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Samsung rolls out an update to the Galaxy Note, and no, it's not Android Ice Cream Sandwich

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Samsung rolls out an update to the Galaxy Note, and no, it's not Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Samsung issued an update for the Galaxy Note 5.3" monster of a phone, and some usability tweaks are in store, taking advantage of that massive screen real estate.

Samsung rolls out an update to the Galaxy Note, and no, it's not Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Samsung rolls out an update to the Galaxy Note, and no, it's not Android Ice Cream Sandwich
The most clever change is a new five-row virtual keyboard, which has the numbers constantly on top, instead of having to enter punctuation mode every time you need to key in the bid in your eBay shopping spree.

There are shrunk keyboard and dialpad modes now as well, which helps immensely when you are struggling to use the phone with one hand, and, lo and behold, it's a struggle with a phone like the Note.

Samsung rolls out an update to the Galaxy Note, and no, it's not Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Samsung rolls out an update to the Galaxy Note, and no, it's not Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Samsung rolls out an update to the Galaxy Note, and no, it's not Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Other enhancements include a larger lock in the lock screen, which you now have to move only slightly to get to the homescreen, instead of having to drag the thing across half the entire giant display before.

There are also arrows that point which way to move it to unlock, in case you are a first-timer.

The laundry list continues with separate settings for brightness and background color for the browser, which should help with battery life, additional date display modes in Calendar, and a dedicated torch widget for your homescreens. This way you can easily use the phone's screen as a torch, with three levels of brightness available by pressing the torch button.

Well, it's not the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update, but it shouldn't be far behind, as Samsung mentioned it will be out this quarter.

source: Theunwired

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posted on 19 Jan 2012, 08:01 3

1. redmd (Posts: 785; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I want my ICS on the Note.

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 08:02 6

2. redmd (Posts: 785; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I wish to have stock ICS than the Touchwized version though.

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 08:10

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5634; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Dont we think we KNOW THAT?

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 08:24 3

4. henrickrw (Posts: 402; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


good update. keep em coming samsung

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 08:34 1

5. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Yeah, i did like it. Now we have some first problems fixed they better just concentrate on 4.0 and a new Touchwiz.

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 10:20

6. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


I didn't get it, anyone know when the rest of the world'll get this update? I heard it's only distributed across europe.

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 10:23

7. skymitch89 (Posts: 982; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I wonder if this device will have the "phone" look of ICS (like what's on the Galaxy Nexus) or the "tablet" look of ICS (that looks like an updated version of Honeycomb).

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 11:18 1

8. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Phone-look, i guess. Resolution and performance are good enough for tablet-graphics, but for consumers poor eyes it would be a bit to small.

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 19:33 1

9. dorfoz (Posts: 24; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


bah! Come on Samsung.. by the time ICS comes out to Galaxy Note, a better phone would be trumping the elegant device. Great OS, WEAK support. :(

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