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Samsung GALAXY Note II to get update that brings Multi Window feature to the phablet

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Samsung GALAXY Note II to get update that brings Multi Window feature to the phablet
The Samsung GALAXY Note II will soon receive its first firmware update OTA and it will contain the Multi Window feature that allows the user to split the screen in two, allowing two apps to be running at the same time. The multitasking feature was absent from the phablet when it originally launched. Other changes include a slight update to the email application which will now send emails to the in-box when the device is in Airplane Mode, or when no coverage is available. In addition, message notifications will now only beep when the user is on a voice call.

Multi Window on the Samsung GALAXY Note II

Multi Window on the Samsung GALAXY Note II

To make sure if your phablet requires the update, go to the settings screen and click on About phone. If you haven't received the notification that the update is ready to be downloaded and installed, do not jump, do not panic and do not pass go and collect $200 and be patient. The rollout is being done in waves of random users. Once you get the notification, you will have the option to download the update and install it immediately, or to delay it until later. If you go with the latter, you will be mercilessly hounded one or twice a day until you finally install the update.

The update will take a few minutes to complete and Samsung suggests that your battery be full when you start the process. By the way, Samsung Galaxy S III owners jealous over the Multi Window feature should not let that green monster (envy) take over. Next month, an update is scheduled to bring that feature to your phone.

source: Electronista

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posted on 07 Nov 2012, 17:52 9

1. vddeguzman (Posts: 41; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


Hm? This news is quite late. When i bought my gn2 a month ago,it automatically updated with this feature.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:14 4

4. doejon (Posts: 323; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


yes.., mine had it already too

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:28

8. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Mine only does this with videos, how do you do this?

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 19:27

13. doejon (Posts: 323; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


just hold the backbutton (on the note2) till on the left side of the screen a taskbar appears :-)

if u dont understand because of my bad english pls search at youtube :D

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 20:41 1

17. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


When we all were asking how could it POSSIBLY get better, here's the answer ( multi window screen feature)

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 21:52

19. skymitch89 (Posts: 1040; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


This update that they're talking about it for the US variant of the Note 2.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 22:24 5

22. Oxygen (Posts: 79; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


US late as always...

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 17:54

2. Twisted247 (Posts: 197; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Hells ya, I'm stoked for this update this was one of the first questions when I walked in the door at sprint. "Does it have multiwindow", this will just make the note 2 that much more bad ass. Having the cake and eating it too!

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 17:56 1

3. Twisted247 (Posts: 197; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


The U.S. versions did not launch with it, just like various versions over seas. Some thought it wouldn't be coming to the states that would have been horrible.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:15

5. AnTuTu (Posts: 675; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Most Welcome :)

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:17

6. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 801; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


This update rolled out a while ago here in South Africa, a mate of mine updated their Note2 around 3weeks ago already.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:27

7. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


XDA will get this modded for tablets, too.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:30

9. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Hmm well I already do a bunch on my note 2, with this my note 2 shall be taken to New heights, note II for the win! :)

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:36

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5604; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Doesn't the e-mail go into an Out box if no Internet connection is available?

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:37

11. Twisted247 (Posts: 197; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Ya whoever wrote the article didn't look into it.. It was for Sprint users only.. other carriers in the US are EXPECTED to mention dates for the update sometime in the future.

Here is the original sourcE. Engadget had the info posted earlier this afternoon and was on the nose.
http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/buzzaboutwireless/phones-and-devices/samsung/samsung_galaxy_note_ii/blog/2012/11/07/samsung-galaxy-note-ii-software-updates

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 19:20

12. _APPLE_ROYALLY_ (banned) (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


Has anyone rooted this, and using CM10 or AOKP Rom with Speedmod Kernel, overclocking it to 2.0 Ghz and overclocking the MaliMP4 all 4 GPU to 527Mhz. Gameing will be intense, with absolute no Lag™

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 21:02 2

18. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


It still does'nt lag without overclocking, neither on my sgs3.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 19:51 1

14. Twisted247 (Posts: 197; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Thought about root but if I lose s-pen function that isn't worth it alone. And if you lose anything on top of that its a definite no brainer hell no. Haven't run a game yet that it can't handle stock including GTA3 non emulator .. going to d/l deadspace and see how it does. I expect it to be fine

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 20:11 1

15. Exile SS (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


I'm stoked. This feature is awesome!

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 20:32 4

16. lyndon420 (Posts: 1712; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Get off your ass Sammy and patent the hell out of this before your 'business partner' claims that you took it from them.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 21:54

20. skymitch89 (Posts: 1040; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


You have a typo...instead of "...send emails to the in-box when..." it should be "...send emails to the out-box when...".

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 22:11

21. spiceman (Posts: 10; Member since: 24 Oct 2010)


I'm very leary about any ota update but if it keeps reminding me I will have to . When sprint (or Sammy) updated my epic touch from gingerbread to ics, the battery life went to s**t and several other bugs developed. I read that about other owners too including my wife's. Sprint wouldn't do anything about it so I went back to tmobile and bought the note 2. Does anyone know anything about that situation , or have any advice on over the air updates?

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 22:28

23. sudbury78 (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


THIS makes me annoyed I am rocking my iphone 5. As phone arenas biggest apple fan boy I keep getting more antsy to sell my 5 and get thus note 2. Ugh.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 22:58

24. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


got this already..about 3 weeks ago when i bought mine here in hongkong.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 07:16

25. Bardi (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


A very useful feature indeed, because life is complicated enough..

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:22

26. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


If the GS III isn't an already awesome phone then I can't wait for the multiwindow for mines!!GO SAMSUNG!!...BTW,guys when is JB coming for the GS III?

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 16:28

27. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 980; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I love that feature and is innovative for the mobile phone industry!! Cant wait to get the Note II for AT&T

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 16:29

28. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 980; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


Id give it a couple of months because they know that SGS3 users want JB...........and fast lol

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 22:37

29. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


I'm still boggled by the lack of NFC on the Note 2 (could just be CDMA versions only).

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