Jelly Bean adoption doubled among Android users by the end of 2012, and as we roll into the New Year it looks like more devices will get the upgrade. While Samsung’s attention may be focused on its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 2, it hasn’t neglected the device’s predecessor.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note N7000 is allegedly in the process of being updated to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, Android news blog the Droid Guy reports. Users in Poland have reported successful downloads of the updated firmware through Samsung’s KIES software. This comes as no surprise, considering Poland was the first nation to get the long-awaited Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 back in September.
Jelly Bean comes in many different flavors these days, but the Android 4.1.2 update is particularly crucial for Samsung users. This update brings the recently announced Premium Suite features to Samsung’s Galaxy Note series and the Galaxy S3. In addition to the typical enhancements that come with the Jelly Bean software, these Premium Suite package brings Multi View functionality to handsets. This means that users can open more than one application at a time and run them both in separate windows on the home screen.
While this is probably the most buzzworthy feature, other noteworthy additions include Popup Note, which lets users write down notes with the S Pen while in a phone call. The Paper Artist feature lets Galaxy Note owners edit photos with the S Pen, and users can also add their own handwritten messages to the front or back of their images.
Galaxy Note owners in Poland may be able to find an over-the-air (OTA) update via their Settings menu in addition to connecting to KIES. There hasn’t been any word on when this Android 4.1.2 update would roll out to additional handsets in other regions, but we expect to hear more on this soon.
Some smartphones and tablets are still waiting on variants of Android 4.1, but Google has already moved on to the next version of its mobile operating system. In November the company launched the second generation of Jelly Bean, known as Android 4.2, alongside its Nexus 4 handset and Nexus 10 tablet.
To little surprise, this version of Android isn’t readily available in the mobile market just yet. However, you will find some devices such as Google’s line of Nexus-branded gadgets running on this most recent iteration of Android.
According to Google’s most recent statistics, Android Jelly Bean usage has risen to a whopping 10.2 percent. The search engine giant monitored the amount of devices entering the Google Play store during a two week period that ended on Jan. 3, finding that the number of tablets and smartphones running on Jelly Bean rose significantly. This may not seem like an overwhelming number, but considering the previous findings measured in at 6.2 percent it’s a substantial jump.
Lisa Eadicicco is a reporter covering mobile technology and video games for The International Business Times. Lisa joined the editorial team at IBT in January 2012, and has...