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TouchWizUX Update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is Rolling Out Now!

The TouchWizUX update for the WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1 is available now if you are still awake and feel like pulling it.  The update will include a new set of live panel widgets, a mini apps tray, new bloatware, and maybe most importantly, Swype for tablets.  While this may be one of the first Honeycomb tablets to alter the OS, we’re actually hearing pretty decent things about it.  Grab it and let us know what you think!

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  • Anonymous

    I’m debating using the Media hub for purchases. How secure is it to add credit information on these devices?

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  • Kerrythebeast

    Is there a way to get rid of the update i hate it it looks lie crap, i hate the gray and the only think i like is the touch to zoom tilt, but im never going to use it also the screen capture is nice but i would rather not haven givenup te look of stock to get it

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  • trevorsalienarms

    Went ahead with the update…it’s not bad overall, still playing with it.

    My biggest issue right now is the browser…does anyone know how to kill mobile view? I tried the “about:debug” trick, but that seems only to apply to the stock Honeycomb browser.

    Help please?

    • trevorsalienarms

      Yeah, never mind. I’m an idiot apparently. about:debug works just fine, though I swore I entered it correctly the first three times I tried it. Anyway, mobile view disabled.

      Otherwise, Touchwiz seems ok. It’s growing on me. Couple of annoyances:

      Screenshot button is placed very inconveniently. I’ve taken a handful of unintentional screen caps already. It just doesn’t need to be there.

      The little mini-tray at the bottom would be more useful if the “commonly used apps” were customizable or at least actually based on what you commonly use. They seem to fixed to the four or five that are there, and it bugs me that the icon for the calendar app perpetually says “June 6”. Be nice if it were the actual date.

      Browser seems noticeably slower to me, but maybe it’s the particular pages I’m viewing, not sure yet. There’s also a “quick controls” option (settings-> labs) that allows the browser to go full screen top to bottom; swiping along the edges brings up the navigation/bookmark control, but the control is an odd semicircle configuration that seemed wonky to me.

      I’m still on the fence, but I don’t hate it.

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  • Pcguru30

    Is it possible that this rolled out early to some people?  I downloaded an update for my 10.1 last week that includes many if not all of the features described

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  • will this lock the bootloader and does that mean i can’t install non market apps

  • Anonymous

    Anything is better than stock Honeycomb.  Touchwiz is nicely done and device is usable without needing to hunt for tablet apps.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome update.

  • When i first saw a video a few months ago, before the Tab was even released, of the TouchWiz for Honeycomb, I was NOT into it. I wanted the “pure” look of Honeycomb. I originally had an Acer Iconia, which was fine until the 3.1 update came and immeditaly killed it and it would no longer boot, even after a factory reset, so I returned it and got the Galaxy Tab and was surprised to find it was stock. But after a few weeks of stock, I took the plunge and got the update last night, and I am loving it. The browser no longer lags, and since that is mostly what I use I am beyond thrilled. The whole tablet overall is smoother. This is what a custom skin should do, actually IMPROVE Android.

    • awm

      I’m liking it too..so far I see a value added experience…great job Samsung!

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    Has anyone with a rooted tab applied this update? Should i unroot before applying? I would rather not brick my tab.

  • Kelly Chasney

    Havent seen this in the comments yet but, the update seems to lock the bootloader. Any way to unlock it after the update?

  • I gotta say, I actually thoroughly love it more than stock. It feels more like an original device. Stock is nice, but it gets tired. I love that the entire dash at the bottom is more slate and minimalist than stock. It looks cleaner and simpler. The browser is also much much better and cleaner. I don’t care too much for bloat ware but then again, I’ve already bought a few episodes of Wilfred. 

    I transferred some Xvids and a few WMVs and they work very well. Never thought I’d say this but I love TouchWiz on this thing. Oh, and I turned off all the animations. This thing freakin’ flies. 

  • I got the update. Im just not really caring for the look with all the white/grey now. I preferred the black/blue look of stock.

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  • Anonymous

    I would love to see Droid-Life put together a video showcasing the differences between stock and TouchWiz.  I’m mostly concerned with what I might LOSE, more then what I gain.

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  • Jimmy8

    Normally I hate the idea of skins and touchwiz are you kidding has one of the worst reputations in my mind (at least to me) but all I have to say is this time they did it right aside from the few apps (bloatware) and honestly I had most of them already installed anyway, everything in this update is an improvement.

