Samsung TouchWiz UX coming to Tab 10.1 Aug. 5. Here’s what to expect

August 3, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Samsung Tablets


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is starring in an event at the Samsung Experience flagship store in New York City today. The press-only event is almost over and Tab 10.1 owners can had over to the Shops at Columbus Circle to have their tablet updated to the tablet version of TouchWiz UX.

The rest of the population who can’t trek down to the Big Apple will have to wait to get their over-the-air update to TouchWiz, but only until August 5. Waiting until Friday for the OTA means that your information will remain intact (going to the flagship store erases all data during the 5-10 minute update process).

As for what to expect in the new TouchWiz UI, it should be easy to remember what we showed you at CTIA. The same concepts that we witnessed in our hands-on video have been refined and will add a custom layer over Android 3.1 Honeycomb.

  • Live Panel is a set of widgets that show weather, social network updates, email, AP News, and photos on the homescreen. These are unique to Samsung and change the overall look of and experience of the Honeycomb homescreen.
  • Mini Mode Tray is sort of a picture-in-picture mode that can perform simple tasks like calculations, changing music, or adding to a calendar from any window.
  • Photo Editor does just what the name says; rotate, crop, adjust colors, and more on your photos.

Other changes include a toggle bar for quick settings changes, a better clipboard to copy-and-paste photos, Samsung Media Hub to purchase and watch TV episodes, Social Hub to merge social networks, better connectivity to Samsung Kies, and a few preloaded apps and enterprise options, including:

  • Amazon Music Cloud Player
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Words with Friends
  • Swype
  • Mobile Printing

Enterprise Solutions and Services:

  • Full support for Exchange ActiveSync version 14
  • On device encryption
  • Cisco VPN (Virtual Private Network)
  • Sybase MDM (Mobile Device Management)
  • Cisco WebEx mobile conference solution for meetings on the go

A special note from Samsung regarding the update process

Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi Software Update Assistance:

In order to receive the update, users need to set up a Samsung account on their Galaxy Tab 10.1. Once registered, customers will be notified when the update is available for their device and will be prompted to follow simple directions to complete the process.

For help, read these instructions or visit Samsung Support