December 27, 2012 3:15pm
We don’t know when it is coming, but Samsung has confirmed that the original Galaxy Note will eventually be graced with its Premium Suite of apps when Jelly Bean finally rolls out. The venerable first-generation phablet will see Air View, Multi Window support, improved S Note and S Planner (calendar) apps, Pop Up Note (similar to Sony’s Small Apps), Paper Artist, better handwriting recognition, and more.
Of course, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes with its own performance improvements brought by Project Butter, and the convenience of Google Now is hard to overlook. But Samsung seems to be dialing down the version number and is instead emphasizing its own software tweaks.
We’re not sure whether the Canadian version of the Galaxy Note will see all the same improvements of its international variant, but we’re hopeful that Rogers, TELUS and Bell will push out Android 4.1.2 for the 5.3-inch device in the coming months, if not weeks. It’s also nice to know that Samsung intends to maintain support for its older devices. The Galaxy S II series, which comprises different variants for Rogers, TELUS and Bell, are also to receive updates to Jelly Bean in the coming months. Rogers, in particular, cites “late January” as its update path for the Galaxy S II LTE.
Check out all the Premium Suite information over at Samsung.