Samsung Galaxy Note users hoping to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich might need to wait a little longer. According to Samsung Norway’s facebook page, the ICS upgrade for Galaxy Note will be released in Q2 this year. A few days ago, Samsung has announced its roll out of ICS in stages for the Galaxy S II.
For other models, Samsung has already listed Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Tab 10.1 as additional models to get ICS but without providing any roll out timeline. Also yet to be known is the ICS upgrade for the recent Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Tab 7.7. Since they are rather similar to the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Tab 2 10.1, it shouldn’t be too hard for them to push ICS over onto existing models.
Let’s hope it won’t get delayed any further.
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Previously Galaxy Y owners got free LMFAO tickets and Samsung is continuing its customer reward program with free tickets to catch the screening of Disney’s “John Carter” at Mid Valley. This offer is exclusive for Samsung Galaxy Note owners and all the need to do is flash the device to get a pair of movie tickets.
Redemption details are as follows:
When: Friday, 16 March 2012, 2100hrs (Queue time starts at 1800hrs)
Where: Hall 2, Golden Screen Cinemas, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur
Samsung has only 71 pairs of tickets to give away, so you better come early to stand a chance to get a pair.
This coming 22nd March, Rovio mobile will be releasing its all new Angry Birds Space. Now taking place in space, the game play is somewhat different with the lack of gravity.
In partnership with Samsung, Galaxy Note owners will get to enjoy free exclusive content such as free access to Danger Zone update which comes with 30 maps and a new Lazer Bird with super powers. The game will be available on iOS, Android, Mac and PC this 22nd.
One more video showing the gameplay of Angry Birds Space after the break.
U Mobile has also joined the 5.3″ tablet bandwagon by offering the Samsung Galaxy Note on contract from as low as RM1,549. This is the 4th telco in Malaysia shortly after Maxis started offering theirs last week. This gives you an alternative for getting the Galaxy Note on contract with lower monthly commitment on their U28, U58 and U88 postpaid plans.
The RM1,549 contract price is offered on U88 plan (RM88/month) which comes with 3GB of data with bundled calls and SMS. For those that want to commit slightly less, on U58 (RM58/month) it is offered at RM1749. If you want the cheapest plan, there’s U28 (RM28/month) where the Galaxy Note is going for RM1,949. The contract plans are tied to 24 months duration.
There’s no upfront payment for U28 but 1 month advance subscription is required for U58 while U88 requires 3 months advance subscription fee. For ease of ownership, U Mobile is also offering Easy Payment Plan where you can pay the device over 12 months installments.
For more information, head over to U Mobile’s Phone deals.
Big thanks to Tessiemah for the alert!
On Maxis, the 5.3″ HD Super AMOLED device is offered with either 1GB and 3GB bolt-on data plans on top of any Maxis Value postpaid subscription. You can choose from 3 contract duration options of 12, 18 and 24 months. The Galaxy Note is offered as low as RM1,549 with 24 months subscription of 3GB data plan. For the minimal spender, it goes for RM1,949 with 12 months subscription of 1GB data.
The revised data plan rates have been refreshed as well. With a minimum of Maxis Value First postpaid (RM30), the minimum bundled options would be RM78/month (1GB) and RM98/month (3GB).
As comparison, DiGi offers the Galaxy Note from RM1399 while Celcom offers it from RM1368.
For more information, head over to Maxis.
The OTA update brings changes to the lock screen, keyboard and dialer keypad to name a few enhancements. Unfortunately, this update does not include Android 4.0.
The lock screen gets a “swipe to unlock” message at the bottom. In addition, the distance you have to swipe to unlock the screen has also been reduced considerably to make is easier for you to unlock the device with one hand.
The keyboard has also been updated to include a new row of keys for numbers as well. You also get the option to customize your keyboard for one handed use and also the option to oriented the keyboard for left- or right-handed use. The dialer keypad also gets the same features making it easier for the Galaxy Note to be operated with one hand.
The update is available now and is being rolled out to all open market devices. That means Malaysian units should be getting the update right about now, no KIES required. The update is 70 MB so have your Galaxy Note connected to WiFi before you begin the update process.
Samsung’s mammoth Galaxy Note has shipped over a million units in 2 months. Not bad considering it hasn’t launch in US yet. According to Samsung, they have been getting strong demands in both Europe and Asia with countries like France, Germany Taiwan and Hong Kong showing a steady rise.
This also shows that the sheer 5.3″ size didn’t really put off consumers from wanting it. In Malaysia, the Galaxy Note is proven a hit just like its Samsung Galaxy S II sibling.
If you’re wanting to own a Galaxy Note for free, the Galaxy Note Angry Birds competition is still running until year end. There are 3 Malaysians on the Top 10 right now and the highest is on the #3 spot.
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This is certainly great news for Samsung Galaxy users.
Samsung has announced that it is aiming to roll-out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for a selected range of its Galaxy devices as early the first quarter of 2012. The update will start rolling out to the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note devices within the first quarter 2012 while the following devices are slated to get ICS later in the year.
Samsung says they will make separate announcements on details of ICS update schedule for each market according to availability taking into account market situation and carriers’ requirements. If we hear anything, we’ll update you.
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Update: It seems that we have offended a few Nokia N8 enthusiasts out there with our findings. In pursuit of the truth, we want to set the record straight, and so we have a proposition for the N8 enthusiasts who’ve expressed their opinions about this post. We have a proposition for you. Is the Nokia N8 still the best camera phone out there? Let’s settle this once and for all. Head on over to after the jump for details.
We’re just one week away from the launch of the iPhone 4S in Malaysia. Aside from an uprated processor that’s now dual-core and very chatty Siri, the biggest improvement on the new iPhone is its camera.
With a Sony-sourced 8MP backlit sensor and improved optics, Apple says the new camera on its latest iPhone offers performance that rivals most dedicated point-and-shoot cameras, but is this claim founded?
Naturally, we’re curious to find out ourselves if the camera on the iPhone 4S is as good as Apple claims it to be, and so we’ve assemble some of the best 8MP smartphone shooters we could get our hands on along with the 12MP Nokia N8 for good measure and went out on a photowalk; taking pictures and videos using these devices in various situations to find out which smartphone available in the market right now has the best camera overall.
We compare the iPhone 4S with the Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, Motorola RAZR, Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and Nokia N8. Follow us to after the jump to see the sample shots and videos as well as our verdict on which smartphone has the best camera right now.
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Samsung together with Rovio is currently running a global Angry Birds competition to promote the Galaxy Note. All you got to do is play Angry Birds on Google Chrome and try to get the highest score amongst players from all over the world. Top 50 scorers will stand a chance to win Samsung Galaxy Notes and a bunch of Angry Birds merchandise.
What’s awesome is that a Malaysian is currently leading the pack amongst hard core Angry Birds gamers from around the world. Not only that three Malaysians are in the top three spot and six are in the top 20.
It goes to show that we Malaysians take our Angry Birds very, very seriously.
Think you’re a serious Angry Bird contender, the Competition ends January 1, 2012, so there’s still time to make your global mark. Winners will be announced before January 14, 2012. Good luck people!
Thanks @tigervyh for the headsup. He’s currently 17th in the competition.