The Galaxy series has been a huge hit for Samsung, The Company recently announced that the line of Android smartphones has surpassed 50 Million sales globally. What's even more impressive, one device recorded more than the Half of these 50M sales...
The Galaxy S II sales has reached 28 Million device in just 13 months, which made it the fastest selling device for Samsung. That's 8 million more unit sales since late February, just this year. We Hope Galaxy S III will be a Hit too.
As the Galaxy S III is Coming to AT&T Very soon, The US Carrier decided to make a very generous offer on Samsung's previous flag-ship Android smartphone, The "Galaxy S 2" by dropping its price to $9.99 with a signed 2-year contract.
This deal won't last long, It's only their for 48 Hours and the device will go "Not available". So if you want one hurry up!
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The Chilean carrier "VTR" has the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus on its Official website, with Photos Specifications and price too ($355,99 with subscription).
The New device looks strangely identical to the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S II (T989). In fact, if you go through the spec sheet of the S II Plus, you will find more similarities, such as a 4.52-inch, 800 x 480 resolution Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot and an 8 megapixel camera.
The Galaxy S II Plus is said to be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which the T-Mobile version T989 did not. Let's Hope this device will come to more regions & carriers.
Virgin Mobile, the pre-paid carrier, is going to add the Samsung Galaxy S2 to its line-up with a pretty good price, looks like Samsung's previous flagship device still kicking.
The price for the Samsung Galaxy S II will be $369.99 without a contract, and outside of the Virgin logo on the back, the phone should look exactly like the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, which was the name Sprint gave to its version of the Galaxy S II. The phone will be available starting November 15th, in silver or white.
Currently, Samsung is getting ready to release the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy S III I9300 users by the end of this Month or early September at max but what about the Galaxy S2 loyal users ? Well, Samsung heard them and We have some CONFIRMED Good News for them too... Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 will get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The JB Update is currently on KIES Test-Mode as Samsung developers is tweaking it with TouchWiz UI to make it run smoothly on the S2, We have no change-log for the Update yet.
The Galaxy S2 Update to Jelly Bean build 4.1.1 is expected to start Rolling-out by September or November this year, As always the update will take from 1-2 additional Months to be available to all regions.
Same News also on GSMArena
YouMobile previously announced that the Galaxy S2 Update is "Expected in May", Here we are at the last week in May and Samsung INDIA has just confirmed today that the Galaxy S II I9100 Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 Update is "just around the corner".
Samsung confirmed this on its twitter account (Photo above), After contacting Samsung INDIA we got a confirmation that the Update will roll-out OTA Next Week, before the May ends.
Samsung released the ICS 4.0.3 to Galaxy S II devices all over the world, but there is still some countries that has been delayed and india is one of these countries. YouMobile wish you a Happy bug-less Update!
It seems that word had slipped out that the Android 4.0 update was available for the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II via Kies. Unfortunately, it turned out that the update was available only for a limited time. For those unfamiliar with the process, Kies allows users to connect their Samsung-made device with a PC or Mac using a USB cable. One use of Kies is to install software updates such as Android 4.0 as an alternative to an OTA update.
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So why was the Android 4.0 first made available and then apparently pulled? One AT&T customer decided to discuss the matter with an AT&T rep via a Live Chat. And during this chat (Photo Above), the rep said that the update has been delayed due to "Technical Reasons". There is some speculation from Samsung and AT&T reps that the update will be attempted again this coming Saturday, but during the Live Chat, the rep said that he/she had no new details because the update was still in the process of being tested.
An official Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 Update ROM has just leaked packing the latest build of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 with some bug fixes, but No many changes from the 4.0.3 update of the Galaxy S2 that was released Early this year.
Looks like Samsung will bring the ICS 4.0.4 to the Galaxy S2 this year, But the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update for the S2 is still not confirmed and according to the latest reports that JB is not likely coming to the S2.
Here is the SGS2 4.0.4 ROM Info:
- Android Version: 4.0.4 (ICS)
- Build date: 28 June 2012
- PDA: I9100XXLQ5
- MODEM: I9100XXLQ5
- CSC: I9100OXALQ5
Samsung is currently Rolling-out the Official ICS 4.0.4 Update for Galaxy S2 I9100, Starting with Europe and UK, The Update fix some bugs and issues of the previous 4.0.3 update that was released earlier this year. Check our Country Release Status Page to check when your region will get the Update.
ICS 4.0.4 Screenshots
Galaxy S2 Official ICS 4.0.4 Change-log:
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 Build.
- TouchWiz UI is Smooth & better.
- TouchWiz is locked in RAM (Clearing the RAM won't close it).
- Improved notification dropdown.
- Improved lock ring circle animation.
- Contacts link button on Dialer.
- Local search Feature Removed.
- Tick Effect when pressing "Back" button.
- Improved Browser Navigation (Shows the Number of active tabs).
- Improved Camera App and Video playback.
- Battery Percentage added to Display setting.
At the 31,August Samsung Unpacked 2012 event in Berlin, Samsung unveiled the GALAXY Camera and GALAXY Note II running latest the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, What about the other Galaxy devices users ? Samsung didn't forgot them too...
