Samsung’s Galaxy S2 smartphone won’t be updated to the latest version of Android, with the South Korean electronics firm reportedly choosing not to refresh the device going forwards.
The company’s 2011 flagship smartphone will not be updated to Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS due to problems configuring it with Samsung’s own TouchWiz user interface.
Instead, the device will continue to run the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS that it received in March of this year, though it should be said that 4.2.2 Jelly Bean isn’t the largest of updates.
More bad news for owners of old Samsung devices is that the original Galaxy Note, which carried the same hardware as the Galaxy S2, may be another device that is stuck running 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The news that Samsung is dropping future updates to the Galaxy S2 will be a blow to consumers looking to pick up a bargain smartphone that continues to run one of the latest incarnations of the popular OS.
The Galaxy S2 hit the headlines ever since the South Korean firm released the device in 2011. Apple and Samsung fought a long legal battle over patents and the Galaxy S2 was one device that featured prominently in a case that eventually saw Apple awarded over $1 billion [£630 million] in damages.
Things were rosier in 2011 when the Galaxy S2 beat out competition from Apple’s iPhone 4 as it was named T3’s ‘Phone of the Year’. At the time Luke Peters, editor of T3, called it “a gorgeous looking phone with slick operation, a great social hub and the best camera on any smartphone to date."
In better news for Samsung smartphone owners, the Galaxy S Plus is rumoured to be receiving the new update and the Galaxy S3 can now be picked up for a relatively affordable price since the release of the Galaxy S4.