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Samsung Galaxy S2 to Receive Android Jelly Bean 4.1

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Certain Galaxy S3 features will be incorporated into the device's predecessor.

Samsung has confirmed that its Galaxy S2 will receive the Android Jelly Bean 4.1 update. Although it failed to mention when the upgrade will become available for the device, it did reveal details on the forthcoming update, and both Google Now and Android Project Butter will be included.

Also on the way is built-in Google+ compatibility, Google Play Books and Google Play Movies. The update itself will take up to 1 GB of storage on the Galaxy S2 due to a new system partition.

Samsung also said several features introduced in the Galaxy S3 will make its way to the the S2. The Smart Stay feature, for one, prevents the screen from timing out when a user is viewing it. The Camera app, meanwhile, will allow users to pause recordings.

The smartphone will also receive the Pop-Up Play functionality, which delivers the ability to continue playing a video while emailing, texting, browsing the web, or performing other similar activities.

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    kryzzay , January 7, 2013 9:05 PM
    Good news!
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    dark_knight33 , January 7, 2013 9:07 PM
    Yeah, unless you are on VZW. In that case, the update will come by about the time your display fails due to old age, and 5 gens of phones have been released. Thank XDA for good alternatives.
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    back_by_demand , January 7, 2013 9:19 PM
    Hahaha, deleted first post, I guess it's not just swearing that gets a banhammer but daring to question a slow news day on the business tech event in the world
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    dragonsqrrl , January 7, 2013 10:05 PM
    dark_knight33Yeah, unless you are on VZW. In that case, the update will come by about the time your display fails due to old age, and 5 gens of phones have been released. Thank XDA for good alternatives.

    Verizon really is pretty terrible about updates, and Verizon + Motorola is the absolute worst in the industry. Lucky me, I have a Motorola Droid 3 on Verizon. Lo and behold, stuck on Android 2.3. Maybe this might begin to change now that Google owns Motorola, but I haven't seen any evidence of it yet.
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    Anonymous , January 7, 2013 10:20 PM
    The 5 people that still have a S2 are happy about this news...
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    keither5150 , January 7, 2013 10:25 PM
    My wife will have her S2 until her term is up in 9 months. The camera app with video pause is a great idea. It works awesome on my Note2. I wish my camcorder had this feature. Get your update from Kies.

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    edwilson , January 7, 2013 11:55 PM
    hey will this fix the soon to be infamous sleep of death on the s2 that MANY people are having..?
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    joytech22 , January 8, 2013 12:12 AM
    edwilsonhey will this fix the soon to be infamous sleep of death on the s2 that MANY people are having..?


    The technical term for that is called "a flat battery".
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    bisso , January 8, 2013 1:03 AM
    I had 4.1 on my GS2 for about a month now...?
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    reprotected , January 8, 2013 3:18 AM
    soldier2013The 5 people that still have a S2 are happy about this news...

    I'm disappointed because I have to go onto Kies and update from there.
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    Anonymous , January 8, 2013 4:09 AM
    just unlock the bootloader and flash a decent rom that already has the "features" you "need"

    don't forget to take a backup so you can fool the RMA people if you physically break your device
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    bluestar2k11 , January 8, 2013 4:33 AM
    I can live with this, as long as it doesn't completely stop all my current apps from working. i hate when it does that. The last update stopped several of my programs and soundboards from working properly. (They still don't ;; )

    Seeing as my S2 isn't even a year old yet, i'm happy to see it still getting support, even if only once in awhile.
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    kartu , January 8, 2013 6:37 AM
    My Galaxy Tab 10.1 (first version) just got updated to 4.x. Good job, Samsung!
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    chocostain , January 8, 2013 8:35 AM
    Oh lala. Good job on the update! Been waiting for this.
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    catfishtx , January 8, 2013 12:15 PM
    Cool. My son and I both have S2 Skyrockets, so this is good for us. My daughter is still waiting on 4.1 on her Note. Hopefully this upgrade will not take as long as the upgrade to 4.0.
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