T-Mobile Galaxy S II Jelly Bean update now available

April 8, 2013
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Samsung began rolling out Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S II back in February. The good news as of today, that update is now available for those with T-Mobile. The carrier has detailed the update process and two things stand out as needing to be known -- the update is large and it is not available over-the-air.

Details coming from T-Mobile note the update as being available only by way of Samsung Kies. The update measures in at 756MB in size, which probably speaks to the reason why the update is not available over-the-air. That speculation aside, the update will bring your Galaxy S II up to Android 4.1.2 and have it sitting with baseband version T989UVMC6.

Also, as the update is noted specifically as being "Kies only" we are not expecting an over-the-air option to arrive. That said, those with a Galaxy S II with T-Mobile can now update to the latest release. The carrier didn't offer a specific changelog for the update, however given we are seeing a jump from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean -- we know there are certain items you can look forward to seeing as a result.

One of those goodies includes Google Now. You will also get the improved notifications which means more information and more options directly from the drop-down notification shade. By this, you will now be able to see the full text of a text message or the full image from an MMS message as well as the recently added ability to reply and archive a Gmail message. Finally, this update will also bring the smoothness that comes along with Project Butter.

[via T-Mobile]

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  • Fredrico

    Excellent news but how can I possibly get this update?? I hate hate hate Kies. I have been fighting to get the stupid thing installed for 3 hours and now when I try to update the firmware, it downloads it, sits there at 100% for 10 minutes and then Kies just closes. It’s done this 6 times in a row. I’ve tried restarting, reinstalling, banging my head against a wall… nothing works. Please, someone, anyone, tell me how to get Kies to work.

    • Derek LaVone

      go to a T-mo store and they can do it for you.

  • Jack

    after updating to jelly bean 4.1.2 i haven’t been able to receive or send mms, how would i be able to fix this?