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AT&T and Samsung have announced that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update is now available for the AT&T-branded Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II Skyrocket. The updates are based on version 4.0.4, but stick with the old style TouchWiz 4 UI, so you'll have to dig a little deeper to find ICS-specific stuff. Nevertheless, both devices should enjoy a noticeable performance boost on the more recent version of Android.

The AT&T Note also gets a few extra treats along with its ICS update. As we covered in our hands-on preview a few days back, the Note ICS update is bundled with a new "premium suite", including an enhanced S Memo app, a new S Note app and My Story, a new multimedia postcard app.

The updates follow last week's AT&T Galaxy S II ICS release, meaning all of the carrier's S II-class devices have now been brought up to Android 4.0. To pick it up, you'll need to connect your phone to a PC and fire up the Samsung Kies desktop application.

If you like reading press releases, we've got one from Samsung after the break.

Check out our hands-on preview of the Galaxy Note ICS update

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Samsung Galaxy Note with AT&T Receives Powerful New Functionality With Premium Suite, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Upgrade

Premium Suite enhances productivity and creativity with new S Note and My Story™ applications and S Memo™ update

July 10, 2012 – DALLAS – As of today, AT&T Galaxy Note™ users have access to Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and exclusive new features with the Premium Suite upgrade from Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) 1.  The Premium Suite upgrade includes S Note, a new application that enhances productivity and professionalizes communications; a widget that enables one touch access to all S Memo™ features; and My Story™, an application which uses the S Pen™ to create customized greeting cards and notes.

The S Note extends the S Pen™ capabilities to make everyday tasks and communications simpler and more professional looking.
·         New productivity features such as Shape Match, which refines hand-drawn shapes – such as circle, square, lines and arrows; Formula Match, which recognizes and completes complex math formulas; and Knowledge Search, which enables the user to quickly research information from a hand written note via Wolfram Alpha® database.
·         To help to professionalize communications, S Note provides templates for seven commonly used documents such as an idea note, travel notes, diary entry, meeting notes and recipes. An idea note not only captures ideas, it can record the creation process and replay it in the order it was developed. Meeting notes captures agenda items and attendees and will link the meeting to a calendar entry. 
·         S Note also allows users to import and annotate a PDF file and convert dictated or hand- written memos to text with the Continual Voice Input and Handwriting-to-Text features.

The S Memo upgrade includes one-touch access to all S Memo features – including typing, writing, voice dictation, search and adding an image. The user can place the widget on any of the multiple home screens of the Galaxy Note, which makes accessing and using S Memo faster and easier.

My Story, which is available through Google Play™, is an S Pen optimized application that allows users to create personalized digital birthday cards, thank you notes and sympathy notes by combining hand written notes, video content, photos, text and voice.

In addition, the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich includes NFC and Android Beam capabilities, better multitasking through the Recent Apps menu, the Face Unlock security feature and data usage monitoring.

For more information on Premium Suite for the Samsung Galaxy Note, visit www.samsung.com/galaxynote. To update the Galaxy Note, visit http://www.Samsung.com/us/attgalaxynote/update.

 
There are 38 comments

SlimJ87D says:

Took about 7 months to move from gingerbread to jelly bean. That's not too bad. Way better than the Captivate, Vibrant, Fascinate, etc.

jojones44 says:

I'm impressed with the ICS update on my skyrocket

vinny jr says:

Great to see ICS coming to the other devices. Seems like Android is on a roll these days with all these updates.

jangleton13 says:

Just updated to 4.0.4 ICS on my Note (ATT) its awesome, smooth, no problems yet...

planoman says:

Report on the forums tomorrow or after a few days. I want to make sure it is 100% stable before upgrading my Gnote!

jangleton13 says:

seems to be running/working very nicely. Pretty smooth, nice new features, new email interface, Ability to use Chrome which is nice, NFC, android beam. all works really well.

prediscover says:

Aw man now I gotta start over with my apps... time to move from leak to official

SlimJ87D says:

Update all your apps, Titanium back, restore app and data (NO SYSTEM DATA) and you should be fine.

jedah says:

I know you have to reinstall when you do custom roms, but I don't think it's necessary when you do an official update. When I updated my gf's SGS4G to 2.3 over Kies, all her apps remained intact.

rfdesign21 says:

Got the Skyrocket update last night and have been playing with it. I have never been too impressed with TouchWiz, but I am glad to see they re-installed the Bluetooth Voice Dialing capabilities, though they went back to Vlingo instead of just using Google's features. All in all pretty good, though it took them long enough, considering they were the first company to have ICS...

brojoesc says:

Hardly looks any different from Gingerbread TouchWiz on my Skyrocket. No noticeable performance boost or battery improvement, which remains horrible. At 10:30 AM, I'm already at 52% What's the purpose of ICS if it looks and acts virtually the same? Wasn't worth the wait for me. The email client also won't work.

