Galaxy S II will in fact receive Jelly Bean

Posted by Mark Raby

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S II will receive the Android 4.1 update.

The latest version of Android, also known as Jelly Bean, has made its way to 1.2% of all Android devices. Clearly it still has a long way to go.

Although the Galaxy S III has been confirmed for an upgrade, there had been some speculation that the S II would not be eligible. Samsung put those worries to rest, though, and said it is only a matter of time.

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.

Samsung also confirmed that the update will be coming to the Galaxy Note phone and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet in the near future as well.