Jelly Bean heading to Galaxy S II and III

Posted by Mike Luttrell

Samsung is eager to get its phones updated to the latest and greatest version of Google's mobile OS.

Android version 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean, will reportedly be making its way to the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S III. The latter should come as no surprise given how new and dominant it is in the market.

But it does come as some surprise that the S II is also getting tapped for the upgrade. In addition to those phones, it's also being reported that the Galaxy Note phone and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet will also be biting into Jelly Bean.

The Jelly Bean upgrade could be considered a minor update for the Android platform, which is why it only brings the version number up to 4.1 instead of 5.0.

The most functional aspect of the update is that it looks different depending on the kind of device, so 7-inch tablets have a different presentation of Jelly Bean than 10-inch tablets or smartphones.

Among the updates are increased enhancements to the speed and performance of Android, new and sleeker widgets for the home screen, expandable notifications, and a more user-friendly app for viewing and deleting photos.

It also offers a new touchscreen keyboard for even more seamless text input, as well as new features for the ever-growing list of near field communication (NFC) devices, allowing users to tap phones together to enable things like photo sharing.