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2011-07-04 14h22_52

Last week we told you that Samsung would be holding an event in NYC on August 3rd (today) to unveil the TouchWiz UX update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi. That event has come and gone, and while attendees are getting their Tab's updated live, the rest of the country will have to wait until August 5th to see the update. Of course, if you live in NYC, you can swing by The Shops at Columbus Circle between 1:00PM to 6:00PM and get your Tab updated immediately.

The TouchWiz UX update brings some pretty awesome features to the Tab 10.1, like Live Panels, Mini-Mode Tray, an advanced clipboard, Indicator Quick Panel, and a Photo Editor:

  • 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

The update also brings other enhancements, like Samsung Hubs, a few bundled apps like Amazon Kindle, Cloud Player, and Words With Friends, as well as a tablet optimized version of Swype, and mobile printing.

We'll make sure to keep you posted when the update starts hitting devices, but until then, you can check out the official press release below.

Samsung Mobile Announces Availability of Major Software Update for Award-Winning Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 WiFi Edition

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 Tab™ 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 Android™ 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.

Social Hub:

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.

Apps Preloaded:

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

Swype:

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.

Mobile Printing:

Print documents and pictures wirelessly from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to any compatible printer.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • liams

    Any thoughts on how it looks visually vs vanilla honeycomb?

  • JOhn

    What I would do for this tablet!!! Wow, lol to be honest my main focus would be reading comics on it, but since I'm a bit of a tweakaholic, i'd probably pwn the thing.....:)

  • JayMonster

    From the press release...

    "Samsung TouchWiz is specifically designed for Honeycomb 3.1"

    And THAT is why I bought a Xoom!

    • Omar

      TouchWiz UX is a major upgrade over stock honeycomb imo... Although I am a fan of stock android, TouchWiz UX is an upgrade I am really looking forward to!

      • JayMonster

        You can have it... and I look forward to the whining when you (not you specifically, but those that suddenly like this crappy overlay) don't get Ice Cream Sandwich (or at least not for a good long time).

        • Haesslich

          Yeah... like Acer and other providers have been on the ball with those updates. I think only ASUS has been keeping up promptly, although Motorola's starting to catch up with that as well, despite being the "Google Experience" vendor.

          I mean, almost everyone ELSE can read and write SD on their tablets (save the Samsung, not having the port). I don't see how the overlay will delay things as badly as it does on the phone front, where carriers demand they comply to specific policies they have.

        • JayMonster

          Not sure what you are talking about, since the Xoom (wi-fi) is the first device to get any and all updates thus far, and even the VZW version is now prepping to get the update.

          And Asus, while behind, is only mildly so. They are prepping the 3.2 update for the Transformer...

          Meanwhile Samsung is prepping TouchWiz.

        • Haesslich

          And look at how well the Xoom updates are going. They only JUST got read-only SD support with 3.2, despite the OS apparently having some capability for supporting read-write operations given the Iconia A500, Toshiba Thrive, and ASUS EeePad Transformer all can do so. For being a 'Google Experience' device, it sure seems crippled at times.

          At this point, I'm not certain any of the manufacturers will be able to keep up with the Android Tablet updates the way Google keeps their flagship Nexus line going. The Nexus One actually managed to get Gingerbread before HTC released it for the Incredible S and Desire HD, and they're among the few manufacturers who manage to keep the custom UI releases almost current with the current Android version.

          I don't think adding Touchwiz UX will make that much of a difference for slower-than-molasses Samsung in terms of releasing Android versions. They and Acer manage to do that without involving custom UI's. I'm just waiting to see if Toshiba, Archos, and the other tablet manufacturers will manage to keep up with Google, or if we'll see updates for their tablets come six to eight months behond.

  • http://www.gizmodigit.com Alex

    Well much awaited update and it's looks good but can't compare to Honeycomb.

  • http://www.gvhomes.com/ new home builder

    This is a good feature to have

  • http://www.bestandroidapps.in radhika

    must download and install update. the total update package is around 188 MB but it is bundled with lots of improvement in the UI and feel. New features like quick tool bar at bottom and improved setting page makes navigation super smooth