Samsung has announced that its Galaxy Note smartphone and tablet hybrid will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the second quarter. See also Samsung Galaxy Note review.

The news comes after the firm started rolling out the latest version to its Galaxy S II this week. However, the Galaxy Note will get a 'Premium Suite' upgrade with extra features and apps.

JK Shin, president of mobile communications at Samsung said, "Galaxy Note continues to delight customers all over the world with its incredible versatility and unique user experience. With the Premium Suite upgrade, we wanted to add features that enrich users’ Note experience even more, including the great advantages of Android 4.0 and innovative applications for S Pen."

Samsung said the upgrade will introduce an entirely new look and feel to the device with a more intuitive user interface which has a redesigned App menu. Users will also be pleased to hear that the upgrade comes with Face Unlock, Snapshot and Android Beam features.

Two new apps made for the Galaxy Note are S Note and My Story. The former is a combined sketchbook type app which allows for notes and sketches in one. It includes Shape Match and Formula Match which coverts drawn shapes into correct geometric versions and can solve numeric formulas drawn with the S Pen.

My Story is for creating digital cards using notes, photos, text or voice content. Galaxy Note owners will also get an exclusive level on the new Angry Birds Space which was launched today.