Amid rumors regarding the Galaxy Note 2‘s debut at the 2012 IFA in Berlin this August, several posts are pointing fingers at the Samsung Galaxy S2’s low resolution display which may be the reason behind the phone’s hazy path towards the Jelly Bean upgrade.
The Galaxy S2 — despite being dethroned by its successor — the Galaxy S3. Is still a dream to use thanks to the legendary 1.2 GHz Exynos 4210 processor. Surely no one would have thought that Galaxy S2 will be having any sort of ‘hardware limitation’ issues from the device’s performance front, a lot of people are still buying the S2 since they’re complacent that the phone is still good for at least another version or two of the Android OS. But what’s surprising is, the limitation is actually the most obvious part of the device — the screen.
The low resolution display of the Galaxy S2 is what seems to be holding back the development of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) since it’s said to be optimized for HD screens, according to the folks at Christian Post, some of the hardware limitations — apart from the aforementioned display, is that the dual-core processor may not be good enough for Android 4.1 since, quad-core chips are preferred for the latest OS. Another thing that could hold the S2 back from receiving the new Android build is that the handset will not run as smoothly with JellyBean and TouchWiz chugging at the same time. Which isn’t really surprising given that TouchWiz is a bit of a performance hog.
If the Galaxy S2 isn’t good enough then what about the Galaxy Note? Luckily the Galaxy Note has a faster-clocked processor (N7000 variant, @1.4GHz) and an 800p resolution screen similar to the of the Nexus 7 tablet, so the only thing that’s really barring the Jelly Bean update for the Note is TouchWiz.
As disappointing as this news may seem, there’s still hope. There aren’t any basis for these findings and the words that we need to hear should come directly from Samsung themselves. If this sad news turns out to be true, we can always count on devs and Android forums for custom firmware. No need to fret unless you don’t know how to flash a custom ROM.
Seems like Samsung and Google are working hand in hand to phase out phones that are still relevant on the market (such as the Galaxy S2 and Note). Are you thinking of the same thing?