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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Jelly Bean update lands in Europe

Hold fast, Galaxy Note 10.1 owners -- the 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update has kicked off in Germany.

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Hold fast, Galaxy Note 10.1 owners -- the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update has kicked off in Germany, giving European Samsung fans a taste of the (nearly) latest edition of Android.

The over the air update is arriving for our German tech pals, Sammobile reports, and weighs in at a hefty 300MB. The update's arrival on the continent means the much-anticipated new software can't be far away from UK territories.

The update appears to be making its debut on schedule, but that's only because the arrival date was pegged as happening at some point in 2012, which is a rather broad stretch of time.

If you've spotted the Jelly Bean update arriving on your own Galaxy Note 10.1, give us a shout in the comments and let us know when it first landed.

4.1 Jelly Bean isn't quite the latest version -- that honour lies with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which will be arriving first on the Google Nexus 4 smart phone and Nexus 10 tablet.

It's not surprising that Samsung takes its time squeezing out updates however, as the Note 10.1 is choc-a-block with the South Korean's own-brand software and doodling apps, which work with the still-not-cool S Pen stylus.

We gave the Note 10.1 a loving four stars in our review back in August, but the sudden rush of new Android tech means its position is now less certain. It's not cheap at nearly £500 (that's a John Lewis price, though there is £50 cashback on that listing), and risks looking old hat next to the cheaper, more powerful Google Nexus 10, even though the Note 10.1 is only a few months old.

Ah well, such is the rushing pace of time. Would you rather own a raw-Android powered Nexus device, or one of Samsung's altered beasts? Tell me in the comments or on our Facebook wall.