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Samsung halts TouchWiz update for Tab 10.1

Android UX update put on hold in order to “assess progress”

Even though Samsung’s TouchWiz update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has already been rolling for close to two weeks, the company has just now put the update on hold.

Though the exact reasons behind the stoppage are unknown, a Samsung rep informed AndroidPolice via Twitter that the update has been put on hold in order to “assess progress & ensure it’s a positive experience for customers”. There also doesn’t appear to be any solid date for the update to resume, with shortly” being the only time frame given.

Samsung might not be revealing their cards, but the update may have been stopped as a result of complaints in which the new Android UX rendered some tablets useless due to serious graphical flaws and lag. Though the number of affected users is minimal, it may have given Samsung enough reason to tweak the update.

The TouchWiz UX update is the first complete skin for Google’s tablet-specific Honeycomb OS, and comes with various widgets and improved quick-access panels. The update was released over-the-air on the 5th of August, and was well accepted based on early reviews. With the update halted for the time being, Samsung should be able to resolve any lingering issues, and hopefully TouchWiz-less Tab users out there won't be waiting too long.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-08-16 (Update: 2012-05-26)