You’ve got to give it up to Samsung for still minding those who have its record-breaking 2011 flagship, the Galaxy S II by supporting through two major Android upgrades. This is something we rarely see on Android. There’s a reason why these guys are getting things and finding favour with most of us who love Droids. Bash them all you want for churning devices with rare names at an amazing rate and delaying updates (hello Galaxy Note users) but at the end of the day they deliver, something most other players don’t achieve leaving grumbling device owners and unsatisfied customers. Of course you know very well how that fragmentation story goes.
The update which is still rolling out in various regions worldwide as an OTA update and also through Kies brings all the great features of TouchWiz Nature UX that have exclusive to mainly high end Samsung devices that launched from May 2012 going forward.
Samsung has also gone ahead to avail an official user manual for how to go about the upgrade.
I sent the tweet below on the mid-morning of 4th February and got quite a good response.
Woohoo! Finally got Jelly Bean for S II. Any guinea pig devices to test on?
— E. Chenze™(@echenze) February 4, 2013
The procedure below is what I used to upgrade the S II.
These are the new features that the update brings you:
- Full UI revamp (the S II gets a fresh look to match that of the S III and the Note II)
- New lock screen with multiple customization options (ripple effect lock screen added)
- Pan motions (most were available already in ICS but are advanced here)
- TouchWiz Nature UX
- Google Now
- More smoothness thanks to Project Butter
- Newer notification bar with more toggles
- Samsung’s S-Cloud services (everything ties in to your Samsung account)
- More improved camera features
- New widgets (like those in the Galaxy S III and the Note II)
- The addition of homescreen modes like Easy mode. Inclusion of Block mode
- Smart Stay
- Pop-Up Play
- Direct Call
- Take all the necessary precautions. Backup your stuff, just in case you screw up things (Note: By following everything as indicated here you won’t lose anything. The upgrade leaves all your data and apps intact). Have a fully charged battery (at least 70% full is not bad).
- This is upgrading to another Android version using stock firmware thus you don’t void you warranty by following this procedure.
- You will lose any root status on your device if you had rooted it. The same will happen with custom recoveries like clockworkmod recovery.
- The firmware I used is the one released for Spain. It will work on all international versions of the Galaxy S II (GT-I9100).
- However should anything break on your end, no one affiliated with this blog should be held responsible.
- Odin. Get it here [LINK 1]
- The firmware itself. It is available on SamFirmware.com (as a hotfile). If you want a faster download then get it from here [LINK 2] – Courtesy of AndroidPit
- Make sure your PC has Kies installed (in order to get Samsung mobile USB drivers). Check my previous posts on upgrading other Samsung devices (like the Galaxy Mini and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus) for how to go about this.
Head over to the next page for the procedure.