Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Jelly Bean Update Expected in 2012
There were more than a few disappointed groans heard around the tech blogosphere when it was first rumored the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet would come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Well, this rumor has turned out to be accurate, but those unhappy with the fact Samsung’s newest gadget isn’t shipping with the latest Android operating system may not have to wait too long for an upgrade.
Samsung assured customers during the official announcement event for the Galaxy Note 10.1 that the slate will receive an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean within the year.
That having been said, the update could roll out anytime – it could be as early as later in the month (though we shouldn’t count on that) or as late as December. There is also a possibility of a late rollout taking place next year, as numerous upgrades from Android 2.3 to Android 4.0, regardless of device or carrier, have been delayed repeatedly.
The current priority for Jelly Bean updates remains Google branded devices such as the Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, as well as the Motorola Xoom – Google bought out Motorola earlier this year, in case you haven’t heard.
The Galaxy Note 10.1, unlike the first Galaxy Note, is a full-blown 10-inch tablet that happens to come with an S Pen stylus. Several other improvements were made on the new Galaxy Note device, including the quad-core Exynos processor (just like the one found on the Galaxy S3) and 2 GB RAM. Pricing starts at $499, giving the Galaxy Note 10.1 a common price point with its main competitor, the third-generation iPad.