Samsung shows off TouchWiz UX, should be coming on August 5th

Custom Honeycomb skin and a multitude of accessories debut for the Tab 10.1

At an event in New York City today, Samsung unveiled their long awaited Honeycomb TouchWiz UX for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The UX, which will be available for all Tab 10.1 owners on Friday the 5th of August, will be coming via an over the air update and adds some exciting features to the tablet.

Of the many features included in the update, the following enhancements stand out:

  • Live Panel: An improved widget that allows quick access to weather, social networks, email, news and photos.
  • Mini Mode Tray: A quick access panel for commonly used apps such as Calender, World Clock, Calculator, Music and Pen Memo
  • Quick Panel: An on/off toggle for Wi-Fi, notifications, sound brightness and settings
  • Photo Editor: software that allows photo editing directly on the tablet. Includes rotate, crop and color adjustment


In addition, Samsung is offering a few exclusive options to users that register their tablet with the company. The new Samsung Media Hub, included with the UX, provides users with thousands of new videos and tv shows that can be purchased or rented for viewing on the Tab 10.1 via an optimized user interface. The update will also come preloaded with certain apps, such as Words with Friends, Amazon Kindle, the Amazon Music Cloud Player, and a tablet-optimized version of Swype.

The TouchWiz debut wasn’t all that Samsung had in store in New York today, as the company also introduced multiple new accessories for the 10.1” Galaxy Tab.  The accessories include $40 SD and USB adapters for the tablet, an HDTV accessory that allows full 1080p video output, and 2 different keyboard docks (one with Bluetooth and another without) that make the Tab 10.1 very Transformer-esque. Furthermore, Samsung will be selling a $20 capacitive stylus that improves input on the touch screen and a couple of cases that help protect your tablet from wear and tear.

All in all, Samsung definitely had a busy day in the Big Apple, and Tab 10.1 owners are definitely appreciative. It will have to be seen whether or not TouchWiz is an improvement over the stock Honeycomb experience, but with August 5th just around the corner the wait shouldn’t be too long.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-08- 3 (Update: 2012-07-18)