The original Galaxy Note was an unexpected success for Samsung, selling over 10 million units despite its large size. (Photo : Samsung)
Samsung has been aggressively putting out a robust mobile lineup that includes a number of new smartphones and tablets in all kinds of sizes and prices. On top of new devices, the South Korean electronics company has promised to keep older models relevant by providing them with software updates. Now, it seems that the original Samsung Galaxy Note may soon receive an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update.
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Samsung-centered website SamMobile found a video on Youtube in which a Galaxy Note is seen running firmware N7000XXLS7, which is based on Android 4.1.2. SamMobile does warn that there isn't really a way to confirm the video as real or not, but that it does look highly likely. Samsung had previously announced that the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2 were slated for Jelly Bean updates this quarter.
If the video is true, then Galaxy Note users can soon look forward to the TouchWiz Nature UX interface as well as the multi-window feature found on the Galaxy Note 2. The multi-window feature allows users to run more than one app at the same time on a split screen.
Keep in mind, that even if there is an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note, it will most likely be OTA and for unlocked Galaxy Notes. Those with Galaxy Notes tied to networks here in the United States will have to wait even longer for their carrier to approve the update, fill it with bloatware, and then distribute it. If you're an Android user, then you know that this can sometimes take months.
While most devices are still running older Android versions such as Gingerbread and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Google is currently beginning to push out Android 4.2, so let's hope these Android updates start coming out sooner rather than later, when they risk being outdated.