The Samsung Galaxy S II is finally getting an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The update is now going live in North America, with Canadian models getting the latest Android version first. The Canadian Galaxy S2 GT-I9100M is waving goodbye to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and hello to 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The Galaxy S II is the device that got the ball rolling, the handset that put Samsung amongst the smartphone elite, and allowed the company to become a dominant force with its next model, the Galaxy S III. Now those still stuck with the S II (still a very good handset by the way) can finally start to get the full 4.1 Jelly Bean experience, although as is typical with Samsung the process is slow.
The Korean company has never been one to roll out updates at a rapid pace, and the Jelly Bean update for the S II has been no different. The software has been coming at us in phases, which means some S II users will still have to wait to play around with the best of Android. Jelly Bean has hit the S II in Spain and Korea, and now it is available in Canada.
The update can be implemented over the air or through Samsung Kies, and we fully expect users in the United States to get the update soon. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon all carry the Samsung S II as a part of their phone arsenals, but no word has been given on when the roll-out will begin, but by the end of the month seems likely.
Of course, Samsung will keep tight lipped meaning we won’t know about the update landing in other regions until it actually starts rolling out. Nevertheless, it seems all S II users will be using Jelly Bean with due course.