2011-07-04 14h22_52

Samsung just started pushing a small, 3.22MB update to the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab 10.1, most likely to address bugs that were introduced with TouchWiz UX. It's unclear exactly what the update fixes, only that it "improves stability."

I must warn you, though -- I accepted the download on my rooted Tab 10.1 with ClockworkMod recovery, and after the installation was complete, the screen went black (but remained on) and nothing else happened. After waiting for several minutes, I rebooted, only for the same thing to happen again. I was still able to get into ClockworkMod to flash a recent backup, but it was scary nonetheless. If you're rooted and plan to pull this update, then I encourage you to tread carefully.

To see if the update is available to you, head into Settings > About Tablet > Software Update.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. 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-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • J Rush

    Just reading about it scares me...glad you got it back working Cam. ClockWorkMod saves the day again!

  • Joe

    Tread carefully.....or just wait for your friendly neighborhood XDA hackers to put together safe, nifty little update.zip (which is what any and all rooted users should do, rather than jumping on an OTA update on day 1)

  • Anas Q

    VIt should be common knowledge by now that if your device is rooted, you should never accept an OTA update.

    Bad Android blogger. Bad.

    • Cameron Summerson

      This is true, but I was feeling adventurous. Not to mention the fact that the TouchWiz UX update installed without issue and left root and CWM intact.

      • http://anasqtiesh.com Anas

        So um, did the TW UX update cause any lag? I'm getting the tab in a week and would like to keep it vanilla for a while at least.

        Can you disable or uninstall parts of TouchWiz? There are things I like and things that I don't from the reviews I've seen.

    • Jon Garrett

      Im new to Android coming from iOS. I have the 10.1 rooted with touch wiz.

      you said one should never accept the OTA update with a rooted device.

      what happens with ICS comes out? do I have to unroot? restore back to stock 3.1 or what?


      • Joe

        No, just wait until xda devs have had a chance to put together a root-friendly update for you to flash. Basically wait until the pros have vetted the OTA update and have put out their own "safe" version.

      • Cameron Summerson

        Yeah, Joe pretty much hit the nail on the head.

        • Brandon

          thx for the info Cam! question: i've had my tab for a week and love it, but when i'm on the internet it moves kinda slow. is this because of the single core processor. since i paid a pretty penny for it, i've been thinking about returning it because of this issue.

  • ML

    No problems updating my rooted gtab. I was feeling "adventurous" also.

  • Mike

    I felt "adventurous" and "defiant"! Though I read your warning; I went ahead with the update without backup and everything went smooth. I guess your problem was not related to root.

    PS: I am backing up post-update, you never know... :)

  • TimO

    Brandon, the Galaxy Tab has a DUAL CORE processor. If your speed are lagging it is probably something specific to the setup on your unique device. I have not heard much about these machines being slow on the Intetnet.