With the announcement of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O, our smartphone-crazed brethren have finally gotten over their fixation with Ice Cream Sandwich and are already looking forward to details as to when Jelly Bean will get released, if it will, to most of the high-end smartphones currently available in the market today. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, being a Google developer device, has already been slated to get upgraded to the latest version of the Google mobile operating system but aside from that, there are still no available details about other handsets that will get the Android 4.1 refresh.
Be that as it may, since the release of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the boys and girls of the developer communities have already been hard at work to get the latest Android version ported to several of the superphones in the market today. In fact, in just a couple of days, our developer friends already managed to get JB ported to the HTC One X via a custom ROM.
After the HTC One X got its unofficial taste of Jelly Bean, it was the Samsung Galaxy S III’s turn to get a feel of what Jelly Bean brings to the table in the same unofficial manner. Of course, it is only understable that both custom ROMs that made it to the two superphones are still in their early versions and still too buggy to be used as daily drivers. In fact, the developers who managed to come up with the said ROMs have confirmed that a lot of things are still not working and the two ROMs still need a lot of ironing, so to speak.
With the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III already getting an unofficial taste of Jelly Bean, we go further down the line and see the Samsung Galaxy S II get its own custom Jelly Bean ROM. Similar to the ports that went to the two quad-core powered superphones, the Galaxy S II’s port of Jelly Bean is not advisable for daily use as of yet because of the same reasons mentioned above. The list of things still not working on the Samsung Galaxy S II are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, camera, audio and several other things. However, the things that do work include device boot, LED notification, SD card, ADB, vibration, network data and logcat.
At this point, we are still not sure if the Samsung Galaxy S II will get upgraded to Jelly Bean but this doesn’t change the fact that the handset is still a capable device. It has an Exynos chipset powering its operations and this SoC gives the Samsung Galaxy S II a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor running at 1.2 GHz and 1GB of RAM. The storage space of the device ranges from 16GB to 64GB with an option to have this beefed up. Its claim to fame however is its glorious 4.3-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with its resolution of 480 x 800 pixels while its camera department equips the handset with a rear-facing 8MP shooter and a front-facing 2MP snapper. Buy the Samsung Galaxy S II starting at one penny.