In the event Samsung confirms that the Original Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 10.1 will get the Jelly Bean 4.1.1 update. Also a samsung representative confirmed to our source after the event that Jelly Bean 4.1.1 update is on the works for the Galaxy S2 users later this year , In other hands, the update will also start Rolling-out for the Galaxy S3 users duing this Month (September).
Samsung looks very promising about the Jelly Bean updates this year. Sammy is getting the update to as many products as possible to re-gain the users trust that it will keep the support going for all its flag-ship devices.
Samsung confirmed before that the Galaxy S II I9100 will get the Official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update later this year. Today, Samsung Sweden published its Official Update schedule for all the Galaxy devices that Samsung planning to Update this year.
According to the official update schedule the International Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100 Update to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean will start Rolling-out on November.
As usual, If the Update will start Rolling out on November, this doesn't mean all S2 users will get the Update in the same month as the update roll-out region by region so it may take up to January to complete the updates on all regions.
If you are a proud owner of a Samsung GALAXY S2, YouMobile have some Good News for you. Samsung has officially confirmed that its previous flagship device GALAXY S II I9100 will get its 2nd major update after ICS, The Next update will bring Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean along with a New TouchWiz UI to the S2 this year.
The list of new features on the JB update includes a redesigned keyboard and an improved functionality for NFC connections, smoother UI, Google Now integration and expandable Notifications.
Samsung confirmed that the Jelly Bean update is coming during the Q4,2012 for the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2, Our sources indicates the the S2 JB update will Start rolling-out by the End of November, which means Next month.
We told you its Coming on November! Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 will son get the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update from Samsung, Today the Pre-release of the firmware was leaked. The firmware appeared for installation from the not-so-official XDA-Dev threads, and sports numerous enhancements besides Jelly Bean.
Note that, This firmware is on test-mode and being tested by Samsung, its build number is I9100XXLSJ, but is seemingly stable and not far from the final version that Samsung will be rolling out soon.
Besides Project Butter, Google Now and the other JB goodies, you get the new TouchWiz with Direct Call, AllShare Play, notification bar enhancements, S-Cloud, Pop Up Play and so on.
No word on whether the multi-window mode that will be present on the Note II and Galaxy S III with Android 4.1.2 is here, or if it will ever make it to the smaller screen on the Galaxy S II officially.
Samsung GALAXY S2 I9100 users are patiently waiting for the Jelly Bean update, we saw the pre-released of the S2 jelly bean 4.1.2 a while ago and it was good and very stable but not yet ready. Samsung scheduled the update for a Mid-November release but it was sadly postponed. Now we are getting reports that the Galaxy S2 Jelly bean 4.1.2 update will start rolling-out by January,2013 as a late Christmas present for the S2 users.
The Canadian carrier "Rogers" has also confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note (N7000) update will be due to Early January and Samsung Galaxy S2 (I9100) Jelly Bean update will start rolling-out by late January, according to their schedule (Photo above). As usual the update will Roll-out to unlocked devices first before it hits the carriers versions which means we can expect the International Galaxy S2 to get the update by Early-January.
Galaxy S2 users has gone through a major update before, ICS 4.0.3 Update, and most of them knows the delays the update gets before reaching their devices, So they have to be patient and they will taste the Jelly bean with all its amazing new features as Samsung promised.
The Galaxy S III launched and everyone is waiting to know its Camera Quality, Samsung is making a good use of the new Android ICS camera API with the 8MP sensor on the S III. Here is a photo sample from the Galaxy S III Camera compared to the Galaxy S II Camera.
Galaxy S III Photo Sample
Galaxy S II Photo Sample
The S III Camera sports f/2.6 aperture, compared to the f/2.65 on the Galaxy S II, and the focal length has shrunk to 3.7mm from previously 3.97mm on the SGSII, allowing you to fit more scene in the frame and taking more than photo at once and the phone will automatically suggest the best photo and delta the other ones to save space.
We reported before that the Galaxy S II won't get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update Officially, so users will have to flash cutoff ROMs. After we saw the CyanogenMod 10, It's now time to get it on the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100.
The Developers of CyanogenMod has managed to get a very early CM10 build on Samsung's previous Flag-ship device, with the some reasonable number of bugs and issues, mainly with the audio, that are characteristic for nightly CM builds.
You can follow the Instrcutions HERE to get JB on your Galaxy S II, but this void your warranty. Early Android 4.1 Jelly Bean builds are without issues, but the sheer fact that they are popping up for so many handsets so soon after Google released the source code, gives us hope that the situation with JB will be better than with the ICS update.
Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100/I9100G user are waiting for their Official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update from Samsung, as we announced that Samsung will bring the JB Update in Q4 of this Year to all S2 users. Many of the Galaxy S2 users are confused if they will lose their Adobe Flash player after Upgrading to Jelly Bean.
As you may recall, Adobe announced that Flash player doesn't support Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
We Have some Good News, According to Samsung & Adobe Official statement All Android users who will Upgrade from Android 4.0 ICS to 4.1 JB will keep their Flash player intact and working, So you can Update to Jelly Bean without Worrying about losing your Flash player!