Sometimes it is hard to know what a manufacturer has in mind unless it is said clearly and completely. Other times, no matter what is said, it is best not to believe it until you see it. Back in December, Samsung said that instead of delivering Android 4.0 to the Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it would update both devices with a "value pack" that would bring better multitasking, faster web browsing, improvements to the camera and new widgets to the pair. The Korean based manufacturer 86'd the "value pack" in January, and those two units might be stuck with Gingerbread forever.
The teaser reveals a Premium Suite coming
But what can be made of a message at the end of the Angry Birds Space teaser 2 for the Samsung GALAXY Note? It is there that you will find words about a "Galactic Upgrade with Premium Suite coming soon." And while the International version of the device was expected to receive the Android 4.0 update sometime in first two quarters of the year, there is absolutely no word about Ice Cream Sandwich. So if you are asking us if Samsung GALAXY Note owners should be a little concerned about receiving the latest Android build, for the moment we would say "Yes". That is not to say that the update will never come, it just seems a little strange that such a high exposure video would promote this "Premium Suite" instead of Android 4.0.
Besides the end of the video, the beginning of it hints at March 22nd as being the date of some sort of update for the "phablet". It could simply be the special version of the Angry Birds Space game that Rovio has allegedly prepared for the Samsung GALAXY Note as an exclusive for the device. It could include an extra bird or two or more levels. One thing we can say is that whatever download comes to that 5.3 inch screen, it probably won't be Android 4.0.
5.oddmanout(Posts: 442; Member since: 22 May 2009)
Unless you have the international note, your gonna be let down as far as custom roms go. Not many devs working with the US model. Any developer would be smart enough to go with the international note. This US model is a fluke. There two completely different devices. I love the note but i question its future. I just hope i didn't make a mistake on locking in a contract wit at&t.
3.oddmanout(Posts: 442; Member since: 22 May 2009)
Alright I've made up my mind. Im exchanging the note for a HTC One XL. HTC has always been reliable with their flagships. Once I've already gotten used to ICS, its hard to go back to gingerbread (especially seeing that im no fan of touch wiz). Even over on xda there isnt hardly any development going on for the US note. I know it was just released but i just have a feeling that Im going to be let down with my expectations for this device. At least with the One XL, I'll be comfortable knowing that its HTC's main priority. I can't say the same about Samsung.
19.remixfa(Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Thats why you dont buy "alternate versions" of popular phones. Samsung flagships have exynos, not S3 Crapdragons like the US Note and US SGS2 hercules/skyrocket.
Reason #342 that I wont buy a crapdragon. :)
28.remixfa(Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Not for me. S4 catches up to the exynos 4210, which is great. Exynos however is going well beyond that this year. The SGS3 should be out within a few months of the first S4 phones. The Exynos 4212 dual core is nearly 50% more powerful, the 5XXX quad core is nearly 100% more powerful. Is it worth waiting 2 more months for a 40-100% increase in power compared to an exynos/S4? I think so.
42.remixfa(Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
when real world testing is done, not "reference design testing", the S4 is a hair better, yes. But that is "catching up". If it was truely an "A15" competitor, it would compete with this years A15's, not with last year's A9's. The exynos 5xxx A15 dual core is supposed to be 2x as powerful as the current exynos. That obliterates that S4.
6.oddmanout(Posts: 442; Member since: 22 May 2009)
I really hope they don't. I only bought my at&t Galaxy Note because it was supposed to get ice cream sandwich soon. For a few days now i feel like I've made the wrong decision with this device. The 5.3 inch amoled suckered me in but the lack of software integration is killing my attitude towards this phone.
10.chazking99(Posts: 12; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
if you actually read this it says with premium suite not that it is not getting ics, if the writers for pa would actually read something and not between the lines, it would help everybody to understand it. Thanks Alan F. to just throw an article out there to piss people off with absolutley no info at all.
This could mean 2 things that PA is correct we are getting Samsung's new OS called "Premium Suite" how els will they issue this new version of Angry birds just to the Samsung Galaxy note user? through a new OS of course..
to me it looks like Samsung is advertising that its either exclusive to Galaxy note to attracted attention to it or we get it exclusively before others do to advertise the Galaxy Note also..
Remembering its still a brand new devise and not yet released in allot of major country's e.g Australia ! we get it in march around the 22nd ( I just couldn't wait and ordered one from Hong Kong lol )
Or its the name of the new Angry birds .. hmm have no idea im so confused now .
Man I can't beleive what I am reading! Why Samsung ignored their with customers with these kind of news? Why they in rush of creating clone devices & not supporting them. Value pack and now this? Ah this is disgusting.
Dude chill this "INFO" that PA is based this artical on is a video for a game advertising 2 things a new version of angry birds and the galaxy Note .. the note is still not released in allot of country's yet like Australia! Also Australia is getting it in march so could be advertising for the 2 in one ?
I am a proud galaxy note owner, and am not worried at all with what iphonearena just mentioned! I dont think samsung will update us about its firmware plans through a game! The writer of this silly article tried to be one of the CSI heroes and read between the lines, which he failed in. Rovio gave a hint few weeks ago that they might go with angry birds underneath the seas or maybe the galaxies, and u can tell what they were pointing at by galactic ;)
43.remixfa(Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
touche, senior. :)
well, in that case, it came from Samsung, so you should expect the update. Again, this article is pure rumor mongering, not fact.. so who knows. But yea, if it comes from the horse's mouth, then it better happen.
Nowaday I really hating all the speculation. "Sometimes it is hard to know what a manufacturer has in mind" If don't know, then one should shut-up instead creating more specualtion. Remember, no one owe you an answer. If don't like it, try manufacture your own device and throw all the informations to the world all the time.
I have the Value Pack on my SGS. Just went to sammobile and flashed a European build of 2.3.6. Face unlock, photo editor a-la SGS2, etc. It's all there and works really nicely. Battery life much improved. Here's a guide to doing it -http://www.theandroidsoul.com/xxjvu/
You know what this is don't you . This is Samsung showing what they think of the Google acquisition of Motorola . Samsung is conciously(and subliminally) stepping away from Android and moving to more support their own OS .
Guys wait.....Galaxy Note is getting ICS and there is no change in that because of the ics leaked version....the game is just a samsung's way to pump up the sales....just like Samsung did with some of the games with s2 like dead space,asphalt etc....
sweet cheeks, stick with what you know and don't turn PA into a yellow pager. u're lucky the article is too retarded to get a law suit.
GNote's been having leaked ICS roms for quite a while now and even if it hasn't, i wonder exactly how big of an idiot you would be to think they'r not gonna update their most important device. They f*ckin payed $10 million for a single commercial of the Note on the Superbowl. Next time when you feel like satisfying ur attention complex, go to XDA and post ur horse s**t in the forums. Don't f*ck up my favorite website
Yeah man ill never get a phone with a smaller screen ever again i did get a shock when i first opened it i came from a 4.0inch Lg optimus black i sent a pick with it next to my tooth brush to my girlfiend lol and it looked big as but it makes anything else look like a toy and so many people that iv let play with it want it even when i went to get a case/screen protector the people where like wow where did you get it !!