Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note to get Jelly Bean

Posted by Mike Luttrell

The work of rolling out Android updates is a never-ending process.

Samsung is now believed to be prepping the latest version of Google's mobile OS, version 4.1 also known as Jelly Bean, for two of its best-selling handsets.

The Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note will be getting Jelly Bean in the fourth quarter of this year, according to reports.

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.

Android 4.1 is surprisingly already in use by around 1% of all Android devices, giving it a faster adoption rate than version 4.0, and so far the rollout seems to be problem-free. We'll see if that is able to continue.