Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Now Available

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I bet most Galaxy S II owners didn’t see this coming as T-Mobile updated the GSII support page this morning with the introduction of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. As the update is optional, the only installation method is through Samsung’s Kies software. The manual download to T989UVMC6 will enable Android 4.1.2 and weighs in around 756MB for the download. The Jelly Bean update features a speedier interface, a higher system frame rate combined with some architecture rework leading to a smoother Android experience.

Along with the speed improvements, Google adds a revamped home screen, improved keyboard and a full speech recognition system onboard each device with Google Now. Jelly Bean adds Offline Voice Typing, which allows for voice typing sans web connection. Speaking of voice search, Jelly Bean improves on voice searches with responds to inquiries being returned “much faster.”

As for homescreen management, the ability to move widgets around busy homescreens is now included. Sliding a widget around will allow for icons to automatically rearrange themselves around the resized widget. Pretty nifty if you like a lot on your homescreen.

The notifications tray received a major overhaul, with expanded Gmail notifications including richer previews of your unread messages. Most apps can now be accessed straight from notifications, without having to open the native apps themselves. A new priority system in notifications will allow more space on top versus other notifications below. Music can also be handled straight from the notifications screen as well. Google describes Jelly Bean notifications as “actionable, they expand and collapse, and they’re customizable.”

Fear not HTC One S owners, at some point before we reach a manned mission to Mars we’ll see your update hit the air.


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  • John Taylor

    Thanks for mentioning the missing HTC One S update. I think there is due credential here that deserves an article about missing planned updates etc.

  • tricky2000

    I had no problem with the upgrade process. However, has anybody else
    noticed that that the 5Ghz WiFi band now seems to be disabled? It was
    there for ICS but I can’t find the menu options to enable or disable the 5Ghz WiFi band in this build. I’m only connecting to my router on 2.4Ghz. I always used to be able to connect on the less crowded 5Ghz band.

  • ledon622

    Forgive me if I sound like a noob, but how do you shut down running apps with this new update? I updated yesterday and I can’t find the widget that shuts down apps that staying running in the background. Thank you.

  • Jamie Overman

    Is anybody else having trouble with Kies? It says I need to update Kies before I can update my phone but when I click to update Kies it closes and reloads and says something about kies tray agent. Any ideas?