By Stephen Schenck | January 19, 2012 6:19 PM
As we wait for AT&T to get its LTE-equipped Galaxy Note in the States, and for Canadian carriers to start their own sales of the handset, users who have already picked up an international version of the Android have a new update to look forward to. Samsung’s just started sending-out a maintenance update for the Note that looks like it delivers some very nice tweaks.
The Note’s large screen gives it an advantage over more compact phones when it comes to using its on-screen keyboard, but Samsung is interested in making this even more convenient. This update adds a fifth row to the arrangement, giving number keys space to themselves, and introduces an option for a customizable one-hand mode. When engaged, virtual keys will shrink-down and shift over to one side of the screen or another for easy reach by your thumb.
Changes to the lock screen are all about ease-of-use. New on-screen directions remind you how to disengage the lock, and the process of actually doing so should be slightly easier now, requiring a less exaggerated swipe.
A pair of new features in this release share being light-related. First, there’s a new torch widget for when you need your phone to light up a room. Then there’s a new browser-specific screen brightness setting, letting you specify how that one app uses the screen, without changing the behavior of any others.
Beyond that, you probably won’t notice any other changes in this release, though there are a few little bugfixes, like correcting how the date is displayed for Korean users. The 70MB update is going out OTA now.