The long-awaited T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is now available through Samsung Kies which means that owners of the aging Galaxy S2 smartphone can now finally make the upgrade from the lesser Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google’s aging version of Jelly Bean.
Just a short time after Sprint became the first big name U.S. carrier to roll out its Samsung Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean update, and just after Virgin Mobile released its Android 4.1 update for the Galaxy S2. T-Mobile has released its Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade which is now available through Samsung’s software, Samsung Kies. The update is evidently only available through Kies which means that users are going to need to download it and install the software through a PC.
This is because it’s a massive update, checking in at well over 700MB in size. That means that Galaxy S2 users on T-Mobile should be patient when installing the new software as it could take some time.
The software, once downloaded and installed, will replace the aging Ice Cream Sandwich operating system with a host of new functionality and features including all of the features of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as well as Samsung’s Nature UX user interface.
What this means is that users are going to not only get access to features like Google Now, a new smoother interface, improved Calendar and Browser and better widgets, but it also means that the Galaxy S2 will now have access to such Samsung software features as Pop Up Video which is a fantastic feature for multitasking.
T-Mobile becomes the latest U.S. carrier to deliver Android 4.1 to the Galaxy S2 leaving only a handful waiting for the update. AT&T, U.S. Cellular and Verizon are leading up the rear and none of them have announced specific release dates for their Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean updates.
Verizon typically is last due to extensive testing while U.S. Cellular, in this case, could be far behind as it was last in delivering the Galaxy S2 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update.