Samsung Galaxy Note to receive Ice Cream Sandwich in the second quarter

Late last year, we had heard that Samsung planned on rolling out the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to their Galaxy Note device sometime within the first quarter of 2012. It was the standard verbiage, not exactly picking a date, but keeping everyone on their toes that it could be at any point within a wide timeframe. Unfortunately for Samsung, it looks like that initial idea won’t pan out, as the company has announced the update won’t hit the Galaxy Note until the second quarter of this year.

However, it’s not all bad news. With the added wait, Samsung is throwing in new software that you can utilize with your S Pen. Samsung is calling it a “Premium Suite” upgrade, and it will not only include the update to Ice Cream Sandwich, but also a bonus pack of applications, and even a tweak to the user interface. As Samsung puts it, the new UI will be “more intuitive,” and will also feature an altered application menu, which aims to help multitasking on the device.

The software applications for the S Pen are “S Note,” which will let you add and combine notes and sketches to digital content on your device; the Angry Birds Space exclusive level that we’ve heard about in the past; and My Story, which will let you create personalized cards right on your Galaxy Note.

As before, there’s no exact date picked quite yet, so there’s no reason to circle anything on your calendar quite yet. But, this seems a bit more official than last time, and it would seem that Samsung is trying a bit harder to reach the second quarter than they may have been aiming to hit the first quarter due date before. You can check out the full press release below.

Press Release

Samsung offers Premium Suite software upgrade for GALAXY Note users

- Software package offers exclusive S Pen applications, enhanced multimedia features, and an Android 4.0 upgrade

(SEOUL–Korea Newswire) March 22, 2012 — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, today announced it will be offering a Premium Suite upgrade for GALAXY Note users worldwide from Q2. It includes extra multimedia features and a range of new S Pen optimized applications in addition to an OS upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Premium Suite offers new features and applications exclusive to GALAXY Note and its innovative S Pen, which was introduced with GALAXY Note 10.1 in Mobile World Congress 2012 last month. This includes S Note, a unique tool that lets you combine your notes or sketches with other digital content, giving you a new way to create your own stories. S Note comes in various ready-to-use templates for a range of tasks including meeting minutes, diary and others.

S Note also includes the innovative Shape Match and Formula Match applications that help correct and digitize geometric shapes and even solve numeric formulas hand-drawn with S Pen, increasing your on-the-go efficiency and productivity. You can draw tables and grids which are instantly digitized, saving time and effort. Moreover, by using the S Note’s integrated knowledge search engines, users can quickly search, and obtain information.

For a touch of self-expression, the Premium Suite also includes My Story, another S Pen optimized application that allows you to create personalized digital cards for friends or family using any type of content including notes, video content, photos, text or voice.

In celebration of the Premium Suite upgrade announcement, Samsung will provide special offers to all GALAXY users as an official launch partner of Angry Birds Space, a new blockbuster mobile game. For all Samsung GALAXY users, an exclusive GALAXY Note level will be provided for extra fun. Moreover, a special package of 30 challenging levels – ‘Danger Zone’ – will be available for free if unpacked within the three-month period. Visit http://samsung.angrybirds.com/galaxynote for more information.

“GALAXY Note continues to delight customers all over the world with its incredible versatility and unique user experience. 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. “We are committed to providing extraordinary experiences for consumers, and we will continue to provide new features and upgrades to enrich our offering.”

The Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade brings an entirely new look and feel to Android on GALAXY Note, with a more intuitive user interface that includes a redesigned App menu for easier multi-tasking. The upgrade also introduces innovations such as Face Unlock, Snapshot, and others.

The availability and scheduling of the software upgrade will vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements.

News Source: Samsung Electronics

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