We heard a rumor a little while a go that the Galaxy S II would be getting a Jelly Bean Update around Q4 this year, well it seems as though you can download a near to perfect test release of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S II.

SamMobile have some instructions for how to go about flashing your Galaxy S II, with the test version of Android 4.1.2. You don’t need to have a rooted handset to do this, but you do need to be comfortable with applying un-official firmware to your handset. As usual, caveat emptor — we don’t take any responsibility if you manage to stuff your phone by doing this.

However, from our own experience, we can say that flashing a Galaxy S II really isn’t that difficult a task, and in most instances, a bungled flash can be recovered from. We recommend doing a backup first, of course.

For those who wish to wait for the official full release of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, from the looks of the test firmware leak, it shouldn’t be long before Samsung release the update officially through Kies or via OTA.

Source(s): SamMobile
Thanks: Bojan Smojver.
  • Xfercns

    Not sure if others got this but, did you notice you got 48GB of Dropbox space (for 24months) when you setup your S2 after installing this? :-) not complaining or anything!

  • http://samsung-updates.com/ Krzysztof Bryk

    source is xda developers you idiots

  • Daniel

    So the SII owners are eventually going to get JellyBean whilst the SII4G owners are still stuck on Gingerbread… /rant

  • NOZ

    Have been testing it with multi window etc and its pretty smooth. I can see times where it comes in handy. Limites multi window apps ans so far i can only get it to work with touchwiz as default launcher kinda sux as i prefer apex. Ah well

    • NOZ

      Sorry…i thought this was s3…my bad.

  • Benjamin Dobell

    You do not need a rooted device in order to flash firmware, that statement is incorrect. Odin and Heimdall (my open source cross platform firmware flashing suite) work just fine on any device without a locked bootloader (only a problem in the US)

    • http://ausdroid.net/ Chris (Deputy Editor)

      Thanks Ben, fixed.

    • Adam Ricket

      aah thanks for that, i wasn’t too sure as i don’t have an S II