The owners of the GT-I9100 have a new reason to cheer, after the South Korea-based phone maker officially announced that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S2 is in the works and it will be launched soon.

For the time being, only 1.2% of the Android-powered terminals are running on Jelly Bean 4.1, the firmware version that will soon be rolled out for the recently-launched Samsung flagship, Galaxy S3. The South Koreans aren't forgetting about their old customers, therefore the Samsung Galaxy S2 will soon be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Compared to the jump between the Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean can be considered a minor update, which mostly brings performance improvements and minor user interface changes, like a new set of widgets for the Homescreen, expandable notifications and a more user-friendly gallery app.

The list of new features also includes a redesigned keyboard and improved functionality for NFC connections. Therefore after updating your Samsung Galaxy S2 to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean you will be able to initiate photo sharing sessions by simply touching another NFC-friendly smartphone.

Next to Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy S2, the Asian company has also confirmed that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update will be available for the first generation Galaxy Note and for the new Galaxy Note 10.1.

Samsung Galaxy S2 was introduced last year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and was launched in April 2011 running Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. Samsung Galaxy S2 sports a dual-core 1.2 GHz Exynos processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage and an 8 megapixel camera with full HD video recording capabilities.

Therefore, if you are the lucky owner of a Samsung Galaxy S2 you should be able to update your smartphone to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean over the next couple of weeks. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S2 should be available OTA and via KIES.

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