Engadget reported Wednesday that AT&T had confirmed in an email that it would roll out the multi-window update over the air (OTA) Thursday (Dec. 27). The users of AT&T Galaxy Note 2 won’t have to hinge on Samsung’s proprietary Kies desktop software to update their devices.
The report stated that there was no official word on whether the ROM would be released in phases to minimize the impact on AT&T's servers. Below is AT&T’s official statement on the matter:
“AT&T plans to begin rolling out a software update for Samsung Galaxy Note II customers that includes the Multi-Window feature, which allows the user to divide the screen into two active ‘windows’ creating a split screen that enables fluid multitasking between applications. The update will be available for download over the air beginning Dec. 27.”
As noted by Android Authority, the software update in question would be a minor OTA update simply enabling the multi-window feature on the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Therefore, the users are advised not to expect anything superior like Android 4.2.
After pushing out the multi-window feature for the Galaxy Note 2, AT&T will be the last of the four major U.S. carriers to do so. Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile versions of the device have already received the update.
Multi-window is a feature that lets the users run two apps from a selected list simultaneously, with each app taking up half of the device's display. It’s worth mentioning here that the multi-window is quite different from the QSlide feature that is used in the LG Optimus G, despite the fact that the goal of both the features is the same.
When it comes to QSlide, although two apps appear on the full screen at the same time, one of them becomes more translucent while the other one becomes a more solid looking by using a virtual slider, Phone Arena has reported.
The report has added that the users of Samsung Galaxy S3 are expected to get the multi-window feature on their devices with the next update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean from Android 4.1.1, which is currently running on the S3 for all the four major U.S. carriers.