Although Google had launched its next generation of Jelly Bean more than a month ago, many Android users are still waiting for updates pertaining to Android 4.1. Samsung’s Galaxy S2 falls into this category, and it has just been announced that owners of the device may have to wait longer than expected.
According to Samsung news blog Sam Mobile, Galaxy S2 users may have to wait until January to get the long-awaited Android 4.1.2 update. Samsung Sweden originally said that the Jelly Bean upgrade would launch in October, and then pushed this date back to November shortly after. Android 4.1.2 failed to roll out in November, prompting Samsung Sweden to announce that it will launch in December.
Now, the third pushback has users believing that the update will hit the Galaxy S2 next month. Despite this delay, Sam Mobile reports that the open version of Android 4.1.2 is ready for European users.
Samsung Sweden has not officially disclosed any reasons for the delay, but the setback is believed to be caused by problems with its Exynos processors. This bug, which was just uncovered earlier this week, makes certain Samsung devices susceptible to malware and generally malicious apps. The Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note 2 have been cited as the biggest targets that are most vulnerable to this bug.
Due to these circumstances, some believe that developers could be putting their resources toward resolving these security issues before worrying about the next Jelly Bean upgrade.
Android 4.1.2 isn’t by any means a major update, but it does bring some new capabilities for uses. One such feature is the ability to expand and collapse notifications with one finger. This aligns with Samsung’s recent emphasis on multitasking, as the addition makes it easier to consume and dismiss information only using one hand.
The original Galaxy Note is also rumored to get this Android 4.1.2 update in January. While Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note users are left waiting for upcoming software improvements, Samsung’s most recent smartphone release will be receiving a noteworthy update today. The newly released upgrade for T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 2 brings the widely discussed multi-window feature to the 5.5-inch device. This allows owners to open more than one app at one time and run them simultaneously in separate windows on the home screen.
However, it has been reported that the Galaxy S2 can run this feature without the next Jelly Bean update. A multi-window mod is now available over at the XDA developers forum, but its important to remember that this will void the device’s contract.
Check out the video below to see the new notification feature that comes with Android 4.1.2.
Lisa Eadicicco is a reporter covering mobile technology and video games for The International Business Times. Lisa joined the editorial team at IBT in January 2012, and has...