July 10, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
The Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T finally has support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. AT&T and Samsung announced today that the Galaxy Note, the surprise hit of the year with a very large screen and very solid support base, can be upgraded to ICS and unlock new Android 4.0 features as well as the Premium Suite of Samsung-specific upgrades.
The Galaxy Note update extends the capabilities of the S Pen stylus/drawing/input system. A new Shape Match feature can smooth out crudely drawn figures, so your circles or lines can be smooth or straight. The Formula Match converts hand drawn equations into math formulas that can be solved by the calculator, and a Wolfram Alpha search can be performed based on a handwritten note. The S Memo note taking app has been changed to bring all note forms – typed, written, voice, image, and search – into one easily browsable location. There are also new document templates and PDF annotations.
Android 4.0 features like Face Unlock and Android Beam also make their way to the Galaxy Note. The 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display should start showing many under the hood Android 4.0 features, but remember that this is still very much a Touchwiz device. The visual changes that ICS enhanced are largely ignored in place of Samsung’s UI, which is no surprise. There’s still more than a few new features to be excited about.
Download Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by using the Samsung Kies software program. All of the tools and instructions that you’ll need are in a step-by-step process available at Samsung.com.