Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Rolls Out For Sprint Samsung Galaxy S2

After months of waiting, Samsung Galaxy S2 users on Sprint’s network will finally be able to update their devices to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The anticipated update brings a slew of new improvements such as Google Now support, offline voice typing, and a smoother user interface known as “Project Butter.”

Google unveiled its Jelly Bean operating system last spring at its annual I/O conference and debuted the software on its flagship line of Nexus devices. Carriers and manufacturers have been slowly rolling out the update ever since, but Jelly Bean still only accounts for roughly 16 percent of all active Android devices. According to the Android Developer Dashboard, Android 4.1 comprises 14.9 percent of the Android market place while the newer Android 4.2 accounts for 1.6 percent.

While the jump to Android 4.1 will be a welcome upgrade for Galaxy S2 owners, it’s still one generation behind the most current version of the software. Android 4.2, which was introduced in November, brings a redesigned camera app and improved Web browser performance among other additions to Android devices.

Sadly, 4.2 Jelly Bean may be the last new version of Android that the Galaxy S2 will ever see. Samsung news blog Sam Mobile claims to have snagged a list of devices that will not be upgraded to Android 5.0, and the Galaxy S2 was among those smartphones. This hasn’t been confirmed and can only be considered rumor at this point, but the Android 4.1 update comes just shy of a year after it was initially introduced. 

Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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  1. Michael Says:

    Does this mean Boost Mobile will receive the update?

  2. Dennis Says:

    I rcvd a bstmsg message on my phone. I did the update on my boost service but now it is wiped out and sprint has taken over. I don’t have boost hotspot, which I pay extra for. What happened to the boost apps ?

  3. Cha Deh Says:

    how long does the update take from your computer to the phone?

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