The Samsung Galaxy S II i9100 is going to be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean — it’s just a matter of when.
Thanks to some crafty developers — and the fact that the Bell version is the popular international model — tweakers can try their hands at a new build of Android 4.1.2 for the i9100, which brings a number of new features to the TouchWIZ table.
The firmware, version I9300XXLSJ, appears to be relatively stable, with a few outstanding bugs that Samsung will likely overcome before launch. Improvements such as faster rendering speeds with Project Butter, Google Now, expandable notifications are present, along with an updated UI that aligns the phone with the Galaxy S III and Note II. Samsung has even added Pop Up Play, Smart Stay and Direct Call, so if you were wondering if they were hardware-specific, here’s your answer.
The OS must be installed using ODIN, Samsung’s Windows-only ROM flashing tool. It will wipe your device, so make sure to back up your files first, or make a Nandroid backup in recovery.
Head to XDA-Developers for all the details, including a torrent link to the files.