason Samsung did not release the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II in India. In fact, the Galaxy Note got its official Ice Cream Sandwich update in India before the Galaxy S2.

Starting from today though Samsung has started rolling out the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II in India. The update is available for both the variants of the Galaxy S II – the I9100 and I9100G. The reason behind the delay in releasing the ICS update for the Galaxy S2 in India from Samsung was the I9100G variant of the handset.

Samsung had silently replaced the I9100 Galaxy S2 variant with the I9100G variant. The difference between both these variants was more than what the ‘G’ signifies. The company wanted to update both these handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich at the same time so as to avoid confusion, and thus held back the I9100 update in India while it developed the update for the I9100G variant.

Galaxy S2 owners in India can download and install the update on their handset by using Samsung’s KIES software.

Samsung Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich Update Available In India

Earlier this month, Samsung had started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note in certain regions of the world. Beginning from today, Samsung has started the phased roll-out of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note in India.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note brings with it lots of new goodies like Face Unlock, Bluetooth tethering, along with some UI enhancements. The update will also install some premium suite of apps optimized to take advantage of the S-Pen stylus of the handset. Galaxy Note owners in India can download and install the update on their handset-tablet hybrid by using Samsung’s KIES software.

It is quite surprising to see that Samsung India has already released the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note, while the update for the Galaxy S2 is still not available. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the S2 was rolled out way back in March. In fact, the retail boxes of Galaxy S2 in India now ship with Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box as well. The official Samsung India twitter account tweeted that S II owners should “stay tuned for updates.”

Vodafone UK Starts Rolling Out Ice Cream Sandwich Update For Galaxy S2

Samsung started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II back in late March itself. However, owners of operator variants of the phone had to wait a little longer, until their carrier tests the update and verifies it does not break any functionality.

Starting from today, Vodafone UK branded Galaxy S II owners can update their handset to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As of now, the update is available via KIES so users need to use their PC to update their SGS2 to ICS. The OTA update will go live on April 17th, which is just around the corner as well. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for Galaxy S2 does not bring many changes, visually. The whole UI looks similar as it looked on Gingerbread. Blame Samsung for doing a brilliant job of stripping down all the visual goodies from ICS and bloating it with TouchWIZ.

Prior to this announcement, Vodafone UK had re-scheduled the ICS update for the SGS2 twice so don’t get shocked if it again delays the OTA update for some reason. Interested Vodafone UK Galaxy S2 owners can find more information about the update here.

Nokia Lumia 900 vs iPhone 4S vs Galaxy Nexus vs Galaxy S2 – How Does The Best Windows Phone Stack Up Against Its Competition?

The Lumia 900 is finally up for sale in the United States, and it has already sold out in quite a few online stores. The Lumia 900 is the biggest handset launch from Nokia in the recent years in the United States, and the handset will have a key role in determining the future on WP7 and the Nokia-MS partnership.

However, how does the Lumia 900 stack up against some of the best phones up for sale today including the iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S2? Read our comparison post below to find out!

Display

The Galaxy Nexus has the biggest display among all these 4 handsets and comes with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with a whopping 720p screen, but has a PenTile display. The Galaxy S2 and Lumia 900 come with a 4.3-inch display with WVGA (480*800) resolution. While the Galaxy S2 uses a Super-AMOLED Plus display, the Lumia 900 has a (AMOLED) ClearBlack Display. The iPhone 4S has the smallest display among its competitors with a relatively small 3.5-inch IPS LCD display with 640*960 resolution. The iPhone 4S has the highest pixel density here with a Retina busting 326ppi, while the Galaxy Nexus comes in a second close with a ppi of 316. The Galaxy S2 and the Lumia 900 both have a disappointingly low ppi of 218.

The iPhone 4S and the Galaxy Nexus both trump the Lumia 900 in terms of display quality as well as resolution, while the Lumia 900 manages to tie it with the Galaxy S2 display. However, considering the Lumia 900 is being released in 2012, and all of its competitors were launched in 2011, the former should have had packed in a higher resolution screen. Sadly, since Windows Phone does not support resolutions higher than WVGA, there is nothing much the OEMs can do about it, except for wait for Windows Phone 8.

Read: Galaxy S2 vs. Galaxy Nexus vs. iPhone 4S – Which is the best smartphone of 2011?

Processing Power

Except for the Lumia 900, the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S2 and the iPhone 4S, all have a dual-core processor. The A5 SoC used inside the iPhone 4S is an absolute beast and manages to trump every other mobile CPU + GPU combination easily. The Exynos SoC found inside the Galaxy S2 comes in second with two powerful Cortex-A9 cores running at 1.2GHz, along with an ARM Mali-400MP GPU. The Galaxy Nexus also packs in two 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 processor, and a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU, which struggles to keep up with the HD resolution on the handset.

A Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor clocked at 1.4GHz along with an Adreno 205 GPU powers the Lumia 900. While the OS on the handset itself runs very smooth, third party apps and browsing on the handset take a toll due to the limited CPU power.

Camera 

The iPhone 4S, Galaxy S2 and the Lumia 900 pack in an 8MP camera with an LED flash, while the Galaxy Nexus houses a 5MP camera aided by an LED flash. The 8MP snapper on the iPhone 4S can take some absolutely stunning pictures, and is a clear winner here. The Galaxy S2 and the Lumia 900 come in a close second, with the former struggling in low-light conditions quite heavily. The Galaxy Nexus with its poor, but with Instant capture feature, 5MP cam does not even stand a chance.

While the Lumia 900 may have come second in the camera shoot-out, we should not forget that the Galaxy S2 was released nearly a year ago. The Galaxy S3 is just around the corner, and chances are it will trump the Lumia 900 in camera performance easily.

Apps

While the iPhone App Store has more than 450,000+ apps, there are roughly around 300,000 apps in the Google Play Store. In comparison to this, the Windows Phone Marketplace has around 70,000+ apps. Sadly, there is a very serious lack of quality applications in the WP Marketplace. There is still no official Dropbox client available for the OS, which might be a bummer for quite a few people out there. There are still no graphically intensive games available for the OS. Most developers still prefer to launch an iOS version of their app first, followed by an Android version.

However, most developers who have released a WP7 version of their app have been seriously impressed with the SDK tools available for the platform, and actually prefer coding apps for WP rather than Android. So hopefully it is just a matter of time, and possibly few more APIs from Microsoft, before we see some quality apps hit the Windows Phone marketplace.

P.S. – I can’t comment on the battery life of the handsets since I have not used them long enough. However, I am sure the iPhone 4S will be a clear winner here just because it has a smaller screen, and lacks support for LTE networks. Lumia 900 should provide users with the same battery life as the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Nexus, if not worse.

Also Read: Some must have apps for the Nokia Lumia 900 and 800

Samsung Releases Ice Cream Sandwich Sources For The Galaxy S2

Last week, Samsung started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S2 in some regions of the world. Sammy’s version of Ice Cream Sandwich for the S2 barely brought any of the UI changes introduced by Google in Android 4.0, and things mostly looked similar to how Android 2.3 Gingerbread looked on the handset.

Thankfully, the CM team has already released the CM9 for the SGS2 since quite a few weeks ago. However, the ROM is in alpha and contains some bugs, including poor battery life and no video recording. This is because of the lack of Ice Cream Sandwich sources from Samsung. Nevertheless, just a few days after releasing the official ICS update, Samsung has also released the sources of the update.

What does this mean, you ask? This will help the developers in fixing, hopefully, all the bugs current present in AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for the S2. It will also allow them to compile custom kernels with overclocking support, better performance and tweaked for battery life.