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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to get Jelly Bean update this year

Samsung is looking into getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean onto the new Note 10.1 in the near future.

Samsung's all-new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet has been unveiled in its final form, and looks to be getting a software upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before the end of the year.

The stylus-sporting Note 10.1 will launch running the older Android Ice Cream Sandwich, much to the consternation of Android enthusiasts who are eager to nibble on the latest version of Google's robot-powered platform.

That tooth-gnashing woe will hopefully be short-lived, however, as according to Samsung the Note 10.1 will be upgraded sometime in 2012, CNET.com reports.

Exactly when in the year the new tablet gets the update remains to be seen, but one thing's for sure -- if Samsung wants its latest tablet to appeal to Android-savvy shoppers, it had best figure out a way to bundle Jelly Bean on board sharpish.

Recent rumours suggest Samsung could be getting its rear in gear with regards to updates, as the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been tipped to get an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on 29 August, the same day Samsung's expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 2.

The Note 10.1 offers a unique feature in the shape of the S Pen stylus, which could make it an appealing choice for arty types who like the notion of doodling on their devices, or doing that thing artists do where they hold out a pen and close one eye to try and get a sense of scale.

The Note 10.1 has two serious rivals. The iPad of course, and Google's Nexus 7 tablet, which boasts the twin advantages of being extremely good and also mind-bogglingly cheap. Let me know what you think of the Note 10.1 down in the comments, or over on Facebook.

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