Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Update for Samsung Galaxy S II Plus rolling out in Germany, Original Galaxy S II further Android Updates Cancelled

Saturday, August 3, 2013

/ by Aman Banka
Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S II Plus in Germany, making it the first Samsung smartphone to receive Android 4.2.2 update after launching all their this year smartphones with 4.2.2 pre-installed. This news might disappoint the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II owners. Samsung Galaxy S II Plus was officially announced this year in January with Android 4.1.2 JB installed. The update is available via Kies and OTA (as reported). If you are still waiting for 4.2.2 OTA update then its better you try out the Kies software.

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

The update brings new build number which is I9105PXXUBMG8. The official change-log is not yet available from Samsung, but as we know the update brings Android 4.2.2, then we may obviously see the all new Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 Interface, lock-screen widgets, expandable notifications, daydream screensaver mode, user interface improvements, performance enhancements and some of the features from the Galaxy S4 as well. 

The update is currently limited to Germany only but we expect to see the roll-out in more countries over the next few weeks. There is no specific reason on why Samsung updated the Galaxy S II Plus to Android 4.2.2 first. According to us, there can be two reasons behind this update,

  1. Samsung is using a not-so-important device in the lineup to test how Android 4.2.2 works
  2. The rumours of the Galaxy S III and Note II getting updated directly to Android 4.3 are true
In related, according to Sammobile, Samsung is going to/has dumped the further Android updates of Galaxy S II due to problems in adjusting the TouchWiz UI. Samsung Galaxy S II is a two year old device and has already got two major Android updates, Android 4.0.4 ICS and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. But, Galaxy S II Plus and Galaxy S II has same resolution, so its easy for Samsung to release the update on Galaxy S II also.

So, the question is, What is the actual reason behind this decision? or Samsung will give a surprise to S II owners with updating the device to 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

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Source - Sammobile (1, 2)
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