AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note Premium Suite software upgrade hands-on
This week AT&T could be pushing the Samsung Galaxy Note Premium Suite upgrade with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and we now have our hands on it right this minute. This upgrade in software brings you many features in S-Note and S-Memo and likewise brings on Android Beam with NFC in addition to facial unlock – the strangest screen unlock of all of them! You’ll also gain access to an odd application that’s also out now for the Galaxy S III: Samsung’s My Story app.
First have a peek at a few of the behind-the-scenes changes, starting with NFC. This device is now capable of use Android Beam to send photos, videos, and more to other devices simply so long as in addition they have NFC and Android Beam activated. For the time being it doesn’t appear that this option works between the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S III – anytime we’ve tried it out, S-Beam interferes and says that it’s incompatible with the Galaxy Note. an analogous situation happens with our Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean – the beam option appears at the Nexus side, but seeking to send a photograph leads to a message that informs us that the opposite device (the Note) doesn’t accept large file transfers. The Note itself doesn’t seem to have any response apart from the “boooh” sound effect and a haptic shake, no beaming out anywhere. We think that this case would be fixed rather rapidly.
Recent Apps can now be pulled up by holding down your own home button. This ability works perfectly well, and closely resembles the vanilla version of the feature.
Face unlock have been activated to your lockscreen. This ability also works just in addition to it does with the main updated version of Ice Cream Sandwich at the Galaxy Nexus (the single Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Nexus device available on the market. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates this option in order to work with multiple photo of your face for additonal security, and this one does besides, but here you’ve only got to hang up a still photo of yourself to make the unlock work. In Jelly Bean, the unlock screen requires which you move your face and head to get in – this being called a Liveness Check – the Note doesn’t quite have that yet.
This updated Galaxy Note also comes with better data usage monitoring, now allowing you to feature warnings and shutoff for data caps.
Starting with the app S-Note’s new Productivity Tools, Samsung’s suite of note and memo-taking apps has just gotten a section sweeter. Within the Productivity Tools you’ve now got, you could work with Formula Match, Shape Match, Handwriting-to-text, and data Search. You may be using Wolfram Alpha for both formula and data.
With Formula Match, you might have handwriting recognition that works undeniably well to show a scribbled down equation into something perfectly legible, to begin with. Then once you’ve that equation – however complicated or simple it usually is – sent to Wolfram Alpha to either provde the answer or graph out the system’s findings.
In Shape Match now you can draw simple shapes and they will be corrected for you. Because of this in the event you draw a wobbly circle, it will be become an ideal circle. If you happen to draw a 3-sided shape that appears the same as a triangle, it will be an ideal straight-edged triangle. You can make lines.
You’ll have Handwriting-to-text working for you, but it’ll take a chunk more being used to than the alternative features in case you use it straight up. Write one word, it will be translated into regardless of the system thinks it really is essentially instantly. After one word, you have to tap the gap bar or the following word would be entered right after the 1st, etc. It is a good start, and it’s very smart!
Then there’s Knowledge Lookup once you just don’t need to chat your questions out loud. Here you’ll even be working with handwriting to text (to be able to) otherwise you can straight up type into the app, but in any case you might have a sentence and you will be entering it into Wolfram Alpha again.
Have a peek at each of those four within the hands-on video here:
You may now also add a set of things to a brand new note in S-Note, including:
• Photos out of your gallery or a new photo
• Objects you’ve clipped using your S-Pen
• A map of your current location or a map of a location of your choosing
You’ll find that PDF Annotations also are now activated inside S-Note. Here you are able to insert and annotate PDF documents on your heart’s delight, share or save a PDF, or print straight from the app. You will have to import a PDF before you start to annotate, and you will find your annotated files within the Galaxy Note file directory if you want to access them later from outside the app.
There’s an S-Memo Widget that’s modern besides, here allowing you instant access to the S-Memo app normally in addition to shooting you straight to Type, Write/Draw, Add Picture, Voice Recording, or Search.
As slightly an advantage it kind of feels, both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note have got access to a Samsung-promoted app that only works so far at the two devices themselves. This app is known as Samsung’s My Story and it lets you make greeting cards which might be shared to and from the app to other users also using the app. Contained in the app you could add photos, change titles, and usually have an entertaining time fiddling around until you are prepared to send it off to a pal whose also got a Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note. Samsung continues to construct a vertically integrated system, piece by piece.
As a bit an advantage, listed below are a number of benchmarks run at the Galaxy Note with this software upgrade installed. Compare these to the unique benchmarks we’ve within the full review of the AT&T Galaxy Note and/or your personal AT&T Galaxy Note because it stands here and now. Note that these benchmarks are taken without the device being rooted, it being in its stock state.
Software Update Timeframe
This Premium Suite software upgrade would be dropping this week – starting at the 10th of July, 2012, and pushing to users in the course of the USA around the whole week. You have to to take advantage of your Samsung Kies desktop software to make this update happen, just as you’ve needed to for every other software update for the device.
Check out our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note for AT&T and head all the way down to the timeline below to determine all the most up-to-date Galaxy Note action to boot!