Today Samsung held its big shindig to show off the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its TouchWiz UI update, and it even began loading the new software up on the Tab 10.1s owned by folks able to make it to the company's New York City-based retail store. Those of us not lucky enough to live in NYC will have to wait for an over the air update to get our TouchWiz on tablet-style, but the good news is that we won't be waiting long: Samsung just announced that the Tab 10.1's TouchWiz-enabling update will begin rolling out over the air on August 5th.
It's also been confirmed that the update will be coming to Verizon's 4G LTE Tab 10.1, though an exact date for its arrival hasn't been set yet.
Folks are still torn on whether or not they're excited about the Galaxy Tab 10.1's TouchWiz update, but it's good to see Samsung continue to show love to the slate and its owners by providing them fixes and improvements. If you're a Tab 10.1 user and you'd like to know exactly what this new update is packing, you can find the full list of new features as well as Samsung's full 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:
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:
Enterprise Solutions and Services:
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:
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... 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.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.