    Touchwiz for the win (at least on my tab)  I think I threw up in my mouth a bit

  • Doug

    Having the bookmark sync issue also.  If you have folders in the bookmarks in Chrome the new browser after the update does not recognize the folders and shows empty.  The old browser worked perfectly BEFORE the update.  Please report the issue to Samsung and put the pressure to correct this MAJOR bug.

  • Jhwf44

    Can you uninstall TouchWiz UX and get back to stock honeycomb?

    • Anonymous

      I was wondering the same thing.  I’m loving stock honeycomb, but if TouchWiz simply adds features and boosts performance while maintaining the integrity of stock honeycomb, then I want in. 

      My biggest concern with updating is the possibility of losing a feature important to me…

    • Anonymous

      So far the only option I have found to accomplish this is to root and re-install 3.1 – but you will be losing the ability to ever use the movie option from Google since it will not work on any device that has been unlocked.  I don’t know about the Samsung Movie Hub tho…

  • Trevor

    I just dont understand why everyone keeps on talking about the ability to take a screenshot?  Is this really that big of a deal? I have never had the desire to take a screenshot and I believe 99% of the normal (i.e. non-geek) world does not care about that feature.  
    Also, does the screenshot button really live on the bottom bar the entire time you use the tablet or do you have to enable it.  Because I would find that very annoying. 

    • Anonymous

       I 100% agree.  I haven’t played around too much yet, but the screen shot button IS living down there by default all the time, and it IS super annoying. With the rest of the improvements, I am really utterly in shock that they did something soo completely stupid. 

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  • TemplesOfSyrinx

    Why is the HTC Flyer totally ignored on Droid-Life?  Jackie Childs says, “It’s rootable, portable, awesome!”

  • Kpursu1

    99% like. Tablet seems snappier. Like everything so far except. I wish you could customize the quick app panel.

    • Gottheguds112

      One of the most useful features they included. However, I already reverted. The Colorize Widgets people made a much more responsive version in Wizz Bar for stock Honeycomb. 

  • Donstpete

    What’s not to like? It is smooth, looks good, has excellent features and overall improves my Tabs functionality. I like it.

  • Travislufsey

    Like it alot, the only thing I don’t like is it seems like the internet browser is crowded, I don’t know if its because the bar goes all the way across the bottom of the screen or what. And I also don’t like all the white at the top of it either. But I like everything else

  • trevorsalienarms

    I’ve never registered mine with Samsung, as I assumed it would be awful, so I’m hoping I can avoid it until enough positive comments roll in.

    I like stock Honeycomb. It’s simple, clean and unobtrusive.

    • Anonymous

      in other words. the way it was intended

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    • Anonymous

      Same…havent registered…

  • Alot of neat features and surprisingly, a way to change the contrast of the screen.  Not to mention a built in file browser, Kies support, wifi sync, they got rid of the annoying dock mode, the browser now acts more like Chrome, has the ability to sync with Chrome and so much more that I haven’t found yet, still exploring 😛

    It adds Video rental support from Android market and the Market Video tab
    System resources manager lets you clear ram, and manage running applications on the fly through the mini app dock.

    Motion support and new gestures

    New power saving Mode

    … Still exploring…

    • Scott

      What exactly syncs with chrome?  Bookmarks?  B/c my settings tell it to sync but there are no bookmarks shown.  I wish you could change the resolution.  Everything (icons, text) looks larger and would like to knock the size down some.

  • Anonymous

    Google i/o tablet didn’t get an update. We got an update last week, I have no idea what that update did though. 

    • Anonymous

      did it put you on 3.2?

  • Anonymous

    Downloading now. Don’t care about the locked bootloader.

  • Anonymous

    It may not be locked. I still have Clockworkmod recovery. Thank goodness.

  • its shockingto see touchwiz actually improve something  but i am digging itso far.

  • Anonymous

    I’m liking it thus far, love the media hub app

  • Jason Purp

    Where’s TouchWiz 4 for the Charge…

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately it locks the bootloader for those who had it unlocked.

    There is no padlock on startup.

  • TheWogLTD

    Got it. Installed it. Dig it

  • GalaxyTabuser101

    Its taking a while to install the update im at 76% 

  • Anonymous

    i wonder if this skin will delay any updates. i still remember the froyo disaster of 2010.