Samsung have started rolling out the Android Jelly Bean update for the original Galaxy Note. The update takes the N7000 version of the phone to Android 4.1.2 and brings a lot of new features. I received the 500mb update today and it feels like a major update to the OS. The update introduces the new Jelly Bean features like Google Now (which I a big fan of) and a smoother UI thanks to Project Butter.
Also in the updated version of TouchWiz (Samsung’s UI layer) and many of the features on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and S3 are in the update. The notification area has been updated and can be customised, there is a new on screen keyboard and there are now two screen modes, there is the standard mode now called Basic and an Easy Mode that setups the screens and widgets in a way that is simple for new Smartphone users.
There are also new widgets and the new Multi-view where you can split the screen to have multiple apps running on the screen at once. S Memo has been replaced with S Note which is a richer note taking app. There is now a Blocking Mode where it will disable inbound calls, notification, and alarms inside a set time range. There is an allowed list that you can have the phone still notify you of even when it’s in Blocked Mode.
There is a new Smart Stay mode uses the camera to track your eyes and can do things like keep the screen when you looking at the phone
Also when I opened the Dropbox app it gave me another 48 GB of storage, this was an offer that launched with the Note 2 and S3 so it’s nice to see Note owners get the two year option.
It’s impressive that Samsung continue to update the Note, when I first got the phone it was running Gingerbread and in the last year it has had the ICS update and now Jelly Bean. The update has given the phone a new lease of life to the phone.
Split Screen Mode
New Home Screen modes