Just a couple days ago, we saw a stray Galaxy Note running Ice Cream Sandwich at CTIA. Samsung may have passed a deadline or two getting here, but as we expected, that same update is finally landing on consumer's Galaxy Notes as we speak.
For now, however, only European consumers or those in the US with the international model HSPA+ Galaxy Note (GT-N7000) can get in on the update, which is a testament to some of the problems with the US carriers and their slightly modified devices and update procedures. That, though, is a topic for another time.
If you do have an international device, then you can get the update by going to the device's settings and checking for an automatic update, or if that doesn't work then you can download the official firmware file and flash it using Samsung's ODIN software on your computer.
While this update does include the new S Pen features and "Premium Suite" that Samsung promised the last time the update was delayed, TouchWiz covers up most of the major UI changes in Ice Cream Sandwich. That means the update won't be as much of a change to existing users, but those looking foreword to Ice Cream Sandwich won't get the new UI without third party launchers. Fortunately, Android 4.0's performance improvements are still evident in the update, so at least the important things are done right.
There's still no word on when the US AT&T version of the Note will be getting the update, but barring any problems with carrier approval it should be coming soon.[SAMMYHub]