Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Tab 2 tablets get Android 4.1 update, new features

Samsung has officially updated its Galaxy Tab 2 tablets and the Note 10.1 to Android 4.1. New features (especially for the Note 10.1) abound.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Writing gets better with the latest Android update. Josh Miller/CNET

Today Samsung announced that its Galaxy Tab 2 tablets and Galaxy Note 10.1 would receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates. Samsung, rather than including only cosmetic or back-end changes that you'll never actually see, has added a number of useful-sounding (that's a Youtube video link if you'd rather not read any further) features.

Most of the new features, like improved S Pen support, look to only be compatible with the Note 10.1, not the Tab 2 tablets. This update is so far only available for the Wi-Fi versions of the tablets.

A Samsung rep detailed what should be the biggest takeaways from the update. I've outlined them directly below, but keep reading if you seek more detail. I've not yet had a chance to test these out, so this is all according to Samsung:

-Improved side-by-side apps: Before you could run only two side-by-side apps. Now you can run as many windowed, resizable, and cascading apps at once as you can fit on the screen.

-No more lag when switching between windows.

-Improved S Pen support: Hovering the pen in apps like calendar, Web browser, and e-mail now previews information.

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