The Samsung Galaxy SII was one of the first hugely successful Android smartphones when it launched in the early 2010s, but it’s been dead for years at this point. Recently, though, some developers were able to port Android 10 to the Galaxy SII and the Galaxy Note 3.
Thanks to third-party developers, though, an Android device can get updates as long as there’s interest. As noted by XDA, the custom ROM community was able to successfully port Android 10 over to the Galaxy SII and Note 3. Even though these phones are ancient by smartphone standards – 2011 for the Galaxy SII and 2013 for the Note 3 – they’re still alive and kicking.
Based on LineageOS, these ports aren’t completely stable, but the fact they’re running at all is pretty incredible! For the Galaxy SII, the port is listed as “unstable” and not suitable for daily usage, partially due to the fact that it doesn’t support phone calls properly. The Note 3’s port, on the other hand, has a working Radio Interface Layer which makes the newer Android version work better.
More on Android 10:
- Samsung Android 10 roadmap hints at January 2020 release for Note 10 and S10
- Google launches Android 10, rolling out now to all Pixel phones
- Hands-on with 50+ new changes and features in Android 10 [Video]
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