I nearly fell of my chair as I checked for software updates on my Galaxy Note: Today, Samsung has released the local availability of the Premium Suite software upgrade for the GALAXY Note.
[Update 6 August: after having it for a while, here is my review of ICS on the NOTE]
What does that include ?
firstly – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) which we have been not-so-patiently waiting for !
It also includes :
Advanced Multitasking – holding the Home key lets you jump instantly from one task to another using the list in the System Bar. The list pops up to show thumbnail images of recently used apps. Tapping a thumbnail switches to the app. Swiping it removes it from the list and stops the app.
Data Usage Monitor – This monitors and set limits to data usage with this new feature. You’ll see which applications use the most data and get detailed information.
Desktop Browser Experience – Easily switch from a website’s mobile view to desktop view by pressing the menu and checking the desktop view box.
Face Unlock - This new screen-lock option lets you unlock your device just by looking at your phone. Once it’s set up, simply pick up your phone and look at the screen. When your face is recognised, the phone unlocks.
Harnessing the real power of S-Pen stylus for improved experience and productivity
This firmware update brings many innovative features and takes the user experience to the next level by harnessing the real power of S-Pen stylus that will improve your Galaxy Note experience and productivity.
S Memo Upgrade – With the new S Memo Widget you have one-touch access to key S Memo features so you can capture your ideas quickly and intuitively. This enhanced widget allows you to instantly select your desired S Memo input function directly from the home screen.
S Note Preload – describe your life in detail, capture ideas and create different types of documents with the help of these new templates. These templates make it simple for you to record, organise and share your thoughts and experiences into Ideas, Travel, Magazine, Diary, Recipe and Meeting Notes to name a few.
Formula Match features math formula recognition and auto calculation. Write a formula or math equation and Note will convert it into an easy-to-read text version. You can even look up different equations and answers via WolframAlpha.com. Looking for the answer or what your equation looks like as a line graph? Press the Search button.
Shape Match provides automatic shape correction. Draw a rough sketch of a triangle and Note converts it to a clean, clear triangle. Colour in your shapes using the S Pen tool.
Handwriting-to-Text converts your handwriting into clean, easy-to-read text. You can quickly write down your notes without worrying about whether or not others can read them—simply convert your notes to text and instantly share them.
Knowledge Search takes your handwritten words and questions and looks for the answers. Write a word or phrase and Note will look for it on the Internet via WolframAlpha.com. After you finish writing, simply press the Search button.
How to get it ?
The software upgrade is currently available via KIES PC client (by downloading the firmware via the KIES application). Similarly, the upgrade via FOTA (by downloading the firmware upgrade over the air directly from your mobile phone) will be available from today across all networks.
Note: its a 356.53mb download. so make sure you have full power on your Note and a WiFi signal.