Original Samsung Galaxy Note to get Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III features via software update

With the launch of the Galaxy Note II just around the corner, the last thing we’d expect for the original Samsung Galaxy Notebesides a full 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade – is feature-rich update. However, an update is indeed rolling out today for the international version of the Galaxy Note (GT-N7000) packing a host of features and UI enhancements plucked straight from the Galaxy S III and Note II. The update is still based on Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), however the updated features themselves are the stars of the show here.

International Note owners will now get to enjoy features like “Pop up Play” (mentioned in the Galaxy Note II link above), a Note II-style 3D gallery, the Galaxy S III launcher, and S Cloud contact backup just to highlight a few. This official update to version XXLRQ can be grabbed either over-the-air or through Kies for unlocked Galaxy Note devices in Germany. Other territories should follow suit with the update in the coming weeks.

source:  XDA Forums

 

International Galaxy Note receives minor update with some major changes

Samsung has just released a so-called minor update for the Galaxy Note for our international Android family members. The update takes G Note owners from ICS 4.0.3 to 4.0.4. Along with the usual bug fixes and performance improvements are two pretty wicked additions to the software.

First up is the POPup Play feature that was seen at the GS III announcement which enables users to have a video playing while being able to have access to other apps and such at the same time. It’s a really awesome feature for those of us that want to check that email or text that just arrived but don’t want to stop the cinematic action.

The second feature is the Signature Unlock function where one can just simply sign their name using Sammy’s S Pen to gain access to their phone content, taking the place of the traditional PIN or Pattern Lock security features.

So there you have it folks. Not a bad update, indeed. The update is now available OTA or can be downloaded via Samsung Kies desktop software. Let us know what you think when you get the goods!

source: samsungmobile

Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Appearing For AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Owners of AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket have had an ICS leak to play with for a little while, but it was not a final build. The wait is nearly over, though, as reports are coming in that the official Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Skyrocket is arriving via Kies for some folks.

We’re not sure if it’s a staggered roll-out or if it’s wide open, so Skyrocket owners, go ahead and launch Kies and have a look to see if build IMM76D.UCLF6 is waiting there for you. If it is, let us know your thoughts on the update!

source: xda
via: android central

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Receives Coveted Ice Cream Sandwich Update Through Kies

AT&T & Samsung has finally made good on its promise on updating the Samsung Galaxy S II to Android 4.0. Reports are coming in from various outlets that the update is now available and ready for all owners. While it would be nice to have the update pushed over the air, Galaxy S II owners will have to use Samsung’s desktop companion Kies in order to grab the ICS update.

We know owners are ready to give the Galaxy S II a new lease on life, so be sure to head on to the source link to find the update software as well as complete instructions on how to update your device.

source: Samsung Kies

Gingerbread update for the Galaxy Tab rolling out in Italy

The original Galaxy Tab might be one of the best deals right now if you don’t feel the need for Honeycomb, and it looks like the Tab is getting some Gingerbread love. According to reports from an Italian Android forum, Android 2.3.3 has begun rolling out through Kies to Galaxy Tab owners in Italy.

There is no word on anyone outside of Italy getting this update, but I think it is safe to assume that this will eventually hit all Galaxy Tab owners in the near future.

Let us know if you receive the update and we will let you know when we hear more. The build number is XXJQ1 (baseband version P1000XXJPZ)

[via androidcentral]

T-Mobile and Samsung Offer Froyo Update KA6 to Vibrant Owners via Mini Kies

Galaxy S owners are all eagerly awaiting the Froyo update, and T-Mobile said they would be rolling the update out to their customers. However, a post in the T-Mobile forums indicates that this update won’t be going out over-the-air after all, but instead will be available by download via the Mini Kies tool. At this point, this is the only option for Vibrant owners wanting to update to Froyo, and they’re saying that the update won’t be OTA at any point down the road. That’s not to say that a later update might not be sent out that will include Froyo, but don’t expect to see KA6 being pushed out to your device.

[via T-Mobile Forums]

Rogers Canada rolls out Froyo to Samsung Captivate owners

If you rock a Samsung Captivate and happen to reside in Mr. Rogers neighborhood up in Canada, then you might want to have a mid-week celebration, ey?  Following the trend of the other Galaxy phones from Samsung and Rogers, the Captivate is getting it’s 2.2 rollout and is ripe for the pickings now.  All you have to do is update via  the Kies application on your PC.  Not sure what that is?  No problem…Rogers has a nice and easy PDF that will walk you through the process!  So what are you waiting for?  Slap on a warm jacket and get a crackin’!

[via Rogers Community Forums]

Samsung KIES Tool Reaches Official Version 2.0

Samsung’s KIES tool is a very common method of syncing and updating Samsung phones, ESPECIALLY outside of the US. A lot of European Galaxy S phones have seen updates to Froyo or maintenance releases, for example, that are only available via the KIES utility. KIES has been running in a beta form of 2.0 for a bit now, but it has finally been finalized and 2.0 has been made “official.” For our non-US readers who use, or may want to use, KIES, you can go ahead and grab the update from the official site.

I’ve never used this utility myself, but have read mixed reviews. Love it, hate? Let us know in the comments if you’re a KIES user.

[via Samsung Mobile by way of EuroDroid]