Samsung Galaxy Note gets Jelly Bean

We heard it was coming at the start of the year, now Jelly Bean is finally being rolled out to the first-generation Galaxy Note smartphone. Which really is a good news story.

It's quite a coup for the Note, which has been overtaken by the Note II and could be put even further into the shade by an expected launch of the Note III later this year. Good to see Samsung isn't deserting owners of its older hardware. It's a shame more manufacturers don't follow its example.

Of course, the headline act here is Android 4.1, which should also include the Google Now app when it lands. But it isn't the only upgrade on offer here. Samsung is also throwing in the 'Premium Suite' of software too.

That includes Multi Window functionality, for accessing two apps simultaneously without switching screens, along with Page Buddy, which launches a window featuring relevant apps when additional hardware is used plus a customisable notifications panel and the Smart Rotation feature.

A gradual rollout, as you might expect, it will be available to download over-the-air or using Samsung's Kies desktop software if you are a SIM-free model owner. Network phones will no doubt have to wait a little longer before it lands, as those extra tests are undertaken.

Source: TechRadar

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