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Samsung TouchWiz Update for Galaxy Tab 10.1 Coming Soon

Written by Randy Harz. Posted in Android, Featured, News

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Published on July 05, 2011 with No Comments

Samsung intends to implement the TouchWiz interface on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 slate with an upcoming update. Is Samsung going to ruin the Honeycomb experience that the users seem to be sattisfied with? It seems like we will have to sit back and wait for the Touch Wiz 4.0 customized Honeycomb UI to hit the streets to get a clear picture. There are a lot people that are enjoying the TouchWiz UI on the Samsung Galaxy S II but we’ll have to wait and see how Samsungs’s new Touchwiz UI looks on tablets.

The update will be downloadable to your tablet and if you set up a Samsung account on your tab, you will be notified when the update becomes available. It is not confirmed, but you’ll probably need a Samsung account to get the update, like Google’s IO Edition Tabs did when the 3.1 update became available for them. So if you haven’t signed up yet, you might as well do so now, if you plan on downloading the TouchWiz update.

The update itself brings a bunch of new features aside from the TouchWiz UI, including Samsung’s Hubs, mobile printing, several enterprise features, a tablet version of Swype and four preloaded apps. That’s a lot of cool bonuses to give TouchWiz a try! If you are undecided about whether to give the update a shot, let us break it down for you.

A while back we got our first look at TouchWiz UX’s tablet version (see video here). Some of the coolest features include a mini apps tray, which works similarly in concept to the dockbar in ADW launcher, but then launches apps in its own window on top of your current activity, and an enhanced settings pannel and clipboard. This will be the first major UI skin for Honeycomb, so it is a bit hasty to pass judgement on it, by lumping it with phone skins. Samsung seems pretty confident this will be a new wave of UI skin, so we’ll have to wait and see what, if any effects it has on performance and battery life.

To sweeten the deal Samsung will throw you a few free apps, including tablet-optimized Swype, Amazon’s Music Cloud Player and Kindle apps, as well as a mobile printing, app, Zynga’s Words with Friends game, and FindMyMobile, a gps tablet locater/remote wiping app. If that’s still not enough there is always Samsung’s Media, Music, Readers and Social Hubs. Essentially these are media aggregators giving you quick access to your contacts/facebook updates/music/etc. The Media Hub does, however, offer movie and TV rentals, a trend we’re seeing pop up more and more in manufacturer software.

Will all this be worth letting Samsung skin your device? The answer for now is: maybe. If you have a Samsung phone with its TouchWiz UI and you love it, chances are pretty high you’ll like this too, if you absolutely hate when someone gets in the way of you and your pure Android, then probably not. If you’re on the fence, I definitely wouldn’t rule it out. Once the update is released you can bet we’ll give it a thorough hands on and let you know how it runs.

SOURCE: Android Community


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