Galaxy S 2 is the one most selling mobile device from Samsung and if you are a Galaxy S2 GT I9100 than here is a good new for you. Samsung officially released the new Android 4.1.2 XWLS8 Official Firmware for Galaxy s 2 Mobile device. The update comes with lots of improvement and features.
The new update is rolled out by Samsung in some selected countries European countries including the UK, both as Over-The-Air (OTA) update and through Samsung KIES. You can also manually update your device easily by following the below tutorial
Android 4.1.2 XWLS8 Official Firmware Details:
Regions Supported: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
Some new Features of Official Android 4.1.2 XWLS8 Firmware:-
1. Smooth performance and great stability
2. Improved Camera features
3. TouchWiz Nature UX
4. Samsung’s S Cloud services
5. New Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
6. New Widgets (From Galaxy S3)
7. Free50GB Dropbox Storage
8. 2 Home screen modes
9. New Notification bar with more Notification Toggles and lots more.
NOTE: This Firmware is only compatible with the international variant – Galaxy S2 I9100 – model only and will not work with any other device.
Use these instructions at your own risk. Make sure that you have the latest Samsung USB Drivers installed on your PC
How to Install Android 4.1.2 XWLS8 Official Firmware on Galaxy S2 GT I9100
Step 1. Enable USB Debugging option from the Android Development menu. (“Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”, enable the USB Debugging). Also make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level.
Step 2. Take the Full backup of your device. Here are some free android backup apps.
Step 4. Switch off the phone and enter into Download mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down and Home buttons together and then simultaneously hit Power button till the construction Android robot icon with a triangle appears on screen. Tap the Power button again to confirm entry into Download Mode. Or see this post How to Enter Recovery Mode on any Android Device.
Step 5. Now go to your PC and run the ODIN app that you downloaded on Step 3.
Step 6. connect your device to the computer with the help of original USB cable. Now you will see that the ID : COM Section in ODIN will turn Yellow. That means your phone is connect with the ODIN.
Step 7. Click on “PDA” to select and browse for the firmware file that you extracted from the update package in step 3.
Step 8. Leave everything as is in Odin, do not eanble any other option there. Make sure the “Re-partition” option is not ticked.
Step 9. Now click on the start button and firmware update process will stat in a few seconds and it will take some time to update.
Step 10.Once the update is complete the device will restart and now you can unplug the device from the PC.
That’s it now Galaxy S2 is successfully updated with he latest Android 4.1.2 XWLS8 official firmware. Go to Settings > About phone to verify the firmware version installed.