We’ve seen Samsung provide tons of software upgrades for the original Galaxy Note, which shipped a bit over a year ago running off of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It has come a very long way since then, but some hints are pointing towards the original Galaxy Note being updated directly to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Now, with Jelly Bean we know there are tons of cool stuff packed in the update, but it seems that Samsung has included two major features with the update — the TouchWiz Nature UX and the coveted multi-window feature that is found in the Galaxy Note II. Multi-window was a major feature for the Note II, which allowed multiple applications to run on a split screen at any time.
Reports coming from SamMobile has indicated that new firmware version N7000XXLS3 is currently in testing phases at Samsung, and includes the Nature UX and multi-window support, in addition to the extremely limited “air view” floating cursor support with the S-Pen. A video today has also surfaced from French YouTuber Jimmy Nodet, which seems to show off an even newer ROM — N7000XXLS7. The video shows the TouchWiz Nature UX running on the original Galaxy Note along with the fully-functional multi-window abilities. The description of the video claims that this is an official Android 4.1.2 build for the International variant of the Galaxy Note. Of course, that by no means guarantees it is a legit build though. Rumors really stink eh?
Just last month rumors surfaced saying that Samsung would be bringing the multi-window feature to the extremely popular international Galaxy S III. This would be provided through a Android 4.1.2 update that was/is set for release in December. If the Galaxy S III would be getting this multi-window feature, it does make sense that the Galaxy Note would be seeing it through a firmware update as well.
It is important to note that Samsung hasn’t said anything about these updates as of yet, but I can imagine that a lot of Galaxy Note owners would be extremely happy to see this update release. Of course, until the updated firmware is out of Samsung’s internal testing phase and available for download, you really shouldn’t get very excited for now. Rumors can go two ways really quickly.
If the update were to surface though, it might be interesting to see how well the multi-window feature would do on the original Galaxy Note considering it is only a 1.4GHz Dual-Core processor as opposed to the Galaxy Note II’s 1.8GHz quad-core processor. Quite a significant difference if you ask me. Nevertheless, having the multi-window feature on the original Note might save some people from shelling out an extra few hundred dollars on a new handset.
Do you plan on getting a Galaxy Note II or are you holding out for this rumored update on the original Galaxy Note? Sound off in the comments below!
We’ll keep you updated if anymore information surfaces on this rumored multi-window update. With December just around the corner, I’d assume we’ll be seeing a lot more in the coming weeks.
source: Android Central