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Samsung Galaxy S II: Download and update to Android 2.3.4 now

We have some important information for those of you who are lucky enough to already be in possession of a Samsung Galaxy S II handset. It looks like a new version of Android Gingerbread is already available to download, despite not being an official release by Samsung.

As you may have properly guessed, this new update for the Galaxy S II has once again found its way into the clutches of the XDA Developer Forums, and the new version, Android 2.3.4 adds one notable change from the previous version which we think you’ll be interested in.

If you’re eager to try this out, you’ll be able to enjoy video chat via the Google Talk software as the one main addition in 2.3.4. Other changes include an important bug fix which will improve battery life considerably from the previous 2.3.3 version, according to Phandroid.

If you do have a Galaxy S II, it’s well worth trying this out, especially since Samsung are notoriously slow on delivering on official firmware updates as seen with the predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S and its mulitple variants. One word of caution though, as this Android 2.3.3 build is seen as pre-release sofware, meaning that it may come littered with bugs.

Another thing that you need to take into consideration, is that installing an unoffical ROM on your handset immediately voids your handset warranty, so always bear this in mind before you attempt. With that aside, it’s still a new version of Android available for your shiny new Galaxy S II so we would get on to this straight away before the download disappears.

Samsung has made no indication when they’ll be rolling out the next official update, so if you are a fan of installing custom mods on your device, we have a feeling you’ll enjoy the latest version that’s available over at the XDA Forums.

For those of you who have already beaten us to the punch and installed Android 2.3.4 on the Samsung Galaxy S II, let us know your experiences with the new version so far. Is your handset performing better than ever with the battery life improvement, or have you discovered some new bugs that need immediate attention?

If you want to download 2.3.4, you’ll find it over at the XDA developers forums here. Credit for the download goes to ficeto and his team so, enjoy the update and let us know how you get on with it.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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