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Samsung has already provided a wealth of software upgrades for the original Galaxy Note, which first shipped just over a year ago on Android 2.3-based firmware. Now signs seem to point towards the OG Note being updated directly to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, as part of an upgrade that'll include two major new features -- the TouchWiz Nature UX, and the multi-window feature from the Galaxy Note 2. Multi-window was a showcase feature for the Note 2, allowing multiple apps to be used on a split screen at any time.

Reports from SamMobile indicate that a new firmware version, N7000XXLS3 is in testing at Samsung, and includes the Nature UX and multi-window support, in addition to limited "air view" floating cursor support using the S Pen. And today a video has surfaced from French YouTuber Jimmy Nodet, which seems to show an even newer ROM -- N7000XXLS7 -- in action. The (admittedly shaky) footage shows the TouchWiz Nature UX running on an original Note, as well as fully-functional multi-window capabilities. The video description claims this is an "official Android 4.1.2 update" for the international Galaxy Note. That doesn't guarantee its legitimacy, but on the other hand the video doesn't match any custom ROM we're familiar with.

Last month rumors suggested Samsung would also bring multi-window to the international Galaxy S3, in an Android 4.1.2 update slated for December. If the original Note was to get the feature, it'd certainly make sense for it to appear on the S3, too.

Of course Samsung hasn't announced anything officially, but there are a lot of original Galaxy Note owners out there who'd be very happy if these reports turned out to be correct. Nevertheless, until the updated software out of Samsung's internal testing circles and available for download, Note owners would be advised not to get too excited.

Source: SamMobile 1, SamMobile 2, YouTube

 

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Android 4.1.2 update for Galaxy Note could add Nature UX, multi-window feature

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Wow, I have seriously been impressed with the update support Samsung is providing. The are definitely taking the update crown (beaten only by the nexus).

ASUS updates their software way faster than Samsung does. Heck, the Transformer Pad series had their Jelly Bean updates faster than anyone (except Nexus devices).

It pretty clear that the split screen multitasking window will appear on all US MODELS very soon. The Galaxy Note 2 is the BEST DEVICE EVER made from a software and features standpoint. I am currently a Galaxy S3 owner on Tmobile and will be buying the Galaxy Note 2 on November 15th. I have said it months ago and will say it again their will be NO better device on the market the next 180 days period... No Htc DNA, No Motorola Razr Maxx Hd, No Lg Nexus 4, No Lg Óptimus G,. Features and software alone beats all..

I hate to feed a troll, but your wrong on the DNA. The n2 is a great phone but a monster. If you dont want a phablet, the DNA will rule

I disagree. I've had the Evo 4g LTE, S3, and now Note 2. The 5 inch LCD on the DNA along with the larger bezel on HTC WILL make the DNA almost just as large.

1. "the split screen multitasking window will appear on all US MODELS very soon" You've been saying that well before it was even released here in the US. Care to share any new "predictions"?
2. "I have said it months ago and will say it again their will be NO better device on the market the next 180 days period" You also said basically the same thing of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus at first, and the Evo 3D. You even went so far as to say the 3D would be "Sprint's flagship device well into 2012", and it was discontinued not even 2 months into the year. Just a blind, stupid fanboy saying whatever he can to bolster his confidence in a cell phone. Sad.

The bigger question is, will the Note get all the same software features as the Note 2? Seems the hardware would be plenty capable. The note isn't that old and support for premium phones for at least 2 years would make getting one more compelling.

Wonder if AT&T is going to do anything with it once it comes a shore...what does everyone think 6 months after if at all?

As A VERY Satisfied NOTE *1* Owner Running *Unlocked* And Sporting Cyanogen Mod's HyBrid PA's 4.1.2 JellyBean Rom with Dag's KK Custom Kernel On T-Mo's $30.00 A Month Plan It Will Be Great To Compare Samsung's Note *1* / II Code With Cyanogen's "Magic Code" Adaptation To See If Samsung's Bloated TouchWiz UX Coded Stock Rom Weighing In At 575 Megs Can Match Cyanogen Mod 10's Lean And So Mean 160 Meg Rom of Pure 4.1.2 JellyBean Heaven... Features..Eh.. Yes.. But Speed, I Am Betting Against Samsung On That One.. Cyanogen Mod 10 Is LIGHTING FAST...

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squiddy20 says:

1. "the split screen multitasking window will appear on all US MODELS very soon" You've been saying that well before it was even released here in the US. Care to share any new "predictions"?
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I don't know the person you are replying to or what he's said before...but, these 'predictions' about the multi-window Samsung TW feature are correct. Read what folks have found out on AC forums and on XDA developers forums.

VZW, for instance, is apparently including the feature upon releasing their model later this month. I have no doubt it will at least be available when 4.1.2 comes for the Note 2, at the latest.