Samsung Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich Update Delayed To Q2

Bad news Samsung Galaxy Note owners! Samsung has today officially announced that it won’t be updating the Note to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich until sometime in Q2. Samsung is however making up for the delay by including some ‘Premium Suite’ of  apps along with pre-loading more applications that will be optimized to take advantage of the S-Pen on the Note.

“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 Premium Suite of apps include S Note, Shape Match and Formula Match applications. Along with this, the Galaxy Note will also come pre-loaded with the latest version of Angry Birds – Space – with exclusive access to 30 challenging ‘Danger Zone’ levels.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note will include a new task switcher, Face Unlock, improved copy and paste, new and improved Google apps and much more. Hopefully, Samsung will also make the ICS update for the Note less TouchWIZ-y, unlike the ICS update for the Galaxy S2.

Samsung Admits It’s Not Doing Well in Tablets; Hopes to Change That

At a recent press conference at MWC 2012, a Samsung executive has finally admitted that the company is not doing very well when it comes to the tablet market. Unlike the smartphone market, where Samsung has done exceedingly well and is now the top smartphone manufacturer in the world, its offerings have failed to catch on when it comes to tablets.

“Honestly, we’re not doing very well in the tablet market,” said Hankil Yoon, a product strategy executive for Samsung, during a media roundtable at MWC. No shit, Sherlock.

Though it is one of the top Android tablet manufacturers, it still lags miles behing the top dog – Apple – which leads the market by a huge margin. Apple has traditionally offered only one model with different capacities, but Samsung has been throwing everything it can make, in all sizes and specifications at consumers hoping that at least something would stick. Unfortunately for Samsung, nothing has.

Samsung has unveiled two more tablets at MWC this year – the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0 and 10.1) and the Galaxy Note 10.1. However, both of them have failed to impress me, and I doubt, they will be the iPad killers that Android fans want them to be.

However, now that Samsung is past the denial stage, we can hope that it at least understands the problems it faces, and will bring us a tablet which is far better than the current range of Android tablets.

In the meantime, Apple is apparently getting ready to launch the iPad 3 on March 7. Expect it to blow away the competition in terms of sales, at least in the coming quarter.

Samsung Unveils The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1; It’s a Bigger Version Of The Galaxy Note!

Samsung might not be announcing the most anticipated Android handset of this year at MWC, the Galaxy S3, but the company did announce a newer and bigger brother of the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note 10.1.

If the Galaxy Note was a bigger version of the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a bigger version of the Galaxy Note itself. As its name suggests, the Note 10.1 comes with a 10.1-inch WXGA screen, 1GB of RAM, a blazing fast Exynos 4210 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, an ARM-Mali 400-MP GPU, and 16/32/64GB of internal memory. There is also a huge 7000mAh battery on the Note 10.1, which makes sure that it easily lasts a day.

The Note 10.1 also comes with a S-Pen tucked neatly in one side of the tablet, that allows users to easily jot down notes on the tablet as if its a real ‘note’book. All the same S-Pen tricks that were valid on the Galaxy Note, are applicable on the Note 10.1 as well. The Note 10.1 runs on Ice Cream Sandwich, with TouchWIZ making sure to ruin all that goodness.

Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the Note 10.1, but the device should hopefully be available sometime in Q2 of 2012.



White Samsung Galaxy Note Coming Soon To Three UK

Last year, Samsung launched its first phone/tablet hybrid device, the Samsung Galaxy Note. This handset was released last year in most of the European and Asian markets, including Korea, India, and the UK. Last month, Samsung announced the LTE variant of this device at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is already available in the UK from last November. However, Three UK customers can finally get their hands on this amazing device. Three UK recently announced that the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy Note will be soon available for its subscribers. Three UK will initially launch the device in white color. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three said,

“The Samsung Galaxy Note has a large Super AMOLED HD screen that brings movies and games to life with stunning clarity and colour. Plus, with its S-Pen it’s also great for those wanting to work on-the-go and get the best from Three’s award winning 3G network that was built for the mobile internet.”

samsung galaxy note white

Samsung Galaxy Note LTE features a 5.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.4 GHz dual core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, GPS with A-GPS, Android Market, Samsung TouchWiz UI, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Games Hub, S Pen, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, and a 2500 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with an amazing S-Pen, which allows the users to sketch, write, capture, and crop images or text from its screen. This handset is expected to be available from next month in the UK. The company will announce the price of this device in the coming days.

LG Unveils The Optimus Vu; It’s a Weird Shaped Galaxy Note Competitor

While the Dell Streak was a complete disaster, the Galaxy Note from Samsung has been selling pretty decently in various regions of the world. Seeing the success of this super-sized phone-cum-tablet, the Korean sibling of Samsung, LG has also released a Note competitor, the Optimus Vu.

The Optimus Vu has a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1024×768, and a DPI of 256PPI. The handset is quite a bit wider than the Note (90.4mm vs. 83mm), which gives this weird shaped phone an aspect ratio of 4:3. The handset is also pretty thin with a waistline of just 8.5mm.

Internally, the Vu packs in a Snapdragon S3 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, an Adreno 220 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal memory.  There is also an 8MP camera at the back of the Vu aided by an LED flash, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling purposes. The Optimus Vu will first be launched in Korea and thus comes with all the local connectivity features like T-DMB along with the usual LTE, HDMI, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth etc. The battery of the Optimus Vu is pretty small compared to that on the Galaxy Note though – 2080mAh vs. 2500mAh on the Note.

