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Samsung starts Galaxy Note Android 4.0 ICS update process right about…now

May 10, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka

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Apparently, the Samsung Galaxy Note is good for more than just blowing people away with how good you can be in Draw Something. The S-Pen-powered, super-sized screen will prove to be an even greater combination when Samsung upgrades the device starting today.

Samsung has begun updating European Galaxy Note users to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. One user in Germany reported receiving the update on XDA, and it’s since extended to a Galaxy Note owner in the Netherlands and a couple other places. European, unlocked Galaxy Note users can check for updates by going to the Settings > About Phone menu. Availability will vary by market and carrier.

The Galaxy Note update has been highly-anticipated since Samsung uploaded a promotional video that showcases how much more powerful note creating and annotating is in the “Premium Suite” enabled when the Galaxy Note is upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The video was light on showcasing how ICS changes the overall UI and features of the phone, but the YouTube description noted that Android 4.0 staples like Face Unlock, multitasking, and a faster camera are on the way. So too is an exclusive version of Angry Birds Space only available on the Note.

The S-Pen functionality was the star of the video, and will probably do the same for everyday users. Already known for being more flexible for the creative and productive process thanks to the S-Pen, the Galaxy Note gets several new tools for marking and creating. Among the many changes are shape recognition, handwritten “knowledge search” within a note, better notebook management, and PDF annotation (something Adobe has already done). Watch the video below to see more.