Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 was launched last month as a follow-up to the original Galaxy Note which has so far proven to be a surprise hit for the manufacturer, with over 12 million units sold to date. The device practically created the ‘phablet’ market, bridging the gap between phone and tablet.
After having been on the market for just a few days, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 received its first firmware update which saw the addition of a feature called multi-view. This was originally seen in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. This feature takes advantage of the device’s large screen by allowing two applications to be open side by side and run simultaneously. With its 5.5 inch display and advanced stylus pen functionality, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the perfect handset for this multitasking interface.
This feature may also be appearing on another Samsung device in the near future. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the South Korean manufacturer’s flagship Android smartphone and best selling handset of the year. It took only 100 days for the Galaxy S3 to find its way into the hands of over 20 million users. In Europe, the update to Android 4.1 Jellybean for the Samsung Galaxy S3 is well underway, with the US to follow suit shortly. However, according to a report from Sammobile, the next update for the handset is already in the pipeline. It’s been suggested that an update to Android 4.2 Jellybean is to begin rolling out to the handset in December, and will introduce the multi-view feature to the popular smartphone. Although the screen is not as big as the Galaxy Note 2, it is still sizable at 4.8 inches, and its 1.4 GHz quad-core processor means it will have no trouble with multitasking.
Because so many people use the Samsung Galaxy S3, many of these will surely find the addition of multi-view a very useful feature, be it in the workplace or for multimedia use.