Over the last couple of months, we’ve been seeing a significant increase in the percentage of devices running Android 4.0 ICS. Most devices launched these days come with ICS, and the slow but steady (is there a race on?) ICS rollout for “older” devices is also finally gathering steam.
Now, owners of Samsung’s acclaimed phablet, the Galaxy Note, can join as well the still exclusive ICS club. The news was broken on Twitter by Devin Balentina, a Samsung Galaxy Note owner, who also posted a screenshot of the OTA update request.
This 319MB-sized official upgrade boasts features such as:
- Significant performance upgrades associated with Android 4.0
- New ICS-compatible TouchWiz UI
- New S-Note App (advanced note-taking, productivity tools)
- New S-Memo Widget
Samsung had previously delayed the official update for the Galaxy Note, promising in compensation the Premier Suite of S-Pen apps. From Devin’s screenshot, it seems that only the S Note app and the S Memo widget were included in this update, which is a bit odd. Anyway, here’s a video that showcases the Premier Suite in action.
The OTA update is currently available to users across Europe, with unlocked device owners seemingly getting first shot. As usual, owners of devices locked with network carriers will have to wait a while longer, as the update will have to pass carrier testing as well.
If you have the unlocked international version (GT-N7000) of the Galaxy Note and you are willing to flash the firmware yourself, you can get it from here (Open Germany version). As for North American users of the Galaxy Note, we can’t tell when the ICS rollout will cross the Atlantic, but with build leaks and sightings over the last months, it can’t be that far away.
What are your thoughts? If you were lucky enough to receive the update already or if you installed it yourself, let us know your experiences in the comments section below.