The release of a major system software upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy Note has been pushed back. On the other hand, Samsung promises the new version of Google’s operating system will be accompanied with an improved suite of apps for working with the S Pen.
The combination has been dubbed the Premium Suite. “With the Premium Suite upgrade, we wanted to add features that enrich users’ Note experience even more, including the great advantages of Android 4.0 and innovative applications for S Pen,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.
The Galaxy Note’s upgrade to the latest version of Google’s mobile OS had originally been scheduled for Q1, but time is running out — Q2 starts in just over a week. Samsung did not give specifics on how much longer it will be before the Premium Suite is introduced.
Enhancements in the Premium Suite
According to Samsung, the upgrade to Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will bring a new look and feel to this tabletphone, including a redesigned App menu for easier multi-tasking. Also included is Face Unlock, Snapshot, and others.
One of the features that sets this device apart from the pack is the S Pen, a stylus and software combination. The upcoming software upgrade includes S Note, a tool that lets users combine their notes or sketches with other digital content. This offers Shape Match and Formula Match, that help correct and digitize geometric shapes and even solve hand-drawn numeric formulas.
More Fun for All Galaxy Users
In celebration of this Premium Suite announcement, Samsung is giving the users of all Galaxy devices a special Galaxy Note level on the new Angry Birds Space. Moreover, a special package of 30 challenging levels — ‘Danger Zone’ — will be available for free if unpacked within the three-month period. More information is available on the Angry Birds website.
Samsung Galaxy Note Overview
This is a device that some are calling a tabletphone: bigger than a smartphone but smaller than a tablet. It has a 5.3-inch 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED Touchscreen at a time when the biggest phones typically top out at 4.5 inches. Otherwise, the Galaxy Note has the features of a high-end handset — it is built around a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD memory card slot for adding more.
The only U.S. carrier that is offering it is AT&T, and its version supports the carrier’s super-fast 4G LTE network.
Read our in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy Note.