Android 4.1 Jelly Bean coming to Samsung Galaxy SIII, SII

By Lee Kaelin on July 25, 2012, 2:30 PM

While it’s no great surprise the new Samsung Galaxy SIII will receive an update to Google’s latest Android mobile OS, rumors indicate there's a bit of news for those still using the previous generation Galaxy SII as well. According to Sammobile.com, the South Korean phone maker will announce the upgrade for both Galaxy phones as early as August or September.

Apparently initial testing on the SII device has been a success and there is a strong chance Samsung will release the Android 4.1 update, as long as it passes testing. The Samsung mobile site suggests the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 will also get Jelly Bean. Samsung has not officially commented on any devices however, so like all rumors it should be taken with a pinch of salt until they confirm their Android 4.1 roadmap.

Google’s latest version of Android is an incremental release, building on the foundations set by ICS, and focusing further on providing a more fluid UI experience, like Project Butter, a collection of tweaks and tune-ups which are claimed to make the OS more pleasurable to use than on previous Android iterations.

It’s also worth noting that while Google might release the new OS to vendors shortly, users will still be at the mercy of wireless carriers who will test it thoroughly before releasing it to their customers.

Those thinking their unlocked, carrier-free Galaxy S3 will get the update before network-locked versions will be in for a shock as well. After the fiasco caused by the unlocked SGSII handsets getting the ICS update last, Samsung has made it very clear they “want everyone to have the same experience, whether or not it’s open-market, network, to us they're exactly the same.”




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soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

The day is coming soon where the OS gets updated as frequently as the phones come out if not sooner. Youll be updating your phone with a new OS every couple of weeks if this keeps up.

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

The day is coming soon where the OS gets updated as frequently as the phones come out if not sooner. Youll be updating your phone with a new OS every couple of weeks if this keeps up.

Works for me... don't mind incremental improvements. Just as long as they don't forget the major ones as well...

Guest said:

I'm still waiting for Sprint to push ICS to my Epic 4G Touch.

Guest said:

According to the Android developers forum, JB is supposed to have significantly lower latency than ICS so it has the potential to run significantly faster. Its also supposed to increase the number and variety of USB devices it can host. Given other changes too, I can't see why this is being labelled as incremental. Typical non-technical reporting if you ask me, by people who haven't done enough homework on Android. For example :

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Emexrulsier said:

In a way it is incremental otherwise we would be on android 5.x. Its just that changelog looks very appealing for this incremental patch.

yowanvista yowanvista said:

There is a fully functional CM10 port for the SGSII.

Jibberish18 said:

The day is coming soon where the OS gets updated as frequently as the phones come out if not sooner. Youll be updating your phone with a new OS every couple of weeks if this keeps up.

In what dreamland are you living?

SalaSSin said:

Hmmz,

I only got the official ICS upgrade for my SII last week via Kies...

Guessing I'm going to have to wait until 2013 until JB arrives on my phone...

kissx kissx said:

I also got ics update on my galaxy s2 att about 3 weeks ago. I will probably have a new phone before jelly bean will be out for it.I like how att make sure the update works fine.

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