Samsung GALAXY Note II to get update that brings Multi Window feature to the phablet

Samsung GALAXY Note II to get update that brings Multi Window feature to the phablet
The Samsung GALAXY Note II will soon receive its first firmware update OTA and it will contain the Multi Window feature that allows the user to split the screen in two, allowing two apps to be running at the same time. The multitasking feature was absent from the phablet when it originally launched. Other changes include a slight update to the email application which will now send emails to the in-box when the device is in Airplane Mode, or when no coverage is available. In addition, message notifications will now only beep when the user is on a voice call.

To make sure if your phablet requires the update, go to the settings screen and click on About phone. If you haven't received the notification that the update is ready to be downloaded and installed, do not jump, do not panic and do not pass go and collect $200 and be patient. The rollout is being done in waves of random users. Once you get the notification, you will have the option to download the update and install it immediately, or to delay it until later. If you go with the latter, you will be mercilessly hounded one or twice a day until you finally install the update.

The update will take a few minutes to complete and Samsung suggests that your battery be full when you start the process. By the way, Samsung Galaxy S III owners jealous over the Multi Window feature should not let that green monster (envy) take over. Next month, an update is scheduled to bring that feature to your phone.

source: Electronista

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1. vddeguzman

Posts: 41; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

Hm? This news is quite late. When i bought my gn2 a month ago,it automatically updated with this feature.

4. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

yes.., mine had it already too

19. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

This update that they're talking about it for the US variant of the Note 2.

22. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

US late as always...

2. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Hells ya, I'm stoked for this update this was one of the first questions when I walked in the door at sprint. "Does it have multiwindow", this will just make the note 2 that much more bad ass. Having the cake and eating it too!

3. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

The U.S. versions did not launch with it, just like various versions over seas. Some thought it wouldn't be coming to the states that would have been horrible.

5. AnTuTu

Posts: 1622; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Most Welcome :)

6. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1177; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

This update rolled out a while ago here in South Africa, a mate of mine updated their Note2 around 3weeks ago already.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

XDA will get this modded for tablets, too.

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Doesn't the e-mail go into an Out box if no Internet connection is available?

11. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Ya whoever wrote the article didn't look into it.. It was for Sprint users only.. other carriers in the US are EXPECTED to mention dates for the update sometime in the future. Here is the original sourcE. Engadget had the info posted earlier this afternoon and was on the nose.


Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Has anyone rooted this, and using CM10 or AOKP Rom with Speedmod Kernel, overclocking it to 2.0 Ghz and overclocking the MaliMP4 all 4 GPU to 527Mhz. Gameing will be intense, with absolute no Lag™


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

It still does'nt lag without overclocking, neither on my sgs3.

14. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Thought about root but if I lose s-pen function that isn't worth it alone. And if you lose anything on top of that its a definite no brainer hell no. Haven't run a game yet that it can't handle stock including GTA3 non emulator .. going to d/l deadspace and see how it does. I expect it to be fine

15. Exile SS

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I'm stoked. This feature is awesome!

20. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

You have a typo...instead of "...send emails to the in-box when..." it should be "...send emails to the out-box when...".

21. spiceman

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 24, 2010

I'm very leary about any ota update but if it keeps reminding me I will have to . When sprint (or Sammy) updated my epic touch from gingerbread to ics, the battery life went to s**t and several other bugs developed. I read that about other owners too including my wife's. Sprint wouldn't do anything about it so I went back to tmobile and bought the note 2. Does anyone know anything about that situation , or have any advice on over the air updates?

23. sudbury78

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

THIS makes me annoyed I am rocking my iphone 5. As phone arenas biggest apple fan boy I keep getting more antsy to sell my 5 and get thus note 2. Ugh.

24. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

got this already..about 3 weeks ago when i bought mine here in hongkong.

25. Bardi

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

A very useful feature indeed, because life is complicated enough..

26. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

If the GS III isn't an already awesome phone then I can't wait for the multiwindow for mines!!GO SAMSUNG!!...BTW,guys when is JB coming for the GS III?

27. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I love that feature and is innovative for the mobile phone industry!! Cant wait to get the Note II for AT&T

28. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Id give it a couple of months because they know that SGS3 users want JB...........and fast lol

29. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

I'm still boggled by the lack of NFC on the Note 2 (could just be CDMA versions only).

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