Sprint and Samsung have started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for their variant of the Galaxy S2 – the Epic 4G Touch. The update will bring with it quite a bunch of new features as seen on the international Galaxy S2, including Smart Stay, Direct Call and more.
The usual Android 4.1 Jelly Bean enhancements are also present including Google Now, Project Butter for buttery-smooth UI, enhanced speech-to-text with offline mode support, and expandable notifications among other things.
Samsung is not rolling out the update via OTA, and Sprint SGS2 owners need to use KIES on a Windows XP or Windows 7 based PC to get the update. The update needs to be manually downloaded from here, and weighs in a whopping 520MB+. Your data will be left untouched, but it is highly recommended that you make a backup before proceeding with the update. While KIES does not officially support Windows 8, the application and the update process works flawlessly on the latest OS from Microsoft.
Hopefully, AT&T and other U.S operators will soon release the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for their variant of the Galaxy S2 as well.
The Galaxy S2 was Samsung’s most popular and hottest selling phone in 2011. It went on to become the company’s most successful model ever in its history, before being overtaken by its successor in 2012 – the Galaxy S3.
Samsung upgraded the Galaxy S2 to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but did not add any new features since then like it has been doing with the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3 or the Note 2.
The good news is that Samsung Korea today announced its Jelly Bean upgrade plans for the Galaxy S II. The company plans to bring a lot of features from the Galaxy S3 to the Galaxy S2 including its nature inspired TouchWIZ UI, Smart Stay, improved performance thanks to Project Butter, enhanced camera app and more.
An Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S2 had leaked last year, giving advanced users a taste of all the new Jelly Bean goodness and other features.
All these additional features will come at a cost though. Galaxy S2 owners will need to use KIES to install the update on their handset since the update re-partitions their internal memory and also updates the bootloader. The other downside is that post the update the free internal memory of the handset will be reduced by 1GB, because of all the new system apps, libraries and features.
Samsung has not announced as to when they plan to roll-out the Jelly Bean update, but considering this announcement, the update should not be far away.
Via – SamMobile
Samsung Galaxy S is one of the largest selling Android smartphone. Samsung managed to sell more than 10 million units of the powerful Galaxy S. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating System, but it was later updated to Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. Samsung India already confirmed that, the Galaxy S will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update by the end of this month. And now, we have a good news for the Samsung Galaxy S owners in India.
Samsung has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 update for the Galaxy S in India. Some of my friends have already started receiving this update for their Galaxy S smartphone. This update is numbered DDJV6 and it is currently available only via Samsung Kies. Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air).
This update will upgrade the Samsung Galaxy S to Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and it will bring a lot of improvements and bug fixes. Samsung is also expected to update its first tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab to Android Gingerbread OS before the end of Q2 of 2011. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy SL will receive the Android 2.3 update during the first or second week of July. Stay tuned for more updates.
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Last year, Samsung launched its first bada powered handset the Samsung Wave. The Wave was one of the most popular handsets in 2010 thanks to its stellar screen (S-AMOLED), killer hardware specifications and the low pricing. Samsung had earlier promised that they will keep on rolling out OS updates for the handset in the future.
Now, the company will soon be rolling out the bada 1.2 update for all Wave owners in Europe thus keeping its promise. The update will be rolled out before the end of this month.
The bada 1.2 update for the Samsung Wave will bring in a lot of changes with it including the usual performance and stability improvements along with bug fixes. bada forums all over the Internet also suggest some new pre-installed widgets like Yahoo search. The update will also install a new keyboard on the handset – ‘Trace’.
The keyboard is similar to the very popular keyboard available for Android Swype where users just need to swipe’ their fingers through the alphabets of the word they want to write. The update will also bring in support for FLAC format in the music player along with improving the battery life and GPS performance of the device.
Samsung Wave owners in other regions of the world will get their bada 1.2 update by Q1 of this year. Wave owners in the Europe need to use the Samsung KIES software to update their handset to bada 1.2.
Samsung has been slowly rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Galaxy S handsets all over the world. A couple of days ago, Samsung started offering the Froyo update for all the operator branded Galaxy S handsets in the U.K. Today, the company has started rolling out the Froyo update for the Vibrant as well as the Fascinate in Canada.
The Vibrant is offered by Bell, SaskTel and Virgin mobile while the Fascinate is offered by the TELUS. Earlier, Samsung released the Android 2.2 Froyo update schedule for the Galaxy S line-up in Canada. The schedule stated that the TELUS branded Fascinate will get its update in early 2011.
Surprisingly, Samsung managed to release the update just before the current year ended. Vibrant and Fascinate owners can update their handset to Android 2.2 Froyo by using Samsung KIES.