It’s no secret that Samsung has been extremely dominant when it comes to bringing Android to the masses via its Galaxy smartphone series. The Galaxy S 4 was released on April 26, 2013; the Galaxy S 3 on May 29, 2012; the Galaxy Note 2 on September 6, 2012 and the original Galaxy Note being released in October of 2011. All of these devices have certainly helped propel Samsung to be synonymous with Android, and a big part of that was its highly successful Galaxy S 2. Many owners are still latching onto the continually aging smartphone. Admittedly, I was guilty of the same thing with my Nexus S rooting. Thankfully, the beginning of 2013 year has proven that holding onto that ageless Galaxy phone was definitely a worthwhile idea.
Old, but Not Forgotten
In February of this year the Galaxy S2 received the much anticipated Android Jelly Bean update via the ever so skillful AOKP and CyanogenMod teams. Thanks to their handwork, owners were finally able to satisfy their sweet tooth and update their device without depending on Samsung. However, the higher ups at Samsung have decided to show their gratitude to their loyal consumers by offering an official version of Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. Unlike the ROMs released in February, this official update will give your Galaxy S 2 the same interface as the newer Galaxy S devices.
- Make sure that all of your contacts are stored onto your Gmail Account and not your phone. To be safe, export all of your contacts to your SD card (via a .csv file) so that you’ll have a backup.
- Look for apps that have built in features that will save your settings, such as Plume and Nova Launcher, in order to quickly restore your settings after your update.
- Use an app such as G Cloud Backup to restore text messages, call logs and more after you update your device
- Lastly, hook up your device to your computer and copy everything into a folder so that you have a backup of everything.
Techerudio has a great video on what the update process looks like.
Happy downloading and thank you Samsung for not forgetting about your customers.
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