Split-screen multi-tasking in the original Galaxy Note? Yes, please!
Original Galaxy Note owners no longer have to look at their Galaxy Note II brethren with envy, at least not as it pertains to software. That's because Samsung is allowing Galaxy Note owners to feast on Jelly Bean, as confirmed by an updated product page detailing the device's Premium Suite update. It's a pretty extensive update that brings with it many of the same tricks and features found on the Galaxy Note II, including dual-window multitasking, pop-up Notes, photo frames, an enhanced S Note, and more.
How do you followup a device that blurs the line the between a smartphone and a tablet with a 5.3-inch touchscreen, stylus input, and call making capabilities? We'll find out later this month when Samsung reveals the successor to its Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid, or "phablet" if you prefer to call it that (sounds better than "tablone," don't you think?). Word on the Web is that Samsung is planning a smartphone event on August 29.
T-Mobile users with oversized hands or just a penchant for ginormous smartphones will be delighted to learn that Samsung's Galaxy Note is coming your way a week from Wednesday. T-Mobile, which had been a bit cagey to the Galaxy Note's launch, confirmed via Twitter that Samsung's 5.3-inch smartphone is headed its way on August 8, 2012 for $250 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and with a two-year service agreement.
Say what you want about Samsung's gigantic Galaxy Note hybrid smartphone/tablet device -- it's too big for a phone, too small for a tablet, a jack of two trades but master of none, or whatever -- the phablet is finding buyers. To wit, Samsung Korea today announced that it has shipped over 5 million Galaxy Note devices around the globe so far, and it has yet to touch ground in Japan.
In December 2011, Samsung released a statement saying it would provide Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgrades for the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note in the first quarter of 2012, though no specific date was given. A Russian tipster known for digging up inside information announced in a Twitter post that ICS will drop for both devices on March 1 in some countries.
AT&T and Samsung announced the Galaxy Note smartphone at AT&T's Developer Summit leading up to the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, and in just a couple of weeks, you'll be able to own one. The Galaxy Note will be available in carbon blue and ceramic white in AT&T stores beginning February 19, 2012 for $300 with a two-year service agreement, AT&T announced today.
Samsung’s hugely successful Galaxy family of devices seems to have found another star performer. The Korean electronics giant has revealed that its 5.3-inch Galaxy Note smartphone-tablet hybrid, which began shipping a couple of months ago, has crossed 1 million global shipments. Oddly enough, the company chose photo-sharing site Flickr, of all places, to announce the milestone.