Some Galaxy Note II units are shipping without the split screen multitasking feature

Some Galaxy Note II units are shipping without the split screen multitasking feature
Some European users are reporting that their Galaxy Note II units don't feature the multitasking mode that Samsung showed recently in a promo video when releasing the handset in Korea. Apparently international units, including ours, ship with the earlier firmware, and don't have the multiwindow option yet.

Hopefully Samsung will be remedying this with an update to the latest firmware, but in the meantime you can watch what a pleasure it is to use this true multitasking regime in the video below.

It allows you to split the giant 5.5" screen, and use it for two apps instead of one at a time, resize the space for each app, and so on. The applications are numerous, and take the Android experience to a whole new level.

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1. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I hope there is an update for the US version when it comes to that states within a month or so!! That is one of the best features ive seen on a phone in a while. Makes me want the AT&T variant of this phone even more

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I'd assume it would be part of the phone when it launches in the US. Its just an issue since it just launched. Guess they just made this update as they were doing final boxing and only some units got it. No worries.

26. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Right!! Ive never said this, but this phone is sexy lol. You can call it weird, but it worth noticing that Samsung may want you to jkeep this phone well beyond the time your capable of upgrading Most people keep phones for at least a uear before they upgrade or buy another at full price. This is the type of phone you can keep until the wheels fall off............maybe lol

28. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

+1 on expecting the U.S. units of the GN II to ship with dual-screen multi-tasking. With this latest news, I will definitely be getting the GN II. No wonder Apple is wanting to get sales bans in place against Sammy. Sammy is eating Apple's lunch. First the GS III, now this. I can't wait to see the look on the faces of my friends who got iP5s when I pull out the GN II and show them the dual-screen multi-tasking.

33. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

iP5 users dont care.. havent you noticed that after soo many years..

37. ilia1986 unregistered

Jealousy Gallito. It's always been pure jealousy. iPhone users just know how to mask it properly.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Right said ilia...

46. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Some iPhone users aren't as good as others at masking their jealousy. I know a few who were downright envious when I would see e-mail attachments before they could courtesy of LTE service. Now they will continue to be envious when I am composing a response while keeping the attachment open on the other window.

49. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

why jealousy if I wanted an Android trust me I can buy one. is my decision to stick with seems that is hard for people like you to understand that there are people that don't like big screen that constantly lag.. but hey they multitask.. wow

58. ilia1986 unregistered

Gallito - the GS3 does many things. But one thing it simply can't do. It can't lag. No matter what you do.

69. jbryant624

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

dude unfortunately you're wrong, i have a galaxy s3 quadcore and my brother an iphone 5. s3 is so smooth coming out of the box but as you use it it shows occasional lags like scrolling on pages, zooming in/out of photos and you have to kill apps every now and then. however, capacitive buttons react better than my xperia s. as for iphone 5, it's also smooth when it's brandnew, 4 days of using and double clicking the home button shows lag as well. playing graphics intense game however is better in iphone 5. take grand theft auto for example (bcoz there is no infinity blade on the play store)

75. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

lol, talking about jealousy... samsung almost always include iPhone in their ads... those flowy multitask is just an ads, in reality it will be laggy, and you'll be very lucky if it doesn't freeze on you...there's not enough 'butter' from google for all those droids :D

48. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

contrary to some reports, there are reports of many i5s being returned for galaxy devices. I hope one day there are real numbers on the return rate. Apple fanatics love the i5. People that know jack squat love the i5. People that look around, do comparisons, or pay attention at all rarely go for an i5.

50. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you write alot but show no evidence like usual of what you say... making it .. your own opinion..

55. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

lmao that coming from you, who believes everything apple say is fact android and lag....thats no longer valid, maybe 3 years ago it was, you know the same time that the iphone was an actually longer the case now

76. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

yeah, by many you probably means < 20 out of 5 millions right?


Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

They do care believe me. Cause they want what we can do on androids that's why they jailbreak them. So yes they do care!


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Anyone know where I can find 'uropeans'? Nevermind, he fixed it.

45. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

lol. did anyone notice that the weather was for GangNam (style) ??

3. prakesh

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

love this phone but 5.5 inch. its to big for my hands.. love the features and specs also the durability of this phone how sad:-( ill stick with my s3

15. IHateApple

Posts: 122; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

You are talking as if Note 2 is quite a bit bigger than SGS3.

21. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

There is a huge difference of 0.7 inches... it is super noticeable dude... especially in your hands... this is a great device but too big for my taste...

51. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

im on the fence about the size. I thought the SGS3 was a little big. Not sure if I can stomach the Note2 though it has everything I want... IN THE US VERSION.. WOO HOO!!. lol The ONLY thing that I can find to bitch about is its size since I dont know if I can deal with it. For me, thats amazing. I find too many flaws in pretty much every phone that disqualify it from personal purchase. The only other american phone I've had super low complaints about for its time, is my SGS1 that I'm still using. Im not a fan of compromise at $600+. :)

54. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

size and build quality make it a definite no when thinking back to what HTC offers.....

71. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

IHateAPPLE is right its not as bigger as may a lot of people think i thought the same but i hade both device in my hand.. its much better in the hand than the note 1 its right that this size is not for everyone but i would first look 4 myself and than say something ;-)

4. NokiaLumia920

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

As you switch, it lags.. its just a static screenshot as seen on Galaxy Note 10.1. Don't be tricked by that marketing tactic until Android got full multi tasking at a time.

9. SleepingOz unregistered

Samsung is no Nokia dude! =] Breathe, hide your frustration/jealousy/envy and relax.

11. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Ive never seen a high end samsung device lag. Even my brothers 2 yr old sgs1.

14. SleepingOz unregistered

Same here.. But you know, haters gonna hate and trolls gonna troll. Just report them.

16. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Do that all the time. I love my gs2.

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