The past several weeks have been great for owners of Android devices who have been waiting for an upgrade to their smartphones and tablets to the most recent operating system of Google, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Since mid month of April, the entire Xperia line of Sony including its flagship Sony Tablet S as well as the incredibly popular Galaxy S2 of Samsung has obtained their ICS upgrades.
Currently, it is Samsung's turn to receive an ICS upgrade for its top selling phone and tablet hybrid, the Samsung Galaxy Note. The phablet will receive the update over the air. The upgrade has been quiet without plenty of fanfare. However, it only reached a somewhat limited amount of Galaxy Note units. In particular, only the Note's international edition with the GT-N7000 code, has obtained an update so far and only owners in Europe seem to be the first to obtain the update.
What this means is that owners of the Galaxy Note under AT&T or any other carrier still have to wait for their own updates to come later on.
Just like the usual, Samsung will promote a TouchWiz skinned version of the ICS versus the stock Android in the new upgrade that is 318 MB in size. This implies that Samsung will offer the Premium Suite with S-Pen optimized apps.
The suite comprises of the S Note's updated versions as well as the My Story and Shape Match apps that are particularly made for the Galaxy Note. No official announcement has been made as to when the update will be available to Galaxy Notes that are branded by carriers in the United States and worldwide. What is certain as of the moment is that the ICS of Android will give the usual strength in the performance and usability of the device when it is updated to that OS.