February 19, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Android version 4.2.2 of Jelly Bean has arrived on the Nexus line up’s door step. That can mean only one thing: It is time to cue the onslaught of mainstream technology journalist statements about the “fragmentation” of Android. They proclaim this fragmentation hurts Android, that non standardized hardware and different OEM customized versions of Android will be the downfall of Google’s mobile operating system. These people have perhaps drank a bit too much iKool-Aid.
The different options of Android handsets are what make Android a success. If I want a 5.5 inch phone screen, there is the Samsung Galaxy Note II. If I want a water and dust proof phone, there is the Sony Xperia Z. If I want a phone that I cannot unlock and has some of the most difficult bootloaders to crack, there is almost every Motorola and HTC device. In this episode XDA Developer Producer azrienoch gives us the 5 myths of the custom OEM Android software ecosystem.
Well, it’s been a long time coming. But after a whole load of nay-saying, conjecture, and incessant optimism, Samsung Galaxy S II owners can finally grab hold of a leaked Samsung test build of Android 4.1.
Although Jelly Bean has been available for the Galaxy S II for some time now, there’s been no sign of a version from Samsung. But thanks to XDA Forum Member izap, build XXLSJ based on Android 4.1.2 is now available to download. The build features the latest version of TouchWiz known as Nature UX, which will give your Galaxy S II something of an S III look and feel. And to quote one user - “It’s freaking smoooooooooooth…”
So far the general feedback seems to be quite positive, and it looks like the i9100 is handling the transition to an official version of Jellybean quite well. You’ll need to be familiar with Odin to flash this latest build, as there’s currently no flashable .zip available. If you’re not familiar with Odin, I’d strongly suggest you read up first to save yourself from running into trouble further down the line.
If you want to take this build for a spin, check out the original forum thread for the details and those all important download links.