First the good news. Some European Samsung Galaxy Note owners are getting the update to Android 4.0 ICS that is 318MB and includes the S Note app and S Memo widget. We have verified that Samsung Galaxy Note owners in Germany have been able to download the update using the Kies app (see comment below) with some problems. Some media outlets have tried to contact Samsung to find out the exact date of the release.
In the past, when there were drips of updates in parts of Europe a larger push out of the update followed, fairly soon afterwards.
Other good news is that the update has new S Pen apps including:
- S Note is a special app that lets you combine handwritten notes or sketches with other content.
- Shape Match will help correct and digitize hand-drawn geometric shapes so that you can draw tables and grids which are instantly digitized,.
- Formula Match uses the S Note’s integrated knowledge search engines to quickly search, and obtain information.
- My Story allows you to create personalized digital cards for friends or family using any type of content including notes, video content, photos, text or voice.
The availability and scheduling of the software upgrade will vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements, Samsung reported when they announced the update.
One of our readers in Germany noticed that update on his network, slows down the internet connection on the Samsung Galaxy Note.
U.S. Samsung Galaxy Note owners should not get too excited it took over a year for the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to reach the Samsung Captivate. AT&T recently announced that it update the Samsung Captivate Glide, Note, S II, Skyrocket and Tab 8.9, but did not give any dates.
AT&T smartphone owners seldom get an over-the-update but are required to use the kies mini app that is only available on PC computers. It has also been learned that an update on a popular smartphone can clog networks significantly.