Owners of the original Galaxy Note in the great white north are getting a little present today – a brand new (year old) version of Android is coming to their devices. Samsung has announced via Twitter that owners will be getting the update starting today on Bell, Telus, and Rogers.
— Samsung Mobile CAN (@SamsungMobileCA) May 6, 2013
The update is going out over Samsung's Kies program on all carriers, but it looks like OTA updates are occurring as well. Telus lists instructions for updating to Android 4.1.2 via the phone's update menu, as well as Kies. Forum posts on the Rogers site also say the update can be obtained through Kies or OTA. Bell is a bit murky still. The carrier's site hasn't been updated with information on the update yet. The Bell update should work over Kies at the very least.
The Android 4.1.2 update for the Note brings various improvements to Samsung's apps, including popup video browser. Perhaps more importantly 4.1.2 includes Google Now, expandable notifications, and Project Butter for the original Note. Start mashing that update button, folks.