If you’ve been following the Samsung Galaxy Note you know this 5.3″ phone tablet hybrid is anything but ordinary. For that reason Samsung has been pushing update after update to the international version according to many comments on Twitter and over at XDA forums. Today it appears a huge update is rolling out bringing all sorts of improvements, changes, and tweaks for the larger than life device. If you have the extra screen real estate you might as well use it right? They’ve even added a one-handed typing option. More details are below.

While we still wait for the LTE equipped version to hit AT&T the international Note has been receiving more than it’s fair share of updates. Late last night another rollout was started and while it is still 2.3 Gingerbread Samsung has introduced tons of new features. Obviously the Note’s large 5.3″ screen gives it extra real-estate but why waste it. Samsung has added tons of tweaks to the Gingerbread keyboard to address just that.

Now instead of 4 rows of keys and the usual toggle and second page for numbers, Samsung has added a fifth row and given the number keys their own row — all the time. That isn’t the only tweak for the phone either. Samsung has introduced a one-handed mode for the keyboard since trying to stretch small fingers across that large screen is a hassle for some, especially those with smaller hands. The “one handed operation” mode will work for more than the on-screen keyboard and is also present with the dialer and can even be set to left or right depending on user preference (pictured above).

There are tons of other changes to brightness levels, keyboard options and even tweaks to the lockscreen. While nothing major like Ice Cream Sandwich or a quick unlock to camera Samsung has made the device easier to unlock. They’ve added arrows for the few that seem confused upon trying to unlock the device, and made the swipe easier to complete apparently. Other changes include brightness settings for browser-only mode, and a torch app for using the LED for a flashlight. More details and pictures available from the via below.

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[via The Unwired]

  • Anonymous

    Does this behemoth fit into the average pocket?

    • Moorfeeus

      yes it does….you will fall in love with this phone…i did! and i have a case-mate barely there on it 

  • Anonymous

    The best of the best mobile phone available so far, period !

  • Anonymous

    The best of the best mobile phone available so far, period !

  • Sschlafly

    im going crazy waitng for this phone!

  • This phone could be great, but it’s got a lot of issues regarding performance, lag and the accuracy of the S pen.  I’m looking forward to ICS with hopes that at least some of these issues will get resolved.  I’ve had the international version since early December 2011.  I like the phone, but I hate the lag and the problems with the S pen leaves a poor impression of Samsung as a company.

    • Gabriel Guerrero

      You might need to calibrate the phone, the S pen is very precise, If is not calibrate it will be horrible to use, to calibrate just go to the home screen and move the tip of the pen around the borders of the screen and try again in S memo

  • Satinder

    best phone no issues s pen or others …………End Off

  • Regina Zenais

    No issues whatsoever with S pen here and no lags too. I’ve  been using the Note since November 2011. 

  • Emilcver

    How do you activate the one hand mode for typing?

  • Satinder

    new update isnt yet available to me in the Uk am reading is due out soon

  • Mario Aguila

    Where can I get this update?

  • The Guest

    This morning when I woke up, I’ve seen a firmware update notification…first thought the ICS is there but after the update, I still see 2.3.6 and didn’t notice much difference other than having an extra row with numbers on the keyboard….waiting for ICS…

    • Mark

      where are you located? I’m in Texas and still have yet to receive this ota update.

  • Duemose

    Kom on samsung give us ics

  • glebealyth

    How to turn that damned one-handed keyboard off?

    It’s OK for pre-teen, tiny fingers.

    I do not wish to use the stylus, every time I want to type a simple text!

    The phone is marvellous. The interface in terms of setting personal preferences stinks.