Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 Previewed on Galaxy S II

Here’s another reason why you should still hang on to your Galaxy S II. Even though the device first made its debut two years ago last year, the once cutting-edge Galaxy S II will get one of Android’s latest OS, the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 and all of its delicious awesomeness including Project Butter to improve graphics performance, a new and improved TouchWiz UI, Direct Call, AllShare Play, improved notification bar, Google Now, S-Cloud and — wait for it — Pop Up Play!

And it looks like the update is coming soon, if this leaked preview version is anything to go by. The best part is, if you’re familiar with rooting, you get this test firmware running on your Galaxy S II in a jiff. If you’re not a regular rooter but would still like to give the 4.1.2 version a go, we wouldn’t stop you but we would caution that there be perils in your journey, so be absolutely sure that you know the risks involve. Also, with any unfinished firmware, be ready to encounter bugs. Some could be minor while other could be as nasty as hell, so just be prepared for the worst and as always, backup your device.

Having said that, users already on the leaked firmware say that it is pretty stable and good enough for daily use — that’s encouraging. Also, rooting is not that difficult actually once you get the hang of it. It is actually one of the joys of owning and Android device. You should try it at least once (disclaimer: we are in no way responsible if while attempting to root, you loose your data or brick your device, so please be very careful ok.)

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Get the ROM here. Enjoy.