Older Galaxy Note models will get the new and improved Samsung Notes app from the Note 7

Today, Samsung announced that the powerful Samsung Notes app found on the new Galaxy Note 7 will be available for download on other Note devices in the future. The app is a consolidation of Samsung's previously available, S-Pen powered note-taking apps – Action Memo, S-Note, Scrapbook, and Memo. It lets users conveniently create, edit, and manage their S-Pen notes and drawings from one central location.

Samsung Notes supports handwriting recognition and lets users create memos both by keyboard input and by hand. The search feature in it is able to scan handwritten notes, so users can search inside their scribbles at will. The app also comes with pre-made check boxes, numbering, and font colors, which makes organizing chores and shopping lists faster and easier.

Users are able to freely import their existing content from S Note and Memo by using a Samsung account or the Smart Switch app. The Notes app also supports seven types of specialized drawing tools tailored to creative types. For example, the oil paintbrush lets users mix multiple colors into paint textures, while the watercolor brush allows for color layering. Meanwhile, the calligraphy brush lets users change the thickness of their strokes by applying varying amounts of pressure with the stylus.

Notes also lets users merge images, drawings, handwritten notes and voice recordings into one document. The app detects the type of content on display and adjusts its size accordingly on the grid-style interface. User content is also sorted by categories, which allows users to classify their content for more efficiency.

Samsung hasn't made it clear which Note devices will receive the download, but given that not all S-Pen generations are created equal in terms of handling and sensitivity, we can't see Notes reaching older devices like the Note II or the original Note in its full capacity. Still, it's a nice move towards cohesiveness and bringing the S-Pen experience up to date across the Galaxy Note user base.


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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. adi9764

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Well, thats nice.

2. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

note 3 user......hoping to see a official update !! been quite long !!

3. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I was naive to believe that any software improvements in new devices would filter down to older phones in the Samsung line up years ago. That's just not the case. This may be the exception but normally they want you to buy the latest and greatest I could see the reasoning if the phone is physically not capable but most times than not crappy Touchwiz stays crappy Touchwiz in older phones.

4. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah that is nice. I wouldn't be surprised if they start saying that only Notes with MM can download it...

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just get a note 7.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Downside to the mew app is the features of the action Memo app are gone. The tools were great for writing text and then having the app transpose them to type or take shape and clean them up. Even though the app is returning, I cant figure how they combined them without keeping the apps original capabilities. Other than this one con, the app does make everything simple and clean.

7. kerginaldo

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

Android 7.0 Nougat will hit the Note 4?

8. SCHeldon

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I'd be surprised if anything older than the Note 5 gets those apps.

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