International Galaxy S II’s Jelly Bean Upgrade With New TouchWiz UI Begins Its Rollout

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The Samsung Galaxy S II’s Jelly Bean upgrade has finally begun its rollout in Spain today, reaching international handsets with the GT-I9100 model number. In addition to new Jelly Bean features like Google Now and Project Butter, the software brings Samsung’s latest “TouchWiz Nature UX,” which has been gracing the Korean company’s latest devices since the Galaxy S III launched in May 2012.

The update is based on Android 4.1.2 — not Android 4.2 — so it’s isn’t quite the latest version of Google’s platform. Having said that, you’re not going to be disappointed with all the features and improvements this software brings. Sure, it may not feature Daydream and lock screen widgets, but there’s plenty more to enjoy.

You’ll now have access to Google Now, Google’s intelligent personal assistant; as well as Project Butter, which will make your handset noticeably smoother and snappier. One of the biggest changes, however, is with Samsung’s new TouchWiz Nature UX. This replaces the Galaxy S II’s old TouchWiz 4 UI, and it’s a huge improvement; your handset’s software will now look more like the Galaxy S III’s software.

It’ll also have some of the Galaxy S III’s features, such as Direct Call, Smart Stay, and Pop-Up Play.

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The update is currently reaching Galaxy S II handsets in Spain, so we’re expecting it to reach other handsets in Europe in the coming weeks — pending carrier approval. It may be a little longer than that before it arrives in the U.S., but at least we know it’s on its way.

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