Samsung Galaxy Note owners can look forward to some custom-built, stylus-friendly apps when Sammy makes Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) available for the handset during the next quarter.
The smartphone-tablet mash-up was originally due to get ICS this month, coinciding with the currently in-progress upgrade for its more compact, more conventional brother the Galaxy S2.
However, for reasons not yet fully explained the OS bump for the Note was delayed and now won’t show until some time between April and the end of June.
It’s not all bad news, though. Today, Samsung has announced that along with all the standard features of ICS, the update will add new applications exclusive to the Galaxy Note and the S Pen stylus it comes with.
Bracketed under the banner ‘Premium Suite’, these include S Note, which allows users to combine their notes and sketches with other digital content, purportedly providing a “new way to create your own stories”.
Also incoming are the Shape Match and Formula Match apps that correct geometric shapes you’ve sketched out and solve numeric formulas scribbled down with the stylus.
And rounding things off is My Story, the USP of which is to create personalised digital cards combining notes, video, text, photos and voice.
Standard features common to other Android phones that ICS also brings to the Note include Face Unlock security and Android Beam, which harnesses NFC technology to allow users to share content by tapping their phone against another handset.