It looks like official updates for Samsung's highly popular Galaxy S II to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean have been delayed. We can't technically call it delayed since it wasn't announced, but previous reports had them coming before the end of the year and then delayed into early 2013. Back in December we mentioned they'd arrive in early 2013, and now reports have surfaced claiming the updates will start in February.
Samsung has been busy updating all of their Galaxy S III flagship phones and popular Note II's to the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Bringing new features and multi-window modes to the phones. While we doubt the Galaxy S II will get all the same features, Jelly Bean will be a huge improvement.
The folks from CNET are reporting that a Samsung rep confirmed the update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S II will start next month in Singapore, then roll out to other regions in the following weeks. Naturally, the update will arrive first for the international i9100 (with the physical home button) then roll out for all those US models at a later date.
Reports are also confirming this will not be available over-the-air as usual, and users will be required to update manually using Samsung Kies PC program. Most of the Galaxy S II line got ICS back in June and July, and it looks like February and March will be Jelly Bean time. It's nice to see Samsung keeping their promise and updating their highly popular devices. There's still millions of Galaxy S II users, so we're glad to see Samsung is working to deliver this update in a somewhat timely manor. Hit the links below for more details or to try out the recently leaked JB build.