Samsung Galaxy SII is one of the finest phone ever made by Samsung. It is this phone that won Samsung applause and cheers from the android community. Initially, it was launched with gingerbread edition of android OS. Lately, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was officially released for galaxy s2 worldwide gradually, but ICS on Galaxy S2 was not perfect. It was laggy and buggy. I hated Samsung for this but didn’t want to downgrade to gingerbread either because being a techie, I always want to get taste of the new and the latest flavor. Like all galaxy SII owners, I’ve been waiting for Jelly Bean firmware update for Galaxy S2 officially from Samsung. Now, it is here. It is not yet live. If you connect your galaxy s2 phone on your computer, you won’t find any firmware update, but thanks to Sam mobile, they’ve leaked official Jelly Bean firmware for Samsung Galaxy SII. I’ve already flashed my phone with it, and boy do I need to say, Jelly Bean makes my s2 alive and rocking again. I feel as if my 1 year old handset is new and modern still. Android 4.1.2 i.e. Jelly bean firmware for Samsung Galaxy S2 addresses all problems and bugs which we used to face on ICS firmware. A lot of things have improved and the UI seems flawless, butter smooth and appealing. Excited? Lets head over to flashing guide below so that you could also get your hands on Jelly Bean goodness on your Galaxy S2 smartphone.
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- Fully charged Samsung Galaxy S2 phone (GT-I9100) – Be serious. Do not flash unless your phone has 70% + battery capacity.
- Backup contacts, messages, everything else. – This time, backing up is necessary unless you want to end up being a fool like me. I’ve never cared to take backups before flashing my phone and I never ran into problems after flashing because all my apps, settings, data remained safe, but not this time. Unlike other firmwares, flashing Jelly Bean firmware will cause factory reset. This firmware flashing will not wipe your stored multimedia files like captured pics, videos, etc, but will wipe your apps, settings, messages, contacts and other related data.
- USB Data Cable
Flash Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware
- Download Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware for Samsung Galaxy S2 from here. The given link supports resume and the filesize is of about 481 MB so grab few cups of coffee while the download completes. (Courtesy – Android Advices for uploading it to Google Docs).
- Switch off your Galaxy S2 phone. Now press volume down + home (center physical button) + power button simultaneously to boot the phone in Download mode. Press volume up to confirm. Now insert the usb cable into phone and plug it in usb port of your computer.
- If samsung kies program launches, exit it (from system tray also).
- Extract the downloaded folder. Launch ODIN program in it. ODIN will show one box in yellow color with appropriate port number.
- Now click on PDA and select CODE_I9100XXLSJ.tar
- Click on Phone button and select MODEM_I9100XXLS6.tar
- Click on CSC button and select CSC_HOME_OXX_I9100OXXLS1.tar
- Now click on Start button and wait patiently. This is major switch from ICS to Jelly Bean and hence would take time to update.
- After some time, your phone will restart. Do not unplug the phone from computer. During restart, it might take several minutes (Do not worry or panic. You’re not stuck. Your phone is not bricked.). Have patience.
- After successful flashing, ODIN will display status as PASS. in green colored box. Now you can safely unplug the phone.
- Your Galaxy S2 phone will start a set up wizard in which you’ll have to select the desired preference, set up your samsung and google account, connect to internet restore your phone from the connected google account. (When asked to select country or language, scroll down the list carefully. Your country is there. In my case as I am from India, I didn’t find my country name in the list until I scrolled down and saw that my country name is given in hindi language at the bottom and therefore not located between I and J in the countries list.)
- You’ll also be asked whether you want to enable Easy home screen mode. I didn’t enable this since this is meant for newbies who are not familiar with android OS. (You can change the mode later also).
- You’ll also get free 50GB of dropbox storage for 2 years if you sign up there from your Samsung Galaxy S2 phone. After sign up, launch dropbox app on your phone. You’ll then receive an email to claim 48 GB of additional storage. Access the link given in the email from the computer and complete any of the 4 compulsory steps given there. After you’ve completed a particular step, to see if your completed step is verified, valid and to proceed to the next step, click on the claim space link given in the email again to reach back to the original page so that you could complete the remaining required steps to get total of 50GB space for free in your dropbox account.
Other useful features include shortcuts on lockscreen to directly launch a particular application when unlocking screen, blocking mode, scrollable notification buttons for quick toggling of useful functions, bigger and detailed display of notices in notification, a widget tab in the apps/menu list, new gallery view, new music player widget, very smooth and attractive UI with easy navigation, etc. Several other new features, improvements and options are there. Watch Video on Jelly Bean Android Review on Samsung Galaxy S2. We hope Android 4.2 shall also make its way on galaxy s2 in near future. If you’ve any questions to ask, or facing any problem, feel free to put it in comments as we reply personally to every comments.