Android 4.1 Jelly Bean goes live for Samsung Galaxy S2 in UK and Europe

The patience of Samsung Galaxy S2 owners seems to have been rewarded, with news breaking today that a long-awaited Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update has finally made its way to the popular 2011 handset.

Reports began emerging yesterday that the international variant of the device, the GT-I9100, was being introduced to Jelly Bean across many European territories, and we're pleased to announce that the UK appears to be at the party.

Citing an email from a reader, Know Your Mobile has confirmed that Android 4.1 is available OTA for Galaxy S2 users with unlocked devices. Those S2 users tied to a network will have to wait until their carrier clears the update - hopefully a matter of days rather than weeks.

Those wishing to bring their rooted S2 up-to-speed are advised to check out Team Android's helpful Galaxy S2 firmware update guide.

Galaxy S2 owners making the switch will find a bevy of improvements and new features at their fingertips, including performance enhancements courtesy of Project Butter and access to the Google Now intelligent search assistant.

Despite being two-generations old once Samsung launches the Galaxy S4 in the near future, the 4.3in S2 is still an eminently respectable device, featuring a dual-core 1.2GHz Exynos chipset, 8-megapixel camera, and up to 32GB of on-board storage plus a microSD card slot.