International Galaxy Note II Now Receiving Android 4.1.2 Upgrade With New Features

I need to get me one of these.

International Samsung Galaxy Note II handsets in Europe with the GT-N7105 model number have begun receiving the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade. The software introduces a number of new features to the Korean company’s popular “phablet,” including the ability to customize the notification pull-down, a multi-window toggle, and changes to the lock screen.

After installing the software, you’ll notice the notification pull-down is now black as opposed to grey, and you can customize it. You can turn off the quick settings toggles if you wish, giving you room for more notifications. If you decide to keep them, however, you’ll notice new toggles, such as the ability to quickly switch the multi-window feature on and off.

Samsung has also changed the lock screen a little, Android Central reports, adding an optional “ink effect” in the on-screen “pool” when unlocking the device. Web browser performance has also been improved, and a new Group Cast feature has been added that allows users to share music and photographs with other Samsung device owners.

The update appears to be reaching users in Poland and Sweden first — just like the Galaxy S III’s did last week — so expect it to make its way around Europe in the coming weeks before going global. It may take a little while to reach those of you in the United States (don’t expect it before Christmas) but for most of you it’ll be well worth the wait, I’m sure.