Samsung bringing its Premium Suite to Galaxy Note 10.1 in Jelly Bean update

Daniel Bader

November 23, 2012 3:08pm


Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 is a pretty versatile tablet, but it has been derided for poor performance and questionable build quality. While the latter aspect can’t really change until Samsung releases a sequel (Note 10.1.1?) the device’s software is about to get a lot more useful, thanks to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the company’s “Premium Suite” of apps.

The original Galaxy Note got the same boost when it was updated to Ice Cream Sandwich from Gingerbread earlier this year, and the upcoming Note 10.1 update promises truly useful inclusions.

Perhaps most importantly, the two-window multitasking, which wasn’t multitasking at all but merely two apps loaded side-by-side, will be changed to Samsung’s Multi Window feature. This allows up to 16 separate apps to be open at the same time (remember, the Note 10.1 has 2GB of RAM), each of which can be resized and pinned to a side of the tablet. This allows for real multitasking, something we’ve yet to see on a tablet.

Samsung is also bringing its S Pen preview feature, Air View, to the Note 10.1 with Jelly Bean. This allows users to hover above a photo album and preview its contents or, better yet, check ahead in a video clip without interrupting it.

Premium Suite will also include Adobe’s Photoshop Touch, as well as existing S Pen-based tools such as Knowledge Search, Easy Clip, Colour Picker as well as Shape and Formula Match.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is currently available for $449.99 at select retailers. We’re not sure exactly when Canadian owners of the Note 10.1 will see Jelly Bean, but it shouldn’t be too long now.

Via: Phandroid

  • Doug Page

    Just want some Jelly Bean for my Rogers OG Note:)

    • SAM

      OOHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!
      OOHOHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rim it up

    mmmm multiwindow featureeee

  • MrC39

    Actually the ICS update ruined the experience on the Original Note, The camera is slow as molasses, sliding through home screens has the worst lag I’ve seen on a phone yet, apps take forever to load, the phone runs much hotter than before.

    • Chris

      That’s because the Snapdragon S3 (required for LTE) in the NA model is s**t compared to the Exynos in the international Note

  • Brent Petkau

    I believe that the Play book has had true multitasking, since its launch. Not only saying that it is the best or anything but it can run multiple simultaneous apps without the freezing them like many tablets do.

    • Brian

      The Playbook was dead on arrival, and it’s deader than a doornail now

    • chris c.

      Yes, I concur as well, the playbook has best multi-tasking ability out of all the tablets currently on the market.

  • Alex

    Stock Android or gtfo.

  • Lyn Scott

    Jelly Bean should improve performance too..

  • thas

    Poor performance?! Are we talking about the same tablet?

    • bulletwithbatwings

      “Poor performance” was the lie Apple paid all the journalists to spread. The Note 10.1 performs exceedingly well, and is easily the most useful tablet on the market.

  • Pete

    As an actual user of Note 10.1 (using it for note taking at school) those new features for S-note are going to be very useful. Hopefully they optimized it, not just piling new features when the device is not capable with it.

  • MM

    For me, all the nonsense the journalists spread about Galaxy note 10.1 was extinguished the moment i bought my Note 10.1
    It has more functionality and productivity tools than the crappy iPad. I love my iphone…the iPad is just an over glorified iPhone. Unlike others, i was not taken in by the more of the same on bigger screens by Apple.
    i am so looking forward to the Jelly Bean on the Samsung Note 10.1
    Sometimes i wonder if the journalists and the folks who outrightly condemn a product so good after an 1st cut evaluation – just so that consumers get confused…are really giving us the real deal here.

    • ????

      shut up