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Samsung Galaxy Note Jelly Bean update now available

Great news for owners of the original Samsung Galaxy Note: an Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 update is now rolling out for unlocked and contract handsets across the UK. Members of the Android Central forums indicate that the hefty update is being pushed to handsets over the air. According to one member, the update for his unlocked handset tallied 543MB in total.

There’s no exact changelog for the update, but Jelly Bean should bring some goodies previously unavailable to Galaxy Note owners stuck with Ice Cream Sandwich. The most important is Project Butter, which should significantly improve the fluidity of visual transitions and generally cut down on lag as you navigate through the OS.

The other big addition is Google Now, a service comparable to Siri on the iPhone but with a more predictive element at play too. Owners can look for anything using voice search, with Now also regularly pushing cards that are relevant to you throughout the day. Need an update on the weather? Swipe down the notification area and Google Now will probably have the answer. Worried about rush hour traffic? Google Now has you covered, giving you an estimate on how long it will take to get home.

If you’re not seeing the Jelly Bean update on your handset, dive into Settings and try to force a manual update. If you still come up short, consider hooking your phone up to Kies to see if you can download it through your computer, or simply hang tight until the OTA update graces your phone.

[spotted at Android Central]

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