Telus is bringing the much-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the Samsung Galaxy Note. It will be available starting July 13. This smartphone with its 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, and support for the S Pen stylus and Near Field Communication, was one of Samsung’s successful releases in 2011. Out of the box, the device shipped with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS.
Meanwhile, the Canadian wireless carrier has also released the schedule for the same update on other devices. For the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, the update will arrive as early as July 20 next week. On the other hand, there is no schedule yet for the LG Optimus LTE, although it is expected sometime during the middle of July. As for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, the update will be available this coming August whereas the 10.1-inch version of the slate will have it sometime late next month. The HTC Desire HD, for its part will get ICS on July 25.
Along with these ICS updates, Telus is likewise pushing updates for Blackberry and Windows Phone devices. The Blackberry Bold 9790 will receive the upgrade on July 11. As for the LG Optimus 7, it will get the MRC3 Windows Phone update this coming June 20 while the Nokia Lumia 800 will receive it on July 13.
Software updates often add functionalities, allowing users to expand the features of their devices. Furthermore, they are also known to provide fixes for issues that users experienced on these handsets. In particular, the Ice Cream Sandwich update offers a redesigned user interface, better camera capabilities and additional effects, enhanced email and web browsing, better spell check and voice input and resizeable widgets. As well as a new home screen, improved People app, the ability to respond to a call via text, and novel features like face unlocking, Android Beam NFC sharing, Wi-Fi Direct, and Bluetooth HDP. In general, it makes multi-tasking easier with all the improvements included in the update.
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