Samsung Galaxy S2 to remain on 4.1.2 due to problems with TouchWiz

July 31, 2013
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The future might not be that bright for what was once Samsung's impressive flagship devices, contrary to an earlier leak. If this new information is to be believed, the Samsung Galaxy S2 will not be receiving an upgrade to Android 4.2.2 and will hence be stuck with 4.1.2.

Earlier this year, a pre-list was leaked indicating which Samsung devices will be getting upgrades to which Android versions. The list included, under the section for 4.2.2 updates, the Galaxy S2 as well as the Galaxy Note. Both devices have already enjoyed a rather long upgrade journey from Android 2.3.6 to 4.0.4 to 4.1.2. Naturally, owners were overjoyed at the thought of once again getting updates for these devices.

But as with any pre-release information, things may not go as intended. It seems that adjustment problems in Samsung's custom TouchWiz interface has left the manufacturer with no choice but to scrap that plan and keep the Galaxy S2 on its current Android version. The Galaxy S2 Plus, on the other hand, was confirmed to get a 4.2.2 update soon.

This might not actually be that surprising in a world that churns out new smartphone models almost every year, leaving older models to bite the dust. Motivation to update these devices might also not be that high considering the recently released Galaxy S4, which spawned a whole series of S4 devices, and a soon to be released Galaxy Note III. But still, despite the fact that 4.2.2 was not really a huge update, this news might still disappoint some people.

SOURCE: Connect
VIA: SamMobile


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  • Steve Wright

    To be honest I’m just mighty impressed it got to 4.1.2!

    • Juan Carlos Torres

      I agree. That’s quite an achievement for a device that started out with 2.3 Gingerbread.

      • Cal Rankin

        Agreed. the only other devices that come to mind are the Nexus S and Motorola Droid RAZR.

  • Chuleta

    BOOOOOO

  • RSerda

    no biggie.. i had just updated my S2, just to get it on JB… even though it was decommissioned when i got my Nexus 4 about 6 months ago… it had been getting bad about overheating and rebooting incessantly until I removed the battery and hit it with some canned air to cool it back down.
    My wife had been using my old Captivate (1st gen Galaxy S).. as her intro to the NON flip phone genre… but it too was underpowered and starting the “Samsung Shuffle” of rebooting randomly!?!

    SO to make a long story short.. we used the S2 as a trade fodder towards an S4… in Garnet Red, we were going to get an S3 in Red, (didn’t want to drop 199 ont the S4), but the ATT guy said they would give us $100 buck in trade for an old smartphone.. so she ended up upgrading to the S4.. and my S2 when to the happy refurb place in the sky… she loves her S4.. (after using the N4… the TouchWiz is so jakey to navigate!?!)

  • LeonIrv

    No prob. The Galaxy S2 is one of the strongest supported smartphones (if not the strongest) by the modding communities, I’m sure they’ll find a way to keep on updating it at least as far as 4.3 goes, and I bet they’ll keep on doing it even after crossing the Android 5.0 finish line =D
    After all, the Galaxy S2 continues to be a kickass smartphone, even today.

    • rushit

      nice