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20 Dec 12 Christmas comes early for Galaxy SIII: Samsung rolls out Premium Pack update …

Samsung has started rolling out an upgrade to Galaxy SIII handsets in the UK that brings a raft of new functionality including multi-window support and camera improvements, as well as improved touch response.

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The Premium Suite upgrade began to hit S3 phones running the Jelly Bean (4.1) version of Android on Thursday, Samsung said in an announcement.

“Samsung has recently provided the Jelly Bean 4.1 upgrade for the Galaxy SIII, and will bring even more enhanced features to the phone through the upcoming Premium Suite upgrade,” the company said. “The Galaxy SIII Premium Suite upgrade will include many of the innovative and productive features newly introduced by the Galaxy Note II.”

Among the new features is multi-window support, allowing two apps to run simultaneously side by side. It also has improved contextual awareness: for example, contextual tags allow a user to tag a photo, video or voice memo with the date, location and friends present. It also does things like automatically opening up the music player when headphones are plugged in.

There are a number of other photo-related improvements too, including new gallery options for categorising or viewing photos and new low-light and ‘Best Face’ features. Best Face is a reworked version of the previous Best Photo option and allows you to select the best shot of each face in the picture taken from five continuous photos.  

The update includes other small tweaks too, such as making Group Cast a stand-alone app rather than part of Allshare Play to make it quicker to access.

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10 May 12 Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.0 upgrade goes live

Samsung has begun pushing out the Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Galaxy Note, with some owners reporting notifications that Android 4.0 is ready to be delivered over-the-air to their phone/tablet hybrid. The upgrade weighs in at just short of 319MB and includes the new version of TouchWiz, according to the message Note owner Devin Balentina received on his phone, along with the new S Note app and a new S Memo widget for the homescreen.

Those new apps and widgets come from Samsung’s so-called Premium Suite, a package of new software specially designed to take advantage of the Galaxy Note’s digital stylus and oversized display. There’s a digital scrapbooking tool, as well as features that allow users to handwrite equations and see them solved.

Balentina is based in The Netherlands, but there are also reports of German Note owners being able to upgrade their handset via Samsung’s Kies app for PC. OTA upgrades usually go out in a staggered fashion so as to ease the impact on a company’s servers, so it may be some time before all Notes are upgraded; Samsung is yet to confirm its timescale for that process.

Android 4.0 will bring with it performance upgrades, though the significantly changed UI of pure Ice Cream Sandwich has been covered up by Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI. More on the Note in our full review.

[via SammyHub - thanks Si!]

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