Samsung Galaxy Note international version received a minor update with a small increment to the Android ICS build version, from 4.0.3 to 4.0.4.
Apart from the minor bug fixes and tweaks, the 4.0.4 update also brings two new features to the Samsung Galaxy Note international version (the one which has GT-N7000 as its suffix in the official name).
The two new features which the 4.0.4 update brings to the Samsung Galaxy Note includes the Pop-up Play feature and the “signature unlock”.
The Pop-up Play feature was first seen on the Galaxy S3. The feature allows the user to play videos in a window over the top of existing app(s). While on the other hand, Signature Unlock as by its name, introduces a new unlock method which allows the user to sign their name itself to unlock the screen instead of the traditional method of unlocking the screen through a PIN or by drawing a pattern. The Signature Unlock feature will oblivious require S-Pen which comes with the Samsung Galaxy Note.
As of now, the Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Note is only available on unlocked German handsets however, other territories should also see it in the coming few days (even weeks or months, in some cases). German owners of the Galaxy Note should be able to grab the update via the Samsung Kies or through the traditional over-the-air (OTA).
Here are the technical details about the updated firmware.
Build date: July 4
Aside from the features mentioned above, some other notable minor changes include the changed color of restart button to green, some changed icons, and a little faster processing. Android 4.0.4 itself is a pretty minor update to Ice Cream Sandwich itself, so it would be unfair to expect anything more than the usual bug fixes and performance tweaks.
Feel free to comment and let us know, when the Android 4.0.4 update for Samsung Galaxy Note hits your device.