Samsung upgrades original Galaxy Note to Android Jelly Bean

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Samsung Electronics is updating its original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note phablet to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1.2, a.k.a. Jelly Bean. The update--available as an over-the-air download or through Windows and Mac computers via the Samsung Kies content sync and software application--will initially roll out to the international N7000 Galaxy Note, expanding to U.S. models offered by AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile USA in the coming weeks.

Samsung Galaxy Note Jelly Bean

Samsung Galaxy Note

Alongside core Android 4.1 features such as the Project Butter UI engine, a revamped homescreen and Google Now, which includes personalized information such as local weather and traffic updates, Samsung's Jelly Bean update integrates customized enhancements including a new live camera and camcorder filters, the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window and Easy Mode, which offers widget-based access to users' favorite apps as well as a blocking mode that silences incoming calls, alerts and notifications.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note, its first Android phablet product, in late 2011. The device initially ran Android 2.3, or Gingerbread, and later upgraded to Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich.

Last month, Samsung overhauled its Galaxy Note 10.1 phablet to Jelly Bean. The manufacturer has pledged to update more than a dozen smartphones and tablets to Jelly Bean, including the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Music, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Rugby Pro.

Google introduced Android Jelly Bean in July 2012. Its Android Developers Dashboard reports that as of Feb. 4, 12.2 percent of devices run Android 4.1, compared to 9 percent a month earlier.

For more:
- read this Android Community article
- read this Droid Guy article

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