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Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Test Builds Rolling Out

Last September the South Korea-based company promised that Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 will be update do Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. There’s almost half a year since Samsung made the announcement and the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for Galaxy Ace 2 is still nowhere to be found.

Even though there’s no word yet about the exact date when the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 will be updated to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, it seems that the firmware update is not far. The guys at SamMobile have received a couple of screenshots with a Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Of course, we are looking at some test builds, but this is great news for the owners of the popular mid-range smartphone, as it’s a clear sign that the update is right around the corner.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 was released in February 2012, running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Except for some Gingerbread builds the Galaxy Ace 2 haven’t made the jump to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Since Samsung Galaxy Ace is world’s third most popular Android-powered device, according to a study by Localytics, the South Korea-based company decided that the the successor of its popular mid-range smartphone should be among the terminals that receive the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update.

SamMobile also informs that the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 might receive the highly-anticipated software update sometime in March – April time frame.

Even though the software update will bring Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX user interface on the Galaxy Ace 2, the experience will be less richer than on the likes of Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.

Except from Samsung’s customizations, Android Jelly Bean will bring a lot of interesting treats on Galaxy Ace: Google Now, expandable notifications, smooth performance and menu transitions courtesy of Project Butter, a new lock screen and an improved notifications are a with new toggles.

The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update should also bring bug fixes and, most likely, an improved battery life for Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is 118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5 mm smartphone that weighs in 122 grams, boasting a 3.8-inch PLS TFT display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It also comes with a dual-core 800 MHz NovaThor U8500 CPU with Mail 400 GPU, 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage. The storage capacity can be expanded using a microSD card with support of up to 32 GB, while the connectivity features include WiFi in all standards, Bluetooth, microUSB, 3.5 mm audio jack, and HSDPA (up to 14.4 Mbps).

The mid-end smartphone offers a 5 megapixel camera on the back with LED flash and HD video recording, a front-facing VGA sensor, and a 1,500 mAh battery.

Are you eager to update your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean? Please let us know in the comments area.