Jul 09 AT 2:44 PM Dustin Earley 18 Comments

AT&T Galaxy Note finally updated to Android 4.0; just in time for T-Mobile


When the international version of the Galaxy Note received Android 4.0, packaged as Samsung’s Premium Suite, AT&T users knew they’d have a couple month wait until the update was reworked to Ma Bell’s standards. Sure enough, here we are some two months later and the update is finally rolling out to AT&T Galaxy Notes starting tomorrow. Coincidentally, just in time for T-Mobile to hopefully start selling the device.

There’s a reason why Samsung has attached the Premium Suite tag to the Note’s update to Ice Cream Sandwich. It doesn’t just include the normal ICS flavored enhancements some devices have been enjoying for quite awhile now. There’s a ton of S-Pen functionality added to Android 4.0 that breathes new life into the device.

The biggest changes in the update come bundled with a new and much improved S-Note app. As detailed by The Verge, who has spent some hands-on time with the update, S-Note can now transcribe hand writing into text, convert scribbles into honest to goodness shapes, submit equations to Wolfram Alpha and import PDF files for annotation. Samsung has also included an S-Memo widget, and made My Story, the greeting card app, available for download in Google Play.

Of course along with the added S-Pen functionality, there is a huge boost in performance. It’s still no Jelly Bean, which uses Project Butter to make Android smoother than ever, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

In other Note related news, we couldn’t help but notice the eerie timing between the AT&T Note’s update date, tomorrow, July 10th, and the original rumored release date for T-Mobile’s highly anticipated Note variation, July 11th. Especially since T-Mobile’s Note is rumored to actually launch with ICS, and Galaxy Note accessories have started showing up in T-Mobile retail stores today. There’s good reason to believe T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note won’t be available until August 8th at this point, but things are falling together quite nicely for a rushed July 11th release.

AT&T Note users, feel free to come back to this post tomorrow and share your Android 4.0 update experiences. We’d love to hear how it went.

Source: The Verge

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • McLovin

    I think its great that T-Mobile is getting the Note. But…. didn’t the Note debut last October 2011? That’s a bit stale now for a new phone purchase for me. I was fortunate enough to get on the Galaxy S iii bandwagon this round. If they were going to debut the Note on T-Mobile they should just wait and debut the Note II.

    • R.S

      The international Note was released in December but I don’t think it hit the US until February. Regardless, I still think that T-Mobile should have gotten this phone a lot sooner.

      However, the Nexus wasn’t sold in the Google Store until 4 months after it was first sold on Verizon, yet people have still purchased it. Now granted, the Nexus offers a pure Google experience, no contract and is unlocked. The Note offers something that I believe many people have yearned for; a bigger and a stylus.

    • Jon Garrett

      Oct 2011? in Europe or Asia maybe but it didnt come to the states til Feb 2012. but here’s the beauty of Android–there’s more to choose from. you can get the Galaxy S III right now or the Note II in October.

    • Richard Yarrell

      I am happy for all Tmobile customers who decide to get the Galaxy Note. Yes it might be old but in reality it is new WHY because at least Tmobile made sure to bring it with ICS and on it’s banging 42mbps blazing fast network. That is what you call perfect timing instead of bringing it to the network with gingerbread. Who knows maybe Tmobile has a surprise for us maybe we will have the GALAXY NOTE 2 launch just like the Galaxy S3 did on all carriers come September/October…

  • o ? o

    Something tells me tmobile is not getting the note because some people are saying that the accessories for tmobile note is fake

  • kwills88

    Now, Imagine running the full version of Jelly Bean on The Note.

    • Dave Clary

      I sure hope to be doing that on my N7000!!

  • BigCiX

    If its coming with ICS that’s a plus.

  • Nathan D.

    So who getting the note on T-Mobile? It is still a nice phone.

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  • Jon Garrett

    I updated my Galaxy S II to ICS about 2 weeks ago and Ive had nothing but problems., there’s no way in hell Im updating my Note to ICS.

    If anybody here does., please post here and tell us what problems you’re having. some of the issues I have with ICS on my GS2 are;

    -phone freezes a lot

    -contacts app will crash during phone calls. caller cant here me, I cant here them and it takes about 40-60 seconds for the phone to respond–by then whoever I was talking to has hung up

    - lock scree lock and unlock sounds don’t work anymore.

    - my favorite 3rd party apps (volume+ and Go SMS) no longer work properly

    I don’t want any of these issues FKing up my Note !!

    • Johnathan Prochaska

      I updated my phone as well and have had none of those problems.

      By the way, you have to go into options to add the lock screen lock and unlock sounds. All of my apps have worked way better, especially the Gmail application, Facebook and the google search abilities. I also have chrome now which is amazing to use on the GS2.

    • Gast

      You work at the same time with both the Note and the SII ? (just curious)

    • Phil

      Perform a factory data reset on the phone. it will be better when you are done.

    • Phil

      Factory data reset. Fixes all….

  • bryanizmir

    Just finished updating my Note using Kies (full desktop version, not kies air…) Haven’t had a chance to play much with it yet, will review when I get a chance, unless someone beats me to it! Definitely no big cosmetic changes other than menus and other things covered in the reviews. Biggest thing I’m looking forward to is Chrome.

  • NoteUser

    I updated mine earlier today. They didn’t fix the speed-dialer bug where you tap on the number and then hit send and you get an error. However, aside from a couple apps hanging (not more than once each so far, and less than a handful of apps), things have been smooth, speedy, and nice. All my apps stayed around, as did all my data. I had to repopulate the home screens, but I expected that.

    Thankfully I can now disable the stupid YP app, though I still can’t uninstall it. I was able to remove several other AT&T apps I previously could not. LTE speeds are about the same as before, according to SpeedTest. I am now able to use the Time Warner Cable app to watch live tv streams on my home network, which is handy. I did install Chrome, and it was ok, but I think I prefer the old browser. Some improvements in the old browser: toggle between desktop and mobile versions of pages from a menu item, better zoom to fit.

    I also like the settings arrangement a bit better now. Easier to get to Bluetooth/Wifi settings, others as well are arranged more intuitively.

  • selena

    S I got the update on the AT&T SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE!!
    Check:How to upgrade your galaxy note on this version.http://www.careace.net/2012/07/10/how-to-update-samsung-att-galaxy-note-android-4-0-ics-2/