Well we have some Debbie Downer news for Galaxy S II owners today. It looks like the GS2 won’t get the Android 4.2.2 update afterall. It was originally going to get the update, but “due to adjustment problems in the TouchWiz interface,” it isn’t going to happen. I know this might be a disappointment for many of you, but when you consider that the GS2 is already two years old, it’s not a shocker. It’s very rare to see updates on devices with that kind of age. Thankfully, it received two major updates, and that is darn good in the Android world. Now if you are lucky to have a Galaxy S II Plus, it looks like you might be enjoying Android 4.2.2 in the near future.
Just one week after Sprint’s version received an update, T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II has finally received the upgrade to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Owners should be able to update now through Samsung KIES or via OTA by navigating to “Settings” and “About Phone”. Here are the new features and enhancements:
- Buttery Smooth Performance & Great Stability (Thanks to Project Butter)
- Full User Interface Revamp (Same UI as of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II)
- TouchWiz Nature UX
- Samsung’s S Cloud services
- Improved Camera features
- New Lockscreen With Many Customization Options
- New Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
- New Widgets (From Galaxy S III)
- 2 Home screen modes
- New Notification bar With More Notification Toggles
- Google Now
If you have been sitting in the wings watching the GSIII and GS4 come and go, you are probably feeling a little “left behind”. If you are still stuck in your two year contract and have fallen a bit behind the power curve of late, fear not, a refreshing new update to your old trusty handset should be just what the Doctor ordered.
Sprint announced yesterday that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is on its way! I know this has been a long wait for those of you who have had your GSII since its release in 2011, but your wait is finally over. As you probably know, and have severely drooled over time-and-time again, the new update will bring with it:
- Google Now
- Project Butter Animations
- Lock Screen Widgets
- Numerous stability and battery saving enhancements
Boost Mobile announced a new partnership today with NBA star Anthony Davis to promote their service, including a tie-in to provide free access to NBA Game Time Plus. The NBA Game Time Plus app gives users access to home and away game radio broadcasts of NBA games, videos, alerts, real-time scores, stats, and other features. The app and a subscription to access the “Plus” content, which includes the live radio broadcasts, will be included free on all Boost Mobile Android devices running Android 2.2 or higher when purchased with a Monthly Unlimited or Daily Unlimited plan.
To celebrate the new partnership between Boost Mobile and the New Orleans Hornets’ Davis, Boost Mobile is holding a sweepstakes via their Facebook page to give away 10 Samsung Galaxy S II 4G smartphones. The full press release is available after the break.
The day has finally come for all of you Galaxy S II owners that have been patient and waiting for all that Project Buttery goodness: the Jelly Bean update is starting to roll out to the international variant (GT-I9100) of the popular smartphone. SamMobile reports that the Jelly Bean update brings the Android version to 4.1.2 and build JZO54K, while bringing a whole host of improvements. One of the major things to note is Samsung completely left the
horrible old UI and has implemented the Nature UX interface— which is the same as that found in the Galaxy S III. In addition to the newfound fluidity and speed of the UI, additional features include items like S Cloud support, new widgets, a new lock screen and of course, Google Now.
While the update is finally out in the wild, only owners of the international flavor of the smartphone can grab it at this time. This means that those of you on those carrier-branded models will need to wait just a little while longer. Don’t fret though— the update should be ready sooner than later for you folks. In the meantime— if you’re an owner of the international variant of the smartphone, feel free to check for the update at this time via Samsung Kies or OTA.
Well friends it’s finally happened. Samsung’s all-powerful Galaxy S line has officially passed the 100 million mark. The astonishing fact is how little time it took for Samsung to reach that historic figure. From the original Galaxy S’s launch back in May 2010, it has only taken 2 years and 7 months for overall sales to break past the 100 million mark, while the Galaxy S III is selling even faster rate as Samsung has sold 30 million units in only 5 months and 40 million in only 7 months. Considering Samsung is continuing to push the envelope by introducing more speed as well as new and innovative technologies in its devices, it probably won’t take too long for us to see Sammy eventually reach the 200 million mark. Until then— we’ll just sit back and continue to see Sammy just rake in all those profits.
If for some reason you’re still rocking a Galaxy S II on AT&T (and haven’t already installed a custom ROM), you’ll be excited to know that the carrier is rolling out a minor update to Android 4.0.4. Keep in mind this is for the original Galaxy S II (i777), and not the Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
Considering the device already received an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during summer, we had thought the device reached the end of its update life cycle. Thankfully, Samsung hasn’t forgotten about its 2011 customers. The update is now available for download exclusively through Samsung’s own desktop-based Kies software. While we still don’t have an official changelog, users will need to be running a recent build in order to flash the upgrade.
Some bad news is surfacing this weekend for owners of several popular Samsung devices. Members of XDA Developers identified a kernel exploit for devices with certain Exynos processors that could provide root access without flashing the device. According to XDA member alephzain, the vulnerability was discovered on his Samsung Galaxy S III in /dev/exynos-mem. The weakness provides full read/write rights to all physical memory.
‘Tis the season for sweet deals on new devices. In the past, T-Mobile’s been known to run a few buy-one-get-one deals. Well Sprint is getting in on that action this season with their holiday BOGO deal. This deal is good for the Samsung Galaxy Victory, S II, and S III. The deal will run from December 7th through 24th and will be available for new and upgrading customers. Anyone signing two years of their life away and jumping on this deal?
Leaked earlier this month, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G in Titanium is Boost Mobile’s newest prepaid handset. The device is essentially a re-purposed Galaxy S II, sporting the same specifications of Samsung’s 2011 flagship smartphone. The “4G” branding stems from the included WiiMax radios, which Boost Mobile is now borrowing from its parent network, Sprint.
The revamped Galaxy S II is available today from Boost Mobile for $369.99 off contract which, in all fairness, seems a bit outrageous for what you’re getting. If you don’t have your heart set on Boost, there are plenty of other options at more appealing price points. In fact, you could purchase the Nexus 4 off-contract and take it to T-Mobile for as low as $30 per month, so long as you can wait three weeks for Google to restock the pure Android smartphone.