Galaxy Note

Samsung mobile has issued a press release all about the Galaxy Note and it's upcoming "Premium Suite" software upgrade. Sometime in Q2 of this year, Samsung expects to update the 5.3-inch Note to their version of Ice Cream Sandwich and bring better application support for the S pen as well as unnamed extra multimedia features. 

The three applications mentioned specifically are S Note, a tool that combines notes or drawings with other digital content as well as using "Shape Match and Formula Match applications that help correct and digitize geometric shapes and even solve numeric formulas hand-drawn with S Pen"; My Story, which appears to be an application that helps you design e-cards and notes with multimedia content; and of course Angry Birds Space -- the newest iteration of the Angry Birds franchise from Rovio. In addition, Angry Birds Space will be available (sans the extra-special Galaxy Note level) for all Galaxy Series devices. 

Of course the biggest draw for most of us will be the update to Android 4.0, which Samsung teased Note users about on Facebook earlier today. The version for the Note is said to include the features we've come to expect from ICS, including Android Beam and Face Unlock, as well as an "entirely new look and feel" to the Android operating system. The Q2 timeframe is coming up shortly, and International Galaxy note users are ready and waiting. Hopefully, the AT&T version follows quickly. Hit the break for the full press release.

More: Samsung's Angry Birds site

Samsung offers Premium Suite software upgrade for GALAXY Note users

March 22, 2012 

Software package offers exclusive S Pen applications, enhanced multimedia features, and an Android 4.0 upgrade

SEOUL, Korea – March 22, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, today announced it will be offering a Premium Suite upgrade for GALAXY Note users worldwide from Q2. It includes extra multimedia features and a range of new S Pen optimized applications in addition to an OS upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Premium Suite offers new features and applications exclusive to GALAXY Note and its innovative S Pen, which includes S Note, a unique tool that lets you combine your notes or sketches with other digital content, giving you a new way to create your own stories. S Note comes in various ready-to-use templates for a range of tasks including meeting minutes, diary and others.

S Note also includes the innovative Shape Match and Formula Match applications that help correct and digitize geometric shapes and even solve numeric formulas hand-drawn with S Pen, increasing your on-the-go efficiency and productivity. You can draw tables and grids which are instantly digitized, saving time and effort. Moreover, by using the S Note’s integrated knowledge search engines, users can quickly search, and obtain information. 

For a touch of self-expression, the Premium Suite also includes My Story, another S Pen optimized application that allows you to create personalized digital cards for friends or family using any type of content including notes, video content, photos, text or voice.

In celebration of the Premium Suite upgrade announcement, Samsung will provide special offers to all GALAXY users as an official launch partner of Angry Birds Space, the newest Angry Birds game from Rovio Entertainment. For all Samsung GALAXY users, an exclusive GALAXY Note level will be provided for extra fun. Moreover, a special package of 30 challenging levels – ‘Danger Zone’ – will be available for free if unpacked within the three-month period. Visit  for more information.

“GALAXY Note continues to delight customers all over the world with its incredible versatility and unique user experience. With the Premium Suite upgrade, we wanted to add features that enrich users’ Note experience even more, including the great advantages of Android 4.0 and innovative applications for S Pen,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We are committed to providing extraordinary experiences for consumers, and we will continue to provide new features and upgrades to enrich our offering.”

The Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade brings an entirely new look and feel to Android on GALAXY Note, with a more intuitive user interface that includes a redesigned App menu for easier multi-tasking. The upgrade also introduces innovations such as Face Unlock, Snapshot, Android Beam and others.

The availability and scheduling of the software upgrade will vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements. 

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 222,000 people in 205 offices across 71 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit


Reader comments

Samsung announces ICS for the Galaxy Note will come in Q2, bring 'premium suite' apps


2Q is going to make it automaticly massively over due. 3 months from Google releasing it should be the absolute max amount of time to get it threw the pipeline to consumers.
And it is not like Samsung did not have access to ICS before the public release. They were working and testing with it before the Galaxy Nexus. There is ZERO excuse for it not being out 1Q.

I really hope Google makes a stand when they take fully over Motorala and pushes out updates to those phones at a very quick pace. That might be the only thing that forces others to step it up.

Why 3 months?? What is special about 3 months?? Is that a magic number? Nowhere in open source/GPL/Apache license it's mentioned that you have to up[date software within 3 months.

If there is ZERO excuse for not getting it in Q1, why don't you show us how it's done??

Stop bitching. Show us that you can do better job than the OEMs, or just keep your mouth shut.

Your last sentece made you sound like an completely fanboy. I am pretty sure that guy isnt an Android oem. He is a consumer. We have the right to bitch about things oems need to improve on.

Blah I honestly just lost all interest in typing half of what I was going to say because of the lagging keyboard on my Galaxy Nexus. Lol top of the line dual core device and i haave to disable features just to type with it in landscape and even after i do iot still is a laggy peice of crap . i know i should try to do better instead of complain about the several hundred dollar product i purschaesd and want fixed

Speelling errors left on purpose to ddemistrate the frustration thatt is typing on thise horrible phone

It is not whining. It is showing dissatisfaction with the way things are handled. the note came out what, 4 months ago? And its considered to be the flagship device (at least untill the next best thing comes out) and AT&T just released it as well it is being treated like its already old. What were they doing all those months since ics announcement and release?

What really bothers people is that they pay good amounts of money for these devices and yet they are treated like 2nd class while other devices get all the attention. Not only that, but it takes forever to get the update.

