The Samsung Galaxy S2 is one of the most popular smartphones of all time, so it’s millions of owners will be pleased to know that the handset has been confirmed to receive an update to the latest Android Jellybean operating system. This comes only a short while after the handset received an update to the current version called Ice Cream Sandwich.
At the moment, around 1.2% of Android smartphones run the Android Jellybean OS. However, this is going to increasing when it gets rolled out to the popular Samsung Galaxy S3. Samsung has not forgotten about last year’s flagship smartphone though, as it has officially announced that the Galaxy S2 will also be receiving the latest update to the Android OS.
The update to Android Jellybean will by no means be as significant as the previous update to ICS. The difference between the Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich platforms was fast, whereas the differences between ICS and Jellybean are likely to be much more subtle. Changes to the user interface will not be as noticeable, with the bulk of the update bringing about performance enhancements. Among these will be improved NFC functionality, new homescreen widgets and expandable notifications, and a likely facelift to the onscreen QWERTY keyboard.
Once you have carried out an update to Android Jellybean on your Galaxy S2, you will find it much easier to share photos using NFC. To do this you will simply be required to hold your phone close to another NFC compatible device.
Of course, some other Samsung handsets will also be receiving the Android Jellybean update. The South Korean manufacturer’s current flagship the Galaxy S3 will of course get the Jellybean treatment, as will the Galaxy Note 10.1.
As of yet, there is no exact date for the launch of the Jellybean update but it is expected to take place over the next couple of weeks.