The Galaxy Note has not yet arrived at AT&T though we know that it is coming based on the official announcements at CES. It expected to be announced next week for an arrival around the end of the month for the 5.3 inch phone and tablet combination. Now comes word that there is an Over The Air (OTA) update coming to the Galaxy Note which will add more features to the phone which has yet to arrive in the US. The most talked about feature is that of an added row of touch screen keys being added. This additional row will be the number keys which on smart phones has traditionally been absent from the screen. You have to press a key so that it shifts into the number keys and that takes time to do. With this change, this will make things easier when typing.
All of this is because the Galaxy Note has a much larger screen and therefore more real estate for things such as an added row on the screen. We believe that the Galaxy Note is filling the role of a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) and is a multi-purposed device that has everything that you need in a single device. The addition of the row of numbers above the QWERTY keys is a nice addition so that there is always 5 rows of keys visible on the phone.
Another feature being added is a smaller keyboard so that you can type with one hand. Given the size of the Galaxy Note, that may prove to be less than easy even after they have reduced the size of the keys. The picture here to the right is that of the one hand layout having the keys slightly smaller than normal. Other features which are being added is the torch widget giving you 3 different settings for brightness on the phablet. The settings are adjusted by tapping on the widget. The calendar on the Galaxy Note is being updated to support various date formats. These are currently in a day/month/year which is different than what we are used to seeing and with this update, you can select the format which you want see.
There is also the ability to change the brightness settings when browsing the web which can save some battery life when it is turned down. All of these features should be available soon to those individuals who own unlocked versions of the Galaxy Note. As usual, the wireless carriers are going to take their time in reviewing and testing the updates to make sure that they do not impact their networks. With that, we have no idea as to when they might roll out but you can expect them to not be available as AT&T begins selling the Galaxy Note.