Samsung Galaxy S II Jelly Bean update details laid out by Samsung KoreaAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Samsung has been keeping pretty busy lately with Jelly Bean updates for the Galaxy S III, but this weekend there's some good news for owners of that handset's predecessor, the Galaxy S II. Samsung Korea recently posted the first official details of the S II's Android 4.1 update on its website, revealing exactly how owners will upgrade and what kinds of goodies they can expect to find once they're done. The Android 4.1 update for the S II will require Samsung's Kies software, so users will need to find a USB cable to hook their device up to their computer to get a taste of this Jelly Bean.
Installing the update will reduce the amount of available internal storage from 12GB to 11GB, with that extra gigabyte being put toward the system partition. On the upside, moving up to Android 4.1 will also bring with it performance improvements thanks to Project Butter, as well as improved usability in some apps. There will also be some new Samsung-specific goodies like Smart Stay, Pop-Up Play, Easy Mode, Block Mode and some camera improvements.
The Samsung Galaxy S II isn't exactly the freshest Android handset on the block, and while the fact that the device is receiving an update to Jelly Bean isn't a total shock considering how well it's sold, it's good to see Samsung giving some love to an older phone. It's worth noting that these update details are for the Korean-specific flavor of the S II, and that the company has yet to say when this update will begin flowing out to users. There's no word yet on when or if the U.S. flavors of the S II might get their own Android 4.1 updates, but hey, at least now we've got an idea of what Samsung's planning to pack into the Jelly Bean treat for one of its most popular handsets. How many of you are currently rockin' a Galaxy S II or one of its U.S. variants?