Samsung Galaxy S II updated: Swype swiftness, auto-brightness fix

May 13, 2011

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Samsung's Galaxy S II may be fresh to the market, but that hasn't stopped the company's engineers from pushing out updates. In fact, we've seen two firmware updates arrive through Samsung's Kies app in short order, bringing the GSII up to i9100XWKE2.

The first left Swype more responsive and apparently also addressed some connectivity issues, while the second fixed the Galaxy S II's automatic brightness. The firmware is also rootable, which is good news for those looking forward to all the third-party hacks we're promised.

You'll need to hook your Galaxy S II up to Kies in order to download the update - we've tried through the smartphone's onboard firmware update tool, and it can't find any new builds. Let us know how you get on in the comments, and if you're still on the fence regarding the GSII then check out our full review!


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  • M_arra

     GS2 is getting firmware updates while its still not released in my country..:((((((((((((

  • Anonymous

    GS2 is getting firmware updates while the GS is still not in my country..:(((((((((((((( 

  • To root it you will need to use ODIN to flash insecure kernel, and then root, then flash back the original KE2 kernel. Annoying but it works 🙂

  • Wow this phone is getting ALOT of attention lately.I updated my firmware last night and doing it now again lol

  • Bart

    I love mine 🙂

  • Vikram

     When is this phone releasing in India?

  •  Hey when will this phone release in Hong Kong? I can’t wait it D= , my dad said he will buy one for me if i get a good result in the following exam, but it is impossible =[

  •  Hey when will this phone release in Hong Kong? I can’t wait it D= , my dad said he will buy one for me if i get a good result in the following exam, but it is impossible =[

  • J R

    Samsung missed the HUGE bug in sgs 2:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1070324

  • J R

    Samsung missed the HUGE bug in sgs 2:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1070324

  • J R

    Samsung missed the HUGE bug in sgs 2:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1070324

  • Newbie

     I am new to android, how do you update the firmware via kies

    • mossus

      “cyanogen”  google that term

  •  The update doesn’t reached my mobile phone yet

  • seems like s2 is to receive some serious updation in future, it is hardly days and there is flurry of updates already. however it is of course for the best, remember htc sensation is just coming out…..