Yes, ICS update is available for about one third Galaxy Note users. To get the most current status on the availability of ICS update in different regions, you may check this post (I will update it once new info is available).
I received some inquiries on ICS update for Galaxy Note: some are through comment of the post mentioned above; others are through Google+. For all these questions, I tried my best to answer them, and will continue to answer them.
I noticed there are some repeated questions, so I decided to put some frequently asked ones in this post to save reader’s time. It will not be just 10, as I will always update it if it is necessary.
Question #1. Why did some users get the ICS update earlier than me?
Normally, firmware update must go through local testing. For regions with more users (and so Samsung collected more money there), the testing usually is faster. And Samsung also may put some sorts of priority for such regions.
The second reason is that the local carrier may want to bundle more bloatware (in addition to that bundled by Samsung). This may slightly delay the update availability. If your handset is subsidized, the carrier always tries very hard to give you more bloatware.
Another possible reason is marketing scheduling. For example, if Samsung is planning to launch Galaxy S3 in your region, usually it is not a good idea to release ICS update for Galaxy Note (another flagship product) just a few days before the launching event. In this case, the update will be normally scheduled after the event.
Question #2. Why should I update to ICS?
ICS update for your Galaxy Note is just a software update. Software generally is getting better and better: more stable, more functions, more compatible apps. Android 4.0 (ICS) is a major update merging software stacks for phone (Ginger Bread) and tablet (Android 3.0, Honeycomb). So, it is almost perfect for Galaxy Note, which is somewhere between phone and tablet.
Specifically, with ICS update for your Galaxy Note, you get