Ice Cream Sandwich rolling out to international Galaxy Note devices
The Galaxy Note 5.3 is a unique device from Samsung which has been labeled as a “phablet” to create a new category of products. Being a cross between mobile phone and a tablet, Samsung is promoting it as a device to serve the needs of 2 worlds. Unfortunately, when they launched the Galaxy Note 5.3 here in the US, it did not come with Ice Cream Sandwich. Even through Android 4.0 was released on the Galaxy Nexus, it did not show up on this mobile device. The lack of the latest Google OS which has many new features designed to enhance the experience continues to be missing from action for the Galaxy Note 5.3. There have been unofficial leaks of ICS and the Galaxy Note, but to date, there has been nothing official.
Android 4.0 was supposed to arrive in Q1 of this year, but was delayed by Samsung to arrive in Q2 which we are in the middle of and still no word of when it will arrive in the US. There are a number of reports of people getting the update in various countries, but Samsung has remained largely quiet about it. Since there is nothing formal coming out on the upgrade, Galaxy Note owners can only wait to see a pop up on their devices that it is available for download. Not exactly what we were hoping for in hearing about for the roll out of Ice Cream Sandwich.
The actual update is a download of 318.89 MB, so it will take a while to be downloaded to your device. Make sure you have a WiFi connection when doing the download. At the moment, the only Galaxy Note devices getting the update are the GSM international versions and that means that for the US, there is no update available for the AT&T devices. The reason for the delay may be part of the overall Android Fragmentation issues where manufacturers and wireless carriers have to add their pieces to the Android OS thus delaying further the roll out of updates. Since Samsung has obviously completed their changes to release ICS for the Galaxy Note, it is AT&T who is now holding things up so they can add their pieces to the puzzle and test to make sure they are not introducing any problems. As a result, a further delay is going to result in US owners of the AT&T Galaxy Note not getting the update.
Given the US sales of the Galaxy Note, we would hope to hear of the official update beginning to roll out by the end of the month. What do you think of the delay?