News by Andrew Kameka on Friday May 03, 2013.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note II on Verizon Wireless is being updated to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean today, introducing a long list of new features and bug fixes for one of the biggest phones - literally and figuratively - released last year.
The Galaxy Note II now supports more apps in Multi-Window, the split-screen mode that loads two apps in separate windows so someone can use two apps at once. Newly supported apps include YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Amazon Kindle, Viewdini, Google Maps, and Google Talk. The update also improves the notification panel and makes the quick switch settings options customizable.
Verizon has already begun sending over-the-air updates to the Galaxy Note II, and the carrier has posted instructions how to install Android 4.1.2 to the Galaxy Note II. The update is a hefty 246.5MB, so be sure that the phone is at least 75 percent charged before attempting to update.
Other major changes in the new software include:
- Several security patches enabled in Android 4.1.2
- Adds new version of VZTones for downloading ring back tones
- Dialer app now filters by name when searching
- Samsung Smart Switch enabled for transferring data from old phones
- Fixed issue with S-Note text being too large in landscape mode
- Fixed issue that caused duplicate calendar events from Facebook
- Back Up Assistant Plus auto-backs up at a given time
- Group Cast is now Group Play
- Several preloaded apps improved or adjusted for bug fixes
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.