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Along with a promised upgrade to Android 4.0, Samsung is adding more functionality to the S Pen stylus used with the Galaxy Note. The 5.3-inch handset will gain more stylus-supported apps along with new software and better recognition of handwritten text from the S Pen.

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Along with a promised upgrade to Android 4.0, Samsung plans to add more functionality to the S Pen stylus used with the Galaxy Note. The 5.3-inch smartphone will see improvements in the current stylus-supported apps along with new software and better recognition of drawn and written text from the S Pen.

Both Android 4.0 and the new Premium Suite of stylus optimized software for the Galaxy Note will be rolled in the second quarter of this year, according to Samsung. The company is currently in the middle of an Android 4.0 upgrade for its Samsung Galaxy II handsets in certain regions of the world. What’s new in the Premium Suite? Samsung offers a look in this video demonstration.


Current Galaxy Note owners will surely be happy with the expected upgrades as they’ll be able do more with the handset’s stylus; presumably one of the reasons to buy the Galaxy Note in the first place. And if Samsung can market the new S Pen features, it could even sway new buyers away from other devices. That’s important because amidst all of the players in the smartphone industry, the battle for sales and profits is becoming a one-on-one between Samsung and Apple.

Having used a stylus on older Windows Mobile phones and Tablet PCs for years, I can attest to the hardware accessory offering benefits, even in this age of touch screens. A stylus isn’t for everyone, but for certain input activities on a small screen, such as drawing or mind-mapping ideas, it comes in handy. And it’s nice to see that Samsung isn’t relying solely on the hardware of a stylus to differentiate its product: Value-added software such as the new Premium Suite is equally important in today’s market.

  1. Verizon?

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  2. Since Wacom makes the digitizer on the Galaxy Note, is it Penabled? Will all of Wacom’s tablet PC pens also work on the Galaxy Note?

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    1. Is there any news on which stylus’ works with the Note? I’d like to buy a better pen to keep in my pocket

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    2. Serge V. Lysenko Tuesday, April 24, 2012

      All WACOM Tablet PS Pen works fine on Galaxy Note :) I use the Fujitsu-Siemens Stilystic Pen on my Galaxy Note without any problems.

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  3. S pen user guide can only be used with the access to youtube. But China blocked the youtube. Any recommendation?

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  4. “and better recognition of drawn and written text from the S Pen”
    Oh man and does it need it, I swear they were making better hand writing recognition in the 90s. I love the note for everything but this! The stylus text writing is God aweful HORRIBLE!!!! Sad thing is this is one of the main reasons I purchased it.

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