The Samsung Galaxy Note was one of most popular phablets/smartphones of 2011 and its popularity remained intact all the way until the next iteration was launched in 2012. And expectedly, ever since the Galaxy Note II launched, we have kind of forgotten entirely about the original Note. But Samsung certainly hasn’t forgotten about the smartphone as it has been rather quick to roll out updates for the smartphone. The original Galaxy Note is currently running on Ice Cream Sandwich, which is if the user has updated beyond Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But Ice Cream Sandwich is a little over a year old now, so having that on your phone isn’t exactly that big of a deal, which is why Samsung is working on the Jelly Bean update for this phone. While we’ve hardly had any info about the update so far, we might just have gotten a hint that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the original Galaxy Note might be right around the corner. The reason we can say this with certainty, is because Samsung has just published the service manual for the upcoming Android 4.1.2 update on its website.
This update is expected to go live in the January-February time frame, which is when the Samsung Galaxy S II will be receiving the update as well. It’s pretty big news for Galaxy Note users as the company is still supporting them even after two major updates. This should pretty much be the end of the road for these devices though, as the next major release which is believed to be Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, might not see the light of the day for 2011 smartphones. But we never know with a company like Samsung, and it might surprise us all by rolling out an update to these devices as well. As of now, the users can be pretty assured of running the latest version of Android (maybe we should reserve that statement after the Android 4.2 update?)
The Galaxy Note features a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED HD display, a dual core 1.4 GHz Exynos 4212 chipset, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera on the back as well as a 2MP front facing camera. The device was announced at the IFA 2011 event in Berlin and was an instant hit there. All in all, Samsung got everything right with the Galaxy Note and continued the legacy with the Note II last year. This update is very welcome and will go a long way in building the trust of its loyal users.