It has been over a month since European Samsung Galaxy owners have been able to download and use Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While the update has made it to other shores, we’re finally able to announce its arrival to the US.
AT&T is pushing Galaxy Note’s ICS update and Premium Suite this week.
With ICS, the Note gets the following snazzy features:
- NFC capabilities utilizing Android Beam
- Better multitasking through the Recent Apps menu
- Face Unlock security feature
- Better data usage monitoring (allows for warning and shut off features)
The Note has always been slightly more special than its fellow Samsung brethren largely due to the S Pen and relatively large screen. These features allow easier note taking and make drawings fairly easier than on smaller smartphones. With Note’s Premium Suite, Samsung promises even more bang for the S Pen and note taking capabilities. S Memo gets a new widget for faster memo creation.
S Note gets Formula match, which allows users to write a mathematical function by hand which converts it to text and, using Wolfram Alpha, will solve and graph the function. This feature was great and I know I would have found use for this in algebra class.
Shape match, does what you’d think its name implies. Draw a shape and S Note will “clean” it up for you. It is very accurate and if you draw lots of trapezoids in your notes you wont be disappointed.
Along with the Note’s ability to add lots of multimedia items to text notes, the upgrade allows users to annotate PDF files. Users can save, share or print PDFs directly from the Note.
These new features do play to the device’s name sake and it is sure to please Galaxy Note owners.
Android 4.0.4 for Samsung Galaxy Note is available to download for AT&T users starting Tuesday July 10.