While manufacturer UIs tend to be a pain for Android fans, some may not be as horrible as we make them out to be. Such is the case for TouchWiz UX. It looks much like stock Android with the exception of added features here and there. Hell broke loose when we found out Samsung’s UI would come to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sometime in the future via an OTA update. Samsung is currently holding a demonstration of the UI overlay in New York. While some are manually installing it as we speak, Samsung has just dropped word that this OTA update is coming Friday, August 5th.
Now that we have an official date for Galaxy Tab’s “doomsday,” we have to figure out what we’re going to do about it. As we already mentioned, this UI is not that bad. It’s much less intrusive than TouchWiz for smartphones, and it adds some features that might be helpful.
TouchWiz UX Features
- Live Panel: Magazine-like widget view for immediate access to weather, social updates, email, news and photo gallery, all on the home screen. The visual layout of Live Panel is completely customizable for one-touch entry into each user’s most important information.
- Mini Mode Tray: One-touch access to commonly used applications–Task Manager, Calendar, World Clock, Pen Memo, Calculator, Music–that overlays in a pop-up window on display screen for powerful multi-tasking.
- Clipboard: Advanced copy and paste functionality allows Galaxy Tab 10.1 users to store photos, Web pages, YouTube links, etc. on the clipboard for easy sharing via email and social network sites.
- Indicator Quick Panel: Quickly toggle on/off Wi-Fi, notifications, sound, brightness and settings in lower right hand corner of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 display.
- Photo Editor: Rotate, crop and adjust colors on high quality digital images.
The update will also come with Swype, Amazon’s Kindle, Cloud Player and Words with Friends pre-installed. It will also add mobile printing, Enterprise Solutions and performance improvements. It is important to note that the press release mentions TouchWiz UX is designed for Android 3.1 Honeycomb. This may mean Galaxy Tab 10.1 users might not be getting Android 3.2 as soon as they’d hoped.
For more details on the update, look at the press release posted below. Also check out Samsung’s video to see what the new interface will look like after Friday’s update. If you’re still set on avoiding this UI, the best option might be to simply ignore the update. You could also resort to rooting and flashing in the near future. What do you guys say? Going with TouchWiz UX? Or are you willing to give up the update to stay on stock?Show Press Release
New software includes TouchWiz® UX user interface with fully customizable widgets and mini applications for multi-tasking, redesigned Samsung Media Hub service, Enterprise mobile solutions and Samsung Kies 2.0 support for PC & Mac
DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, announced the Samsung Galaxy Tabâ„¢ 10.1 WiFi software update including Samsung’s TouchWiz® UX user interface, Adobe Flash Player 10.3 and the redesigned Samsung Media Hub service, will begin rolling out over the air to all Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners beginning Friday, August 5.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 software update is scheduled to include the following features and services:
Samsung TouchWiz® User Interface:
The Samsung TouchWiz UX is specifically designed to work with Androidâ„¢ Honeycomb 3.1 to optimize the large screen tablet user experience. The TouchWiz UX delivers superior multi-tasking and customization for an enhanced visual, fluid and intuitive mobile computing experience. TouchWiz UX features are scheduled to include:
Live Panel: Magazine-like widget view for immediate access to weather, social updates, email, news, photo gallery, all on the home screen. The visual layout of Live Panel is completely customizable for one-touch entry into each user’s most important information.
Mini Mode Tray: One-touch access to commonly used applications–Task Manager, Calendar, World Clock, Pen Memo, Calculator, Music–which overlay in a pop-up window on display screen for powerful multi-tasking.
Clipboard: Advanced copy & paste functionality allows Galaxy Tab 10.1 users to store photos, Web pages, YouTube links, etc., on the clipboard for easy sharing via email and social network sites.
Indicator Quick Panel: Quickly toggle on/off Wi-Fi, notifications, sound, brightness and settings in lower right hand corner of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 display.
Photo Editor: Rotate, crop and adjust colors on high quality digital images
Samsung Media Hub:
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 software update will introduce the evolution of Samsung’s popular movie and next day TV content service, known as Media Hub. Media Hub has been redesigned with a new user interface and optimized video content for the 10.1” display for even easier downloads and higher quality viewing experience of rented or purchased content. Media Hub features thousands of new release and top-grossing titles from major Hollywood studios and leading television networks, including NBC Universal, Paramount, MTV, Warner Bros. , CBS and FOX. The new version also features Media Hub Show, which allows the user to playback Media Hub content on a TV through an HDMI cable from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 dock or adaptor. Users can register up to five devices under one account to access owned content across multiple devices without repurchase. Alternate premium video options include Android Movies, which is available to download from the Android Market.
The software upgrade will also include Samsung’s Social Hub service, which aggregates email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections into an integrated experience.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 software update includes preloaded applications, scheduled to include:
Amazon Music Cloud Player: Upload your music in the cloud and access it from any device
Amazon Kindle: Get access to about a million Kindle books
Words with Friends: Face off against friends near and far with one of the most popular social games from Zynga
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
Samsung Kies 2.0:
Galaxy Tab 10.1 users will also gain greater file sharing capabilities through Samsung Kies 2.0 with support for both PC and Macs. Samsung Kies 2.0 includes the following user benefits:
Better device management: PIMS and multimedia data sync, firmware upgrades with file backup and wireless connectivity via WiFi and Bluetooth
Powerful multimedia support: Integrated library for storing mass data and complex content files
Faster performance: quick and seamless installation of Samsung Kies 2.0 delivers immediate access to file transfer process
This enhanced, tablet-optimized typing application includes features such as ability to re-size the keyboard, move the virtual keyboard anywhere on the screen and of course, type faster by swyping.
Print documents and pictures wirelessly from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to any compatible printer.
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 by logging onto the following URL:
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 with receiving and adding the latest software updates to Samsung mobile devices, users should check out the step-by-step instructions at http://ars.samsung.com/customer/usa/jsp/faqs/faqs_view_us.jsp?SITE_ID=22&PG_ID=2&PROD_SUB_ID=2076&PROD_ID=0&AT_ID=375497 or visit Samsung Support at http://www.samsung.com/us/support/
1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.