Obviously it does not take that long to bake a rom if they can do it with younger devices. They had all this time to do it for an already existing device.

It sounds like whining to me. If you bought a phone to use for 2 years, what difference does it make that it's not running the latest software for 3 months?

Samsung had implemented their own software for the pen, which is different from the native support in ICS. If they used the time to converge the two approaches, then it is well worth it.

actually i didnt buy this phone but just stating the reason why people are unhappy. maybe YOU are ok with samsung lagging behind with updates but others arent. also maybe you need to get your math right first. the Note came out in late Oct in Germany, so its already 5 months old TODAY, ICS was out at about that time as well. where do you get 3 months from? in general it seems Samsung is 7-10 months late with updates to their devices. another problem is that once you are into your 2nd year on a device the general attitude is that it is too old to bother with making an update. so in your first year you are waiting for an update and in your 2nd year you are stuck without the next one because your device is considered too old then. sweet.

I just want Chrome! I guess Angry Birds will have to hold us over...

BTW, no Android Beam for the international version without NFC. Oh well, may be cool but I'm sure I will have a new phone before NFC is of much use.

And will it be another quarter for the AT&T GNote update?

Yes. International will be at end of Q2 and AT&T at the end of Q3. Just in time for jellybean announcement. Yay! :-/

Yeah, by the time AT&T pushes out ICS to the note it will be old news lol But seriously, Q2 most likely means the "end of Q2". By that time ics will be 7+? monthes old? And by the time AT&T will push it it will be end of Q3 and Jellybean will be announced in just 2 monthes after that. Nice going! <.<

In summer there will be quad-cores out with ICS out of the box. This doesn't surprise me at all. Its the same mess as with galaxy s.

Yes hopefully Googlerolla will get things going the way they should be.

Do you think anyone will build android devices as awesome as Samsung, except use high end materiel other than mass produced fantastic plastic and chips? I want a android phone like a piece of aircraft top tier. Will it ever happen? Motorola gets close, but Samsung's display tech kills it! Just tired of galaxy plastic....

Thanks Samsung you just made me $100. I bet a friend with a Note that Samsung would delay it by at least a month. Of course anyone that has owned a Samsung Android device knows this already. I almost bought a Note, but couldn't pull the trigger. If Samsung would build a phone that wasn't made out of some pretty cheap plastics I would. I think everything they make is made with cheap plastics. I am typing this on a Samsung I7 notebook and even this thing has some of the cheapest plastics I have ever seen. They get a D/F for their build quality and C/D for their service. Pretty crappy company.

Oh noes - a niche of a niche market is dissatisfied with the release of a piece of software, so they complain about build quality of a phone device they don't even have - I bet Samsung is quaking in their boots at your fury :P

Guys, software updates hit when they hit, sorry they're not on your timeline, but the reality is there are very few people working in software development for existing devices for companies like Samsung - complain about timeframes all you want, the bottom line is "they'll get to it," and when they do we should all be grateful. I had this same conversation with someone about an IOS update to address some (dumb) issue they were having, and as they clammored on for an hour - finally I stopped them in the middle of "well...they should just hire more people to develop software them," - cause that's what we need, more overhead - higher priced phones. These devices cost millions of dollars to develop in pre-release, lots more to produce and market, and sold (not at a loss) - but at a fairly thin margin given all the build up reduce that margin further with more development staff is only going to hurt the consumer.

Let's not even mention the fact, that 99% of people who buy these devices don't know the difference between Android 1/2/4 - let alone able to differentiate different platforms like Honeycomb vs. ICS. I'd suspect that a pretty consistent volume of the niche (you and me sitting here reading about Android's OS and Samsung's build quality in our precious free time) - could even quantify more than superficial changes to the OS from 2.3 - 4.whatever (probably get a lot of " can make folders, can unlock it with your face.") - and you start to see the picture of just how unimportant the whole debate is.

You shouldn't buy devices based on promised software upgrades - no manufacturer or carrier is advertising that on the box - and if your dumb enough to listen to what some sales rep in a cell phone store tells you, then I'd like to show you a lovely bridge property in Manhattan

Just got off the phone with AT&T HQ and as of today (10 July 2012) ICS for the galaxy won't be out until August of this year. It's not Samsung that's holding up the process. ICS that was released by Samsung is already worldwide, now it's up to developers for individual companies to tweek the software for themselves. And ICS functions differently on every phone. Same concept of looks and feels but different when it comes to button functionality. It's sort of like cooking. The store (Samsung) supplies the food (ICS), now AT&T has to take the ICS they bought and make it into something that is edible. In the case the food is under cooked, spoiled, or burnt (software flaws) after they cook it, AT&T has to go back to square one and figure out what went wrong and start over. Now if a lot of you cook food, you know it's not going to be perfect if you try to cook something for the first time. And ICS for AT&T is new. You always find ingredients you can add or leave out to make it just right. And that's why ICS for AT&T is taking so long. They have to build an OS that is perfect so you as the customer do not have to keep going back to AT&T with complaints about apps not working or the S-Pen does not function properly. With that said, if hundreds or thousands of people are asked to complete a task (develop/reconstruct ICS), no two people think exactly alike. So now there are vitualy thousands or millions of ICS versions to pick from. Keeping that in mind, all of them have to be tested for AT&T in order to pick 1 that will have the least amount of flaws. So this upgrade is more than just a ready to serve meal. AT&T wants to stay in business so they're not going to serve you something under cooked, spoiled, or burnt where you'll get sick and never come back or maybe even die.