Get ready for some Android 4.2 goodness as CyanogenMod team brings CM10.1 to the Samsung Galaxy S2 – I9100. CM10.1 landed on the I9100G earlier as its TI-OMAP chipsets made it much easier to port. The Exynos chipset in I9100 made the task much more difficult. But with CyanogenMod team’s perseverance, passion and kindness, I9100 users now get to enjoy Android 4.2 as well.
UPDATE: After downloading the CM10.1 Dec 18 build on my PC and copying it over to my phone, I was able to flash it without issue. Looks like a bad download (possibly) earlier. Currently, I have CM10.1 on my phone and it seems pretty smooth. A couple of screenshots can be found after the post.
I stumbled upon its existence when I tried to use the CM updater to update my CM10 with the Dec 18 build (without noticing that it is CM10.1 instead of CM10). The build, for some reason, failed and ended up stuck at the Samsung boot screen. That’s when I force reboot into CWM, wanting to try flashing the build manually. I was a little surprised to see that it was labelled CM10.1 instead of CM10. Excitement grew, I tried to factory reset and flash it again but to no avail. The flash would error out with a set_perm error. I tried flashing an older, Dec 14 build of CM10 and that went perfectly.
Currently, I’m still trying to figure out the error I receive. Perhaps its due to some bad install or bad download. I’m trying to re-download the CM10.1 Dec 18 build from a PC and will try flashing that to see if I had a bad download from the CM updater. In any case, there have been a few users giving good comments about CM10.1 and I’m anxious to try it out. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S2 – I9100, you can head over to the XDA thread and read all about it before deciding whether you want to flash at this early stage or wait on the more matured CM10 build.
In any case, this is yet another reminder of why the next phone I get must be CM supported. Galaxy S2 – I9100 is still running Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0 officially while the CM team has made Android 4.2 a reality. Samsung is now at least 2 versions of Android behind and the promised upgrade to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) will only come in January 2013. Promises by Samsung can be broken and has been broken many times before. In reality, it is highly likely that January 2013 is when Jelly Bean for Galaxy S2 will start rolling out in selected countries. It might well be June or even later before your Galaxy S2 sees the update and by then, the next Android version would probably have been released already.
Thanks to the ever excellent CyanogenMod team however, I’m able to get the latest Android on my phone (or will be able to, once I figure out the error). Do let me know in the comments if you have successfully flashed CM10.1 or are also seeing the same issue as me.