Jelly Bean and Premium Suite coming to original Galaxy Note

Samsung will upgrade the ageing device to Android Jelly Bean, with the Premium Suite upgrade found on the Note 2.

Joe Svetlik Reporter
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Joe Svetlik
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Good news for anyone still using

an original Samsung Galaxy Note. The big blower is about to get the same software update as the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 -- namely Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, as well as the Premium Suite upgrade.

That should bring a host of new features to the handset. It's good to see Samsung still looking after the original Note, seeing as it's no spring chicken. The 5.3 incher is over a year old, in fact, which is ancient in terms of mobiles. Samsung confirmed the news on its global website.

It also ran through all the new features you'll see on your device. These include the split-screen Multi Window view, which allows you to use two apps side by side, Facebook updates on your lock screen, as well as automatic tagging for photos, including the location and date, as well as what the weather is doing.

There are new menus, and Page Buddy gives you a different home page for each accessory -- so plug in your headphones, and it'll take you straight to your favourite tunes, for example.

Paper Artist gives you more editing tools for photos, and Smart Rotation flips the screen around depending on how you're positioned. Your photos should also be vastly improved thanks to 'best face', a feature that lets you pick the best expression from a burst of five snaps. And low light mode will improve your pics in dimly lit conditions, too.

Android Jelly Bean brings new features like location- and search-based info provider Google Now, as well as Google's Siri-baiting Advanced Voice Search. There's no word on when the Premium Suite and Android Jelly Bean upgrade will hit UK shores, but rest assured, it's coming.

It's been a bumper year for Samsung, and next year looks to be even better, with the company predicted to ship more than half a billion phones. Blimey. Still, it's good to see it looking out for anyone with an older handset.

Have you tried the Premium Suite upgrade on any device? What do you reckon? Let me know in the comments below, or on Facebook.