It seems Samsung hasn’t forgotten about its Galaxy S II users just yet. Today, Samsung Korea posted details to its website regarding an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S II (it seems to be for the Korean version only for now, but that means the international update should be just around the corner). The update will be available soon via Samsung’s Kies software and will take about an hour to complete. Since it’s such a large update, Samsung will need to reformat your phone’s memory and allocate an extra gigabyte for its “system” memory (where it keeps all the important files). This means you’ll end up with 11 gigabytes of internal memory for your apps, music, pictures an other media. Besides all the normal Jelly Bean goodies like “Google Now”, you’ll be getting Samsung’s “Smart Stay” (a feature that keeps your screen on by using your front facing camera to see if you’re eyes are looking at your phone), and some other stock Google apps like Books and Google+. No word yet on if and when the US variants of the phone will be getting an update, but we will keep you posted if we hear anything. For a full list of improvements, jump past the break.
Samsung Galaxy S II owners are probably content enough to have gotten the Android 4.0 update but those same owners will certainly be giddy after hearing this tidbit of news. According to SamMobile, Samsung is currently testing the preliminary builds of Android 4.1— also known as Jelly Bean. In fact—the same source claims testing has gone well for Samsung and Samsung should release the latest version of the Android OS (Android 4.1.1) by September or October— if all goes well. Of course this is expected to apply to the international variants of the smartphone— so you American owners of the device will have to add a few months after the initial launch.
Oh and you Galaxy Note owners won’t be left out of the blue either as that device is set to receive the Jelly Bean update as well— though a specific time frame for that device is anyone’s guess. If this is indeed true Samsung— well done to you. Well done.
The Samsung Galaxy smartphone series has presumably gotten better over the years, right? Well as far as processing speed, memory and improved UIs are concerned, then absolutely. But what about the AMOLED displays—- has it gotten better over the years? Well, yes and no. As seen in a Galaxy shootout thanks to some curious individuals at DisplayMate, there are some interesting findings about the displays seen over the years. For example, the color gamut across all devices fell between 136 – 139 percent. Typically a color gamut too large is visually worse than a small color gamut and results in what’s considered to be an ‘irregular display’ where the Green is more saturated compared to Red or Blue, as seen in the Galaxy S line of smartphones. In addition, there were additional findings such as each device having an unusual color shift when the displays on each device at an extreme viewing angle. Specifically– DisplayMate highlights the displays of the Galaxy I, II and III “take on a distinctly strong blue color shift and cast” when being viewed at an angle of greater than 45 degrees.
On the flipside— it’s not all negative findings. The running time of the displays on the devices has improved which each passing generation. When running at maximum power in Airplane mode, the Galaxy S I sees a run time of 3.2 hours, the Galaxy S II sees 4.4 hours and the Galaxy S III sees an astounding 5.6 hours.
The study and conclusions are certainly a bit on the technical side, but they’re both nonetheless interesting as heck. If you’re interested in checking out additional or more specific details, make sure to hit the source link which you can find below.
Own a Samsung Galaxy S II, but hate TouchWiz and wish you could see HTC’s Sense UI on the device instead? Well great you’re in luck as there is an official sighting of Sense actually booting up on a Galaxy S II smartphone. The dev team Sense4All had their hands on the breakthrough project and successfully fired up Sense 4.0 on the smartphone. That’s right folks: not sense 3.0, not 3.5 and certainly not 3.6—- Sense 4.0! XDA reports it isn’t quite certain what works and what doesn’t work just yet… though it’s clear that data and phone service are not working just yet.
The good news is that the dev team involved is just scratching the surface of the project. Getting the smartphone to boot is among the hardest part of the project and from here it would be a matter of ironing out any additional bugs and whatnot. Naturally the ROM is only accessible from developers for now, though additional developers are welcome to chip in and help. Here’s hoping the team comes through and successfully gets this port functioning so the rest of us normal folk can try it out.
AT&T & Samsung has finally made good on its promise on updating the Samsung Galaxy S II to Android 4.0. Reports are coming in from various outlets that the update is now available and ready for all owners. While it would be nice to have the update pushed over the air, Galaxy S II owners will have to use Samsung’s desktop companion Kies in order to grab the ICS update.
We know owners are ready to give the Galaxy S II a new lease on life, so be sure to head on to the source link to find the update software as well as complete instructions on how to update your device.
source: Samsung Kies
The Samsung Galaxy S II may have seen the Android 4.0 update on international versions already, but we here in the States are stuck with playing the waiting game if you’re on a carrier-branded version of the popular smartphone. However, to the lucky few of you who happen to own an unlocked version of the device in the US, you’re in for a special treat. Apparently the unlocked version of device used in the U.S. is getting the official update as of now, just like how owners of the unlocked version in the UK got their update recently. If you’re an owner of the unlocked global version of the smartphone, be sure to visit your Settings and check for the update in order to get the ball rolling. The update looks a bit hefty with its 216MB size, but hey, all that ICS glory is worth it in the end, right?
Samsung today announced new features that were added to the ICS update that is scheduled to hit select Galaxy devices. Samsung’s Product Planning Team, the folks in charge of creating the update, spoke with Samsung Tomorrow detailing what is to be expected in the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S firmware updates.
The man in charge of the Galaxy S “value pack” update, SangHyuck Nam, says the device’s firmware update will contain five additional functions and expects customers to be happy with the upgrade since they “tried to make functions as similar to those found in ICS as possible.” One of the more notable features included is the more secure ‘Face Unlock’ function, requiring the user to blink to prove that in fact it isn’t just some ne’er-do-well using a picture of the owner in an effort to unlock the device. Another big addition is a custom version of Go Launcher, called S Go Launcher. This new launcher will allow the user to further customize the phone’s home screens and to replace standard ICS icons with ones of the owners chosing. Also included is ‘Photo Editor’, ‘Beta Font’ for font sizing, and a ‘Snapshot’ feature that allows for taking pictures while filming video. » Read the rest
Well we know that ICS for the UK versions of Samsung Galaxy S II devices are on the way, but aside from Three UK pushing the update out officially— we hadn’t heard too much detail from mobile carriers highlighting when owners of the device would get the update. Mobile carrier Orange UK has finally come out and confirmed the update will arrive on devices in April, though it stopped short of indicating when exactly it will arrive. That means owners of the smartphone won’t know if they’ll get new features such as Facial Unlock until next week at the earliest, though it could be as late as the end of next month.
It could be worse for you Orange UK subscribers— other carriers such as T-Mobile UK and Vodafone hasn’t even specified to its customers when the updates will arrive on their devices. Here’s hoping you all on Orange UK will get the update (much) sooner than later.
source: CNet Crave UK
It’s been a little over a week now since the delicious ICS update reached Samsung Galaxy S II smartphones, but isn’t it unusual that we hadn’t heard any details of the update? Well cheer up friends because a complete spec sheet has been spotted highlighting the full details of the update for the smartphone. In addition to the standard TouchWiz UI changes some Input method process changes, lock screen changes including the addition of Facial Unlock (!!!!) and selecting text changes.
Hit the link below to find the full details of the update for the Galaxy S II smartphone.
source: coolsmartphone details
Everyone’s favorite custom ROM, CyanogenMod 9, is coming to more devices on a nightly basis with the addition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Wi-Fi, Google I/O edition, and T-Mobile version), Samsung Galaxy S II (non-U.S.), ASUS Transformer, and ASUS Transformer Prime.
The addition of these devices comes on top of nightlies for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola Xoom. Remember, these ROMs are built every night and could be buggy and unstable, so flash at your own risk!
Download links after the break.