Last Updated: April 26th, 2013

You know the spill by now: Samsung is pushing Jelly Beans to umpteen hundred Galaxy devices, yadda yadda yadda. Now, it's the Galaxy S II Skyrocket's turn. We haven't heard anything about this phone in some time, so to see this update make its way to the airwaves was quite a welcome surprise.


Like many of the Jelly Bean updates for other Galaxy devices, this one appears to be rolling out exclusively via Kies – at least for the time being. There's always the off chance that AT&T could start pushing it via OTA as well; if it's like the others however, it's nearly a gigabyte in size, so OTA may not be the best way to go.

But hey, look at the bright side: at least the update showed up, right? Hit the source link below for all the details.


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  • ProductFRED

    Surprising. But good on Samsung (and I guess AT&T).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Not that surprising, considering a bunch of other S IIs got JB recently too.

      • Samsung Fanboy

        go figure., the SIIs are getting JB but the Note is still on ICS.

        • jeff

          guess they are having a little trouble with it. ive had other brands of phones where the release firmware then the patch it like apple eg. id rather wait a little longer and have it be correct.

          • mark

            pfft they aren't having trouble with it, the international galaxy note had jelly bean for months now.

    • Steve Sy

      The S2 is still ridiculously capable. The resolution can be adjusted (if desired) with DPI changes. But you're right, it is surprising.

      • jeff

        my wife & daughter have the skyrocket runs amazingly fast even on ics. battery life is good my wife gets through the whole day. i replaced the battery on my daughters hers is good to . you are so right samsungs older and even the less expensive phones are good and im glade to see the updated them

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmlares Jessica Lares

    Yeah, I've had 4.2 on my Skyrocket for a few months now. It's not even my main phone anymore.

  • Sakshar Thakkar

    Waiting for i777 update :(

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      And it's live.

  • Samsung Fanboy

    I love how all these older AT&T phones are getting Jellybean yet my Note is still stuck on ICS. normally newer firmwares don't bother me but I want DashClock and it only works with 4.2.2

    • Jeremy Bryant

      My guess is that all of the specialized software on the Note is slowing down official updates. The SGSII lineup had a ton of straightforward bloatware that probably didn't pose much of a problem for updates (if this one even retains the bloat).

  • Jeremy Bryant

    I was hoping the next Skyrocket update would be 4.2.2. I've been running Jedi Jelly ROM based on the previous 4.1.2 leak for a while now... oh well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/felderga Gary Felder

    Where is the update for the Galaxy Note i717? All of the international versions have it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tac1000 Tom Campbell

    The upgrade to my Skyrocket went pretty smoothly. It was effectively a complete wipe and reload - it wanted to backup contents to the ATT service beforehand, which then was impossible to log into after the upgrade to reset the phone's contents (weird server password blockage). I have no idea why it would need to do a wipe and reload, but it wouldn't let me get into the phone without (attempting) to go the the ATT site afterward to resync.
    Thankfully, I synced locally before the upgrade and was able to reload apps and content from that.
    Post-upgrade, all apps were gone from the screens and I had to rebuild screens and widgets, although they were still on the phone's master app listing of course..
    I found that the widget for AT&T Messages App (Ver no longer shows the number of unread text, VM, etc messages on the screen - one of the nice features that used to let you know when you had VM and texts waiting without having to open the app. I hope they fix that soon!