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ICS for Samsung Galaxy Note delayed to Q2, Premium Suite offered as consolation

March 22, 2012

So, Galaxy Note owners, we have both bad news and good news for you today. The bad news is Samsung decided to push back the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for your phone/tablet hybrid. The good news is they are bringing instead a new Premium Suite that increases the functionality of the S Pen. Aren’t you excited?

Initially, the Samsung Galaxy Note was to become one of the first devices to be given the Ice Cream Sandwich makeover. When Samsung rolled out the first wave of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S2 smartphone on March 13, hopes were building up that the ICS update for the Galaxy Note would follow suit. Alas, it was just not meant to be — Samsung is now promising a Q2 ICS update for the Galaxy Note.

What you do get is the so-called Premium Suite software package, which brings some nifty new tricks to the arsenal of your beloved phablet.  The new S Note apps comes with the Shape Match and Formula Match features. The former helps straighten those uneven geometric shapes that you create (on purpose, obviously), while the latter helps solve the math formulas you draw using the S Pen. Say goodbye to calculator and all that. Also,when you draw tables and grids, they will be instantly digitized by the software, which might save you a lot of time. Wish I had something like that in high-school…

Also new to the Galaxy Note is an app called My Story. Think of My Story as MMS on steroids, an app that lets you create personalized digital cards that include videos, photos, text, voice, and notes.

Galaxy Note’s surprising impact

The Galaxy Note is Samsung’s attempt to push the size boundary of smartphones. With its 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, the device finely straddles the line between a tablet and a smartphone. Unlike a regular touchscreen, the Galaxy Note has a Wacom active digitizer layer with pressure sensitivity. This allows for a more precise use of the capacitive stylus, otherwise known as the S Pen.

It’s a gamble that has paid off extremely well. Samsung was able to silence critics and naysayers after the company sold 2 million units of the Galaxy Note within three months of the device’s availability and sales are expected to reach a staggering 10 million units by the end of the year. Based on the unprecedented success of the Galaxy Note, Samsung has announced plans to release a bigger version of the device, the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.

How about you? Do you find the S Pen and the apps that come with it useful?