• Samsung Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich update with Premium Suite available tomorrow.


    Samsung just announced that their Android 4.0 upgrade for Canadian Galaxy Notes is coming tomorrow. It includes Premium Suite software which are programs that use the Note's S Pen.

    You can now use the S Pen to solve mathematical formulas along with tables and grids. You can also write out questions and get answers.

    Other new features include My Story, Face Unlock, Android Beam and the Data Usage feature in settings.
    Samsung Canada offers Premium Suite software upgrade for GALAXY Note users
    Software package offers exclusive S Pen applications, enhanced multimedia features, and an Android 4.0 upgrade

    MISSISSAUGA, July 12, 2012 – Samsung Canada today announced that the Premium Suite upgrade for GALAXY Note users will be available starting tomorrow. It includes extra multimedia features and a range of new S Pen optimized applications in addition to an OS upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

    The Premium Suite offers new features and applications exclusive to GALAXY Note and its innovative S Pen, which includes the option to download the free app, S Note, a unique tool that lets you combine your notes or sketches with other digital content, giving you a new way to create your own stories. S Note comes in various ready-to-use templates for a range of tasks including meeting minutes, diary and others.

    “GALAXY Note continues to delight Canadian customers with its incredible versatility and unique user experience,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President Enterprise Business Group at Samsung Canada. “With the Premium Suite upgrade, we added features that enrich the GALAXY Note experience, including the highly anticipated upgrade to Android 4.0 software and innovative applications to S Pen functionality.”

    S Note also includes the innovative Shape Match and Formula Match applications that help correct and digitize geometric shapes and even solve mathematical formulas hand-drawn with S Pen, increasing your on-the-go efficiency and productivity. You can draw tables and grids which are instantly digitized, saving time and effort. Moreover, by using the S Note’s integrated knowledge search engine, Wolfram Alpha, users can quickly search, and obtain information by simply writing out a question.

    For a touch of self-expression, the Premium Suite also includes My Story (which is a download from S Choice), another S Pen optimized application that allows you to create personalized digital cards for friends or family using any type of content including notes, video content, photos, text or voice.

    The Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade brings a new user experience to Android on GALAXY Note, with a more intuitive user interface that includes a redesigned App menu for easier multi-tasking. The upgrade also introduces innovations such as Face Unlock, Data Usage, Android Beam and others.

    Availability:
    The Premium Suite upgrade for GALAXY Note users will be available from Canadian carriers tomorrow. For specific details, please contact your local carrier.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Samsung Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich update with Premium Suite available tomorrow. started by howard View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. Mobilicity604's Avatar
      Mobilicity604 -
      It's available now!!! System Update.
    1. yljasam's Avatar
      yljasam -
      Samsung is also a good choice.
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Downloading now. It's a 250MB OTA update.
    1. Dragonstar1967's Avatar
      Dragonstar1967 -
      Got it installed now. It shows as 4.0.4.

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    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      I started out using the OTA method but it stopped when the download was almost finished so now I'm updating via Kies.
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Okay, it's done updating. I've only used it for a few minutes but at a glance things haven't changed that much. I'm not happy that my icons have been re-arranged in alphabetical order. Other then that to me the biggest update is how you can close programs by using the task switcher. That's an ICS feature. The addition of Android Beam is nice if you have friends who also have this feature.

      I'll play with the new S Pen specific apps for a while and update this thread with my findings.
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Just ran a quick benchmark. SunSpider scores are basically the same as with Gingerbread so the update doesn't improve or degrade performance in this respect.
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
      Just ran a quick benchmark. SunSpider scores are basically the same as with Gingerbread so the update doesn't improve or degrade performance in this respect.
      Spoke too soon. SunSpider have improved about 150ms. It's not something you'd notice even if you had a ICS and a Gingerbread Note side-by-side but it's worth pointing out.

      The camera is still very slow but it's faster than I remember.
    1. cellphonejunky's Avatar
      cellphonejunky -
      Just updated rogers wireless galaxy note........!



      Summary.........amazing!!!!!!!



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    1. Dragonstar1967's Avatar
      Dragonstar1967 -
      Any idea where the premium suite is?

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    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Yeah I'm trying to figure out how to use the note to solve equations but can't figure it out (the irony)
    1. sabesh's Avatar
      sabesh -
      I'm tempted to pick up a Note now
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
      Yeah I'm trying to figure out how to use the note to solve equations but can't figure it out (the irony)
      Okay, turns out you have to use S Note to solve equations (along with the other features). S Note is a seperate download. It's kind of confusing because S Memo is included with the Note whereas S Note is a seperate download (Memo and Note are synonyms).

      Anyways, I'm not able to download anything from Samsung Apps. It gives me an error about my country everytime I try to download something. I also can't figure out how to change my country. Everytime I try to change my information I get a processing failure message :P

      Anyone able to download S Note?
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Okay, turns out I had to create a new Samsung App account. S Note is a hefty 75MB download.

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      Besides allowing you to draw out notes you can use it to solve mathematical formulas, draw shapes, recognize text as well as recognize and answer hand written questions.


      While everyone's different I don't see how any of these features are useful. S Note uses Wolfram Alpha to solve the formulas along with all the questions feature.


      The mathematical formula feature is pretty cool. Are Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard going to sue Samsung over this feature?

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      As for the drawing shapes what it does is takes your hand drawn shapes and 'cleans up' the lines and curves. It's probably more useful for complex shapes since S Note already has an option for you to choose pre-drawn shapes.


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      The question feature isn't useful at all. The Note has a hard time recognizing my (admittedly difficult to read) hand writing. I don't see how this is any more useful than using your browser to search Wolfram Alpha.


      As for the handwriting recognition I've never understood the point of it when you can use the built-in keyboard.


      The features in S Note are definitely cool but I'm not sure how useful most people will find them.
    1. Dragonstar1967's Avatar
      Dragonstar1967 -
      So far I notice my battery draining a lot quicker. Anyone else?

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    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      I just ran my battery benchmark and compared it with my previous results. Read about it in my review of the Galaxy Note.

      GB: 329mins
      ICS: 350mins

      It could be that the video player has been optimized.
    1. cellphonejunky's Avatar
      cellphonejunky -
      Does anybody notice rapid battery drain...!?
    1. tweakerxp's Avatar
      tweakerxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by cellphonejunky View Post
      Does anybody notice rapid battery drain...!?
      Yes, my Bell Note seems to die faster since the update
    1. cellphonejunky's Avatar
      cellphonejunky -
      Quote Originally Posted by cellphonejunky View Post
      Just updated rogers wireless galaxy note........!



      Summary.........amazing!!!!!!!



      Sent from my SGH-I717R using HowardForums
      Just noticed an issue....my battery drains much faster!!!!
    1. cellphonejunky's Avatar
      cellphonejunky -
      Its really frustrating!!!!