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Samsung Galaxy Note Jelly Bean update confirmed, but instead of buttery smooth Android you'd get... "Project Buffer"

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Samsung Galaxy Note Jelly Bean update confirmed, but instead of buttery smooth Android you'd get...
The Samsung Galaxy Note single-handedly created the phablet category, but the 5.3-inch device now looks a bit dated as it runs on Ice Cream Sandwich and not the latest Jelly Bean. That’s about to change, though.

Jelly Bean is expected to smoothen out the animations on the Galaxy Note and get it rid of the slight lag you can notice now. That feature is "Project Butter," but funnily enough Samsung - being Korean - just had to mess up the name. Things take an ironic turn with this typo as instead of "butter" Samsung - on its official website - promises "Project Buffer." At least we hope it's a typo!

Samsung has also confirmed that its original Galaxy Note will get bumped up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and get signature features of the Note II like multi-window applications and Air View.

Those all come as part of Samsung’s Premium Suite, and allow for a more productive experience on the phablet. The Air View feature allows users to simply hover over an image, email or something else with the S Pen and get a peek into the contents of that file. In addition, you’d also be able to crop and paste images easily on the phablet, just as on the Note II.

Google Now with its automatically displayed cards will also come as part of the update.

Samsung has officially confirmed this update on its website, and the only thing missing is when will we get it. Cross your fingers it’d be sooner rather than later.

source: Samsung via Engadget

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posted on 27 Dec 2012, 05:05 11

1. MeoCao (unregistered)


haha, as long as it's not project "Bugger" I guess Note owners will be happy

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 05:12 10

2. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


Maybe it has something to do with triple buffering.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 05:16 1

3. redmd (Posts: 786; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


nice. hope it will be buttery smooth just like the note 2.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 05:54

4. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Already using JB on my note(leaked xxlsc)
Bored of using all these....

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 06:04 3

5. gazmatic (Posts: 502; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


People will still say "what lag"

Google, the company behind android has acknowledged that android lags... Fandroids however... Deny it like medicinal marijuana for cancer patients

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 06:39 2

7. MalakiMills (Posts: 255; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


Yes Google did acknowledge that android lagged, but that was the main purpose of Project Butter in the Jelly Bean update. It's triple buffers the GPU and allows the CPU and GPU run in sync as to keep at a constant 60 fps throughout the UI. Theoretically eliminating "Lag". I understand that this phone is on ICS and not using Project Butter, but the overall argument is now ineffective. P.s. Medicinal Marijuana for cancer patients is a great thing, it does not cure the cancer by any means, but it is a healthy alternative to battle nausea, lack of appetite, headaches and body pain, insomnia, and does not interfere with other medicines that the patient would be taking.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 07:08 2

8. frydaexiii (Posts: 1157; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Yes, it lagged...in 2010, which is why Android OEMs kept upgrading the hardware until it was almost lag free. When Project Butter was introduced, it was aimed towards making the mid range and low end phones smooth and high ends more consistent. So now you can walk into a phone shop, buy any Jelly Bean running phone and rest assured it will be a smooth experience.

And by the way, fans of OSs that belong in 2007, shouldn't talk about the shortcomings of the future.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 06:07 2

6. Insignificant (Posts: 189; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


It did not single-handedly create the phablet category. The Dell Streak was a phablet before. However, the Note did popularise it. Having said that, how many phablets are there? All the 5 inchers of next year are not phablets, they are phones. Phablets will be 6 inches+ next year.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 08:58 3

9. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1940; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


You're right on that, but I never actually heard anyone use the term "phablet" until the Note arrived.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 11:03

12. Insignificant (Posts: 189; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


The term 'phablet' wasn't coined until after the streak, yes, but it was in that category regardless of what it was called at the time. And again, I said the Note popularised it. Business users found it useful, especially with the updates the Note 2 had, and now this will get.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 00:28

15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1940; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


The category didn't exist at the time. It was just a big phone.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 09:59

10. JGuinan007 (Posts: 607; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Well that confirms the International Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 will be updated doesn't say when or if the carrier variants like the I717, or N7005 will or when they will get updated.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 11:00

11. Zero0 (Posts: 561; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I guess Project Buffer isn't entirely incorrect. One of the main aspects of Project Butter was to buffer the graphics, so there's that.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 12:26

13. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)


And so the one that brought all the specs to the note save for screen size, the legendary SII is still in the dark...

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 13:05

14. easymomo (Posts: 88; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Already using the leaked version. Please SS seed the official one.

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