This weird shaped handset will be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with LG’s custom UI on top of it when launched, and will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update soon after. The Optimus Vu will be available under SK Telecom and LG+ carriers in South Korea by early March at an unknown price.


Samsung May Launch a Galaxy Note 10.1 at MWC 2012

Samsung launched the Galaxy Note back in 2011, and while it may be a bit unwieldy due to its huge display, it is one of the best smartphones available today, in terms of specifications. Samsung has been marketing it differently from its smartphone and tablet offerings, hoping to find a sweet spot between the two.

Anyway, it seems that Samsung may also be working to launch the bigger version of the Galaxy Note – the Galaxy Note 10.1 – at MWC. While there has been no official announcement, an invitation by Samsung for a Developer Day at MWC lists the device alongside the Galaxy Note.

Samsung Developer Day

Samsung already has loads of tablets available for purchase, and it’s not clear what more the Galaxy Note 10.1 would offer over the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or its sucessor, except the S Pen stylus functionality.

It will likely have much better specifications than the Galaxy Note and a 10.1 inch display. Apparently, Samsung is also hiring student models for a commercial for the Galaxy Note 10.1, in which he will “record, take pictures, edit” and do some other stuff like that.

Could Samsung be targeting the education market with the Galaxy Note 10.1? It may pit the Galaxy Note 10.1 directly against the iPad 3, which will be unveiled in March.

Samsung Sells 700,000 Units Of Galaxy Note In Korea

Today, Samsung reported that it has managed to sell more than 700,000 units of the Galaxy Note in Korea. Considering Samsung has ‘sold’ these units to distributors, the actual sales figure might be a bit lower. Since Korea is Samsung’s home market, it should not come as a surprise that the company totally dominates the market.

The Samsung Galaxy S II was without any doubt, the most popular Android handset of 2011. The phone has managed to break all the previous sales record of Samsung, and is still selling like hot cakes.

When Samsung had announced the Galaxy Note last year, with a mammoth 5.3-inch screen and a S-Pen (Stylus) feature, many people argued that this tablet cum smartphone would meet the same fate as the Dell Streak 5.

However, the Galaxy Note managed to prove the critics wrong, and has been selling well right from day one. The handset managed to cross the 1 million mark in December, last year. The Galaxy Note is yet to be released in the United States, which will further boost its sale.



Samsung Galaxy Note Coming To AT&T’s Network On Feb 19th

Samsung has just sent out emails to all bloggers out there confirming that the Galaxy Note will be landing on AT&T’s network on Feb 19th. The pre-orders for the handset will begin from 5th Feb itself, and they will be shipped by 17th of February.

Samsung had announced the AT&T variant of the Galaxy Note at CES earlier this month. The AT&T variant of the Note is different from its European sibling in quite a few ways. Externally, the AT&T version comes with the four-usual Android keys while the European version comes with a physical Home button surrounded by two capacitive keys.

The biggest change in the AT&T variant of the Note is internally though. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 dual-core processor, instead of the beast Exynos 4210 SoC found on the European variant. The screen, a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED with 1280×800 resolution, the S-Pen, and other connectivity features all remain the same though. The Note will also supports AT&T’s ‘true’ 4G LTE network, in areas where the carrier has already deployed the service.

The Galaxy Note will set users back by $299.99 on a 2-year contract with AT&T. Interested readers can find more information about the Galaxy Note here.


Samsung Galaxy Note Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now!

Samsung has started rolling out the Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update for its phone-cum-tablet hybrid device – the Galaxy Note. For the unnoted, the Note comes with a massive 5.3-inch screen with 720p HD resolution, an even bigger battery – 2500mAh, a blazing fast 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and an ARM Mali-400MP GPU.


The update is being rolled out in quite a few regions of the world including India. The new firmware updateis not being rolled out via OTA. Instead, users need to use Samsung’s KIES software to update their Note to Android 2.3.6.

The Android 2.3.6 update for the Note does not bring any major changes, but does fix a number of bugs including the random reboots and lags in certain areas of the phone. Quite a few Note owners have also reported an improvement in the overall performance, stability and battery life of the handset.

Samsung has already confirmed that the company will be updating the Galaxy Note to Ice Cream Sandwich. Galaxy Note owners should get the Ice Cream Sandwich update soon after the company releases the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II.

AT&T Announces The Galaxy Note With a Few Minor Changes

AT&T just announced the Galaxy Note at their on-going Developer Summit at CES 2012. The news of this smartphone-cum-tablet coming to the carrier had leaked quite a few times before so it’s not really a big surprise.

Externally, the AT&T’s version of the Galaxy Note is similar to its European sibling except for some minor differences. While the beautiful and HUGE 5.3-inch HD Super-AMOLED display with a mind-boggling 1280×800 resolution is intact, the 2 capactive,  1 hardware key combo has been replaced by 4 capactive keys.

Internally, the difference between the European Note and the AT&T version is quite huge though. The AT&T version packs in a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, an Adreno 220 GPU and 1GB of RAM. All other usual features like accelerometer, gyroscope and connectivity features like Wi-Fi, GPS etc. are also present. The Note will also support’s AT&T’s new and blazing fast 4G LTE network.

Sadly, AT&T did not mention anything as to when the Note will hit its network or how much it will cost.