Samsung Unleashes Phased JellyBean 4.1.2 Upgrade to Global Owners of the Original Galaxy Note

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By Erik Pineda | February 19, 2013 3:18 PM EST

Project Butter and JellyBean 4.1.2 are all geared up to inhabit your still trusty Galaxy Note from Samsung as the company announced the gradual deployment of the official Android jump for the device that set off the phablet fever.

The phased dispatch was tipped off by SamMobile, which noted too that the new Android vanilla for the groundbreaking hybrid gadget should reach Note owners in stages, likely starting off with the unlock units.

Galaxy Notes obtained though telco package plans will have to wait for a bit more time but the same report assured that "the update will arrive soon."

It will be complete interface revamp once JellyBean 4.1.2 is chewed in by original Note users as the patch will deliver the freshly redesigned Nature UX skin. Once the download and install are completed, the original Note will take in most of the features and functions of the Galaxy Note 2.

The new look will also resemble that of the Galaxy S3, SamMobile said.

The same report listed the following as the exciting new feature upgrades packed with the JellyBean menu:

-          Smooth performance and great Stability

-          Multi windows view and multitasking introduced on the Note 2, which can be disabled

-          Page Buddy

-          Customisable notification panel

-          Smart screen display that detects angle adjustments

-          Better Samsung keyboard

-          Samsung's Cloud services

-          Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play

-          Integration with Galaxy S3 widgets

-          Dual home screen modes

-          Google now and new notifications bar

The file update has been released over the air (OTA) and Galaxy Note owners can check if the patch is ready for download by tapping to the Menu icon then Settings, going into About Phone and Check Update.

Or the device can be connected to a PC where the Samsung Kies is installed. Once attached, the software will pull up a dialogue box, declaring if the update file is ready or not.

A successful upgrade process will morph the Note build with this: Build JZO54K.

Introduced in 2011, the Galaxy Note was first greeted with doubts by many experts, pointing out that its weird form factor made for an uncomfortable smartphone function. Some even dismissed the Note as a Samsung gambit that will fade away silently.

But consumers ignored the reviews and bought the oversized smartphone in big numbers, prompting for a second edition that proved more successful.

En route to the third version, which reports said will roll out in a few weeks' time, Samsung let out the new JellyBean to the original Galaxy Note, effectively giving the handset a fresh look and more interesting capabilities.

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