SlimJ87D says:

Download "BetterBatteryStats" it sounds like it's more of something you did then it is the phone. BetterBatteryStats is free if you can find the XDA Thread the author made of it. It will show you what is causing your phone to wake up and not sleep, whether it being an app or a kernel wake lock.

jojones44 says:

i was a little disappointed with the look also. i was hoping for that ICS look. To be honest if i did not go to the settings i would have never known that ICS was installed

jedah says:

If you want an ICS look, install Apex or Nova Launcher, and all will be right in the world.

jwood55812 says:

Isn't the Captivate Glide an S2 class phone? It's still sitting on GB even though ATT announced it as one of their phones they'd be updating to ICS.

SlimJ87D says:

It is on the list. I bet an update will be rolling out real soon as the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Note and Skyrocket all got updates.

CeluGeek says:

Keyboard users are the red-headed stepchildren of the Android family. I guess we'll get ours next month or something. On the plus side, Kies is not listed as a download for the Captivate Glide in Samsung's site. Maybe we can keep the hope alive for an OTA update after all.

Maisoumenos says:

Hi everyone, i'm trying to update to ics but everytime i fire up Kies it says i need to upgrade Kies. i do it, it goes through the motions and restarts..but the "you need to update your kies.." pops up again. Has anyone had this problem? If so how do i fix this

Red326 says:

I have the same problem with vista ultimate 64 bit.I'm going to friends to use windows 7....we shall see what happens.

Maisoumenos says:

yea i have vista also. i didnt even consider that being the problem but if you have better luck on windows 7 let me know. (im not buying windows 7 just to upgrade to ics though lol)

F.Brown says:

It could very well be that Kies is not friendly with Vista. I am using Windows Vista Home Premium (64-Bit) and I am having problems as well. Every time I start or update Kies, it reopens and says to update it again...

StaplesJohn says:

Finally...

PrissyPJ says:

Can anyone tell me the name of the Weather widget in the above picture? Thanks,

jedah says:

Pretty sure it's Accuweather, which came stock w/ the phone.

PrissyPJ says:

Thanks!

Yeah, it's Accuweather and it is garbage. It redirects you to your browser to view any kind of detailed info.

If you want a good weather app, check out BeWeather Pro. It uses Weather Underground for it's weather who uses a network of 22,000+ neighborhood weather stations which provides the most localized weather information available. You can even choose which weather station you want the weather reported from.

mosley04 says:

I dont think the Epic 4g Touch has its official update so that last paragraph is incorrect.

Kies for me states "your device does not support software updating via Kies". How can I fix this?

Zukgod says:

I'm in the same boat sam.

Did you get it? I figured it out finally!

edhcah says:

@sam... you say you figured it out. Can you post what you did to fix the issue? There are tons of people with this issue, including myself.

_Zguy__ says:

3 hours later and kies still hasnt worked right #ftw
damn att wont give us ota

All went smoothly with the update to my GALAXY Note.

Zukgod says:

For some reason Kies is telling me my "Your device does not support software upgrading via Kies"

I have the new updated Kies. Even uninstalled and re-installed it to make sure it was a improper install.

My Note is a AT&T branded phone, unlocked for use on T-Mobile..

Any suggestions?

I'm liking it (not liking having to redo all my screens).

I have run into a few things that bother me:

my sms back up program isn't working with it- continually FCs.

the home screen icons needs to change (esp since I don't use anything but my gmail and I don't use the default browser).

Other than that, things run a little smoother and more responsive. I am quite happy with it and will continue to enjoy using my SPen :)

rh1991 says:

Had ICS forced onto my i9020 Nexus S, hated it at first but then loved it. Phone didn't get 3g/4g when changed from T-Mobile to AT&T, so just bought Galaxy S II. Hard to go backwards on software but not changing it after reading some of the complaints here. Whats to point if can't get the cool features of ICS like app stacking too build files on home screens. Oh well just glad I get better coverage ares now.

maug618 says:

I'm running windows 7 home premium and trying to install Kies and keep coming up with error You are not authorized to view this page
You do not have permission to view this directory or page due to the access control list (ACL) that is configured for this resource on the Web server.
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. Have already turn on/installed IIS and still having issue.

maug618 says:

Nevermind