Customers interested in purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can now test out its software features on an older Galaxy device with an app courtesy of Samsung.
The Korean manufacturer has released an app to the Google Play Store called the Galaxy Note 3 Experience, which demos such Galaxy Note 3-exclusive features as the S-Pen-powered Air Command, Pen Window, Action Memo and S Finder, among many others.
Notably the app does not install Galaxy Note 3 features, but rather shows how they work, in either an action demo or a video. For example, when demoing the Air Command feature, the app presents users with an S-Pen on screen in order to simulate a Galaxy Note 3 environment, as many Samsung devices so not feature their own S-Pen.
The app requires a device to be running at least Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a 1.4 GHz processor and 1920x1080 resolution. The Galaxy Note 3 Experience listing on the Google Play Store does designate whether a device is compatible with the app if it’s connected to a Google account.
We downloaded the app onto our T-Mobile Galaxy S4, SGH-M919 model and had no trouble. The app also caters to different languages.
Head over to the Google Play Store to download the Galaxy Note 3 Experience app.
As said, many software features introduced on the Galaxy Note 3 are currently exclusive to the device; however, rumors indicate that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may receive some of these features when it updates to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Note 2 includes S-Pen functionality and probably would be compatible with Galaxy Note 3 features, but Samsung has not indicated whether the Note 2 will get such an update.
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 2, like other older Galaxy devices. will update to Android 4.3 (many Galaxy S4 models have already begun to update), and a leaked document suggests that U.S. carriers will begin to roll out Android 4.3 on the Galaxy Note 2 in late November. One Galaxy Note 3 feature the Galaxy Note 2 and other designated Galaxy devices will receive in the Android 4.3 update is compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy Gear companion device. Galaxy Gear functions are also demoed in the Galaxy Note 3 Experience app.
Tech-savvy Galaxy owners can also experiment with Galaxy Note 3 features through several ports, which have been released by developers. One XDA Developer’s forum member created, for the Galaxy Note 2, a port of Galaxy Note 3 features including Air Command, Gallery, Launcher, Safety Assistance, S Note, Sketchbook, and S Planner. Another XDA member created, for the Galaxy S4, a port of the Galaxy Note 3 camera app.
What do you think of the Galaxy Note 3 Experience app, which tests Galaxy Note 3 features on other Samsung Galaxy+ devices? Let us know in the comments below.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.