Updates are a welcome part of the smartphone experience. Since they only come once or twice a year (sometimes more), the excitement surrounding smartphone updates is contagious. If you are an AT&T customer and own Samsung’s Galaxy S2 smartphone, you most likely figured that the S2 would receive the Android 4.1 update. With AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular obtaining Jelly Bean updates for their Galaxy S3s, Galaxy S2 owners must have thought somewhere that there may be a chance for them to obtain the 4.1 update as well.
So far, that has not happened; rather, AT&T Galaxy S2 owners will receive a small update to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) by way of a 4.0.4 update. The Android 4.0.4 update brings some changes to the operating system. First, there are a few changes to icons, menus, and the web browser itself. Camera improvements are another part of the 4.0.4 update that provides more customizations for your photos as well as a better look. The 4.0.4 update will also update all Google applications, improve AT&T’s own applications and application launch, as well as increase Office365 security. Other features include performance enhancements to help your smartphone process applications better than before. Extra widgets will also come with the new update, providing for more customization of your Android phone than before. You can never get too many customizations!
Screen rotation is improved with the Android 4.0.4 update. There has always been something of a hesitation with screen rotation in Android phones, but this safety measure is in place to make sure that your phone does not rotate its screen haphazardly. Accidental touches and turns are given a few seconds in order to see whether or not you intended to turn your phone or not. There is also a brightness adjustment slider that ends up in the swipe window that lets you select menu functions when you swipe from up to down.
There are some caveats, however. According to one Galaxy S2 owner, the 4.0.4 update removed the brightness adjuster from his swipe-down window, while another said that there is still no shortcut action for a screen shot. I would suggest that the “palm shot” function is best for screenshots.
While AT&T Galaxy S2 owners are getting an Ice Cream Sandwich update here in the US, Galaxy S3 owners are getting the Premium Suite Update in the United Kingdom. The Premium Suite Upgrade comes with tech goodies such as Facebook Lock Ticker (which places your Facebook feeds on your lockscreen) and geotagging, which allows you to note details such as the place, time, location, and activity regarding each photo in your photo gallery. It has been said that the Android 4.0.4 update is the last go-round for the S2, since the update is incremental rather than large (as with the Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update). To acquire your Galaxy S2 update, go to your settings application and click on “software update” or add the “software update” widget to your home screen and touch the icon to begin the process.