Following in the footsteps of the mighty Samsung Galaxy S3, the tenacious and unstoppable Galaxy S2 is to at long last receive the full Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update in February, coupled with the latest and greatest build of Samsung’s legendary TouchWiz UI.
According to a report published this week by CNET, the Samsung Galaxy S2 –still one of the most popular Android devices on the market today and one of the most successful of all time – will be eligible for Over the Air updates beginning next month.
Users will also be able to use the Samsung Kies approach to going about the upgrade, though the OTA option is preferred for simplicity and practicality.
So what’s the catch?
Sadly there is indeed one, and it’s that the confirmation obtained by CNET at present refers only to the Samsung Galaxy S2 of Singapore – i.e. this doesn’t confirm any such Jelly Bean rollout dates for the Samsung Galaxy S2s of T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon or AT&T. Not exactly the most promising twist to the story, but in realistic terms it means we know the S2 Jelly Bean rollout is on its way and thus will be coming to the US in the very near future…we hope.
Current Samsung products including the Galaxy Note 2 and the flagship Galaxy S3 have been graced already with the Android Jelly Bean experience, which is categorically the best OS to come of Google so far. Nevertheless, with the Google Nexus 4 having only recently launched with temporarily exclusive rights to Android version 4.2 Jelly Bean, rumor has it that Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is no more than a few months away.
Google has long been accused of promoting unnecessary and unwelcome fragmentation of the Android OS, leaving millions of Android users the world over with entirely different Smartphone experiences. Updates have in many instances been painfully slow and should another version be on the cards for late Q2 2013, chances are there will once again be a few grumbles from the masses.