Galaxy S2 confirmed for Jelly Bean update


Samsung's Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 are ready to receive the latest Android update

Samsung's Galaxy S3 is about to get a taste of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, according to SamMobile. The site just posted the first pre-release version of Jelly Bean, noting that the official update will be up for grabs soon. If you're a Galaxy S3 owner, you'll be able to score the update straight through KIES and over-the-air by the end of this month (no exact date on that yet, but we'll keep you posted).

If you absolutely can't hold out for the official update, you can test the Jelly Bean ROM; just keep in mind that this is a pre-release build and not an official Samsung update (Samsung is purportedly still super busy putting the finishing touches on the upgrade).

It should also be noted that running the test version on your phone will destroy your warranty and you'll be totally out of luck if your phone gets jacked up. But if you've got a backup, it might be worth a shot. Visible changes so far, as noted by SamMobile, include a new clock, a “dormant mode” function, new live wallpapers, “palm swipe” and faster access to Google Now.

The report also notes that an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update has been confirmed for the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Note, which are both expected to roll out sometime between September and October. Of course, plenty of Android-based handsets have been promised sweet updates in the past and have yet to receive them. As it goes with all things mobile, only time will tell.