OTA update brings Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung GALAXY Note II features to original phablet

OTA update brings Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung GALAXY Note II features to original phablet
Just because the original Samsung GALAXY Note is about to be replaced with the sequel doesn't mean that the device is no longer useful. In fact, Samsung is sending out an OTA update on Wednesday to the international version of the device (GT-N7000). The update brings to the phablet some of the newer features found on the Samsung GALAXY S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II. The update, based on Android 4.0.4, brings the Pop-up Play feature to the GALAXY Note. This allows users to view a video on the screen, move it around, and continue to watch it no matter what else is on the screen. It is similar to the picture-in-a-picture function found on some large screen televisions.

Other new features that you will find on the 5.3 inch screen include a 3D gallery app similar to what is on the new version of the GALAXY Note, enhancements to the home screen and lock screen and S Cloud back up. Samsung has yet to take the wraps off of the latter, but at IFA, some of the Samsung GALAXY Note II units sported the S Cloud feature. There is also a new launcher, similar to the one on the Samsung Galaxy S III, and a new contacts list along with improvements to the performance of the device. A new feature lets you raise the phablet to dial the phone number of the contact that you are looking at on the screen. Unfortunately, it seems that some new bloatware comes with the update. Samsung Galaxy S II owners should be on the lookout for this new software version as well.

The update, as we said, is being sent out OTA although those with an unlocked model will have to hook up the phone to their computer and access Samsung Kies to score the new features.

source: SamMobile via AndroidCentral

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1. hateftotti

Posts: 225; Member since: May 03, 2011

This OTA update will have more new features than ios6:))

3. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011


7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I think Android already has more features than iOS even the future one

12. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

Just can't keep apple off your mind huh? So explain to me wha super features that android has that ios doesnt. Keep in mind I have a one x in my hands right now, so don't try to speak to me like I don't know android. Ok fanboy, start naming.

17. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

- NFC connectivity for quicker and faster sharing of information and payment systems - BLUETOOTH (it's pathetic that iPhone isn't compatible with other devices) - HEAVY customization and personalisation - Widgets; instant information without having to launch an app - EXPANDABLE storage - Alternate keyboards - 4G speeds - Installing non-market apps. ...To name but a few. Would you like some more?

19. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

NFC, not really relevant right now Bluetooth, that's a phone feature, not os feature bit iPhone has Bluetooth, just not what you wan Heavy customization, so sloppy widgets. You got me there. Storage expansion, that's a device feature, not a software feature. Keyboards, ios keyboard is one of the best. 4G, see next iPhone. Non market apps, jailbreak the iPhone. So you really proved nothing. Keep trying.

20. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

LOL, you're so right. With the exception of 4G speeds, everything else is blehh

22. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, anything that the iPhone doesn't have isn't relevant right now. iFan logic. Sloppy widgets? The closest thing you guys have to widgets is a weather scroller and 2 dumb little buttons that let you post to FB & Twitter, and Android has sloppy widgets? And since Apple designs both software and hardware, yeah, there's still no expandable storage, and never will have it. And Android has one of the best keyboards, and Meego has one of the best keyboards, and WP7 has one of the best keyboards. It's about personal preference, and right now, if some one didn't like iOS's keyboard, they're stuck with it. Jailbreak iPhone, not approved by Apple, deems warranty void, irrelevant to this argument. Once again, iFan logic at it's best, iRationalizing.

25. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

You have failed hard in your post. You dont own a one x thats for sure. Because you sound like a moron. He proved your wrong on 3 things and you just took it to a personal preference battle. Get off Apples NUTS and get a real phone.

13. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Dude, even Android 2.1 has more features than iOS 6

14. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

Start naming, don't tell me about your beliefs, show proof. I just wanna know since most android loyalists believe it's such a complex os.

23. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Integration with MOST Apps without Apple having to integrate it for them. Able to browse certain sites and download things of them (Mediafire, etc.) Select a default apps to do certain task (E.g I can set my default browser as Dolphin or Chrome, so it doesn't keep switching back to safari everytime I open a new tab.) Ability to choose between using Plug 'n' play or via file transfer software when transferring files. (Yes, that includes iTunes, hell, we had AirSync even before you guys.) Widgets, again. A proper notification bar. (That's right, Apple can't even steal it right.) PROPER Turn by Turn Navigation. (I know Apple has a new crappy Maps app, it'll probably take them years before they get it right.) Better apps (No, I'm not talking about fancy games which kids play. I'm talking about proper productivity apps, like Tasker.) So we have both most of iOSs games as well as better productivity apps. And this is all without rooting. Haha, even while jailbroken, iOS can't do half of these.

24. Nocturne

Posts: 24; Member since: May 21, 2012

Your turn now troll. Use facts not opinion. Show proof. Show your beliefs. Please please please don't try to reason that just because iOS cant do it that its not a relevant feature. I wanna know why your such a loyalist. Name 5 reason why iOS is so great. Don't try to speak to me like i dont know about iOS because i have an iphone in my hand right now. Ok troll. Start naming.

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

10 hours later and Tre-Nitty hasn't responded to your comment. Guess he's still looking for an excuse.

2. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

I think i have this one... Ive downloaded it few days back mine is running at 4.0.4

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Awesome, cant wait to get it on my S2 :)

5. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

6. 23nikki1 unregistered

Man Samsung is awesome. S ii was great. And note is awesome. My next device would be definetely samsung one...may be note ii

8. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

love this update

9. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Galaxy S3 with Smart Stay is awesome.

10. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

U.S please!

11. danzelchaar

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

will the galaxy s2 get something like this

15. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

what does this mean for AT&T users? will we get the update and if so will it be before 2013?

16. Allen3697

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Like that they're getting the new Nature UX launcher

18. luxalon78

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Tri-nitty Wifi-direct. You owned a htc one x. You should know what im saying. Even with some devices without wifi-direct, you can use tap pouch as well, which also let you transfer any file that you want with speed 2.4 to3mb per second. Android user only use bluetooth for connect wireless headset. But no more any others features. I wouldnt say that android have more features than ios. But in reality android already can compete with ios. Which was more friendly use to all user without a ton of limitation.

21. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Soooo what about us non international AT&T Note owners?

27. hardiksal

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

When will the update hit india ? :( and phone goes upto 48c while browsing net when phone is on charge ? is it nrmal ?

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