Today Samsung has debuted its Touchwiz UX for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the press first, then to the public later today only in NYC. The Touchwiz update aims to add increased usability, new features while making it have more of an impact (as Samsung stated) to the user, and of course the Media Hub. Features that are the most prominent in the update include the new Touchwiz widgets, frequently-used apps that are “mini” (and can be easily accessed). The web browser has also been tuned to the likes Touchwiz, and the Quick Panel allows for easier access to things like WiFi, Bluetooth, and more. In fact, the Quick Panel will be responsible for many of the main functions, including all radio settings, notifications, and of course the time and dates. And look here: a dedicated screenshot button has been added, seen next to the multitasking icon on the taskbar.
Swype is also enabled for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is integrated. The size of the keyboard can be easily adjusted, along with the classic Swyping gestures along with normal typing. Find My Mobile is also included in the update. Once activated, it transmits GPS information (much like Find My iPhone) to a secure server and displays the map with its location to a website which would require a Samsung account. You can also ring up the tablet should you lose it in your house, as demoed on-stage.
As for entertainment, the Media Hub, Social Hub, and Music Hubs will all do the usual things Samsung hubs do in Touchwiz. There are free music tracks on the Music Hub as well as paid ones. The Social Hub has been tuned for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and focuses on general content, social networking, and just the normal email, Facebook, Twitter, and RSS streams into one, or organized streams with push notifications. Lastly, is Media Hub, which has also been optimized and tuned for the larger screen of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and allows for next-day TV downloads, movie rentals, movie purchases, and cloud syncing for all the content you’ve previously purchased, and can be shared up to 5 Samsung devices. A feature I find most interesting with the Media Hub is the progressive download feature: you can watch and download a movie or TV show at the same time.
Touchwiz For Galaxy Tb 10.1 Screenshots
Impressions and more about the update is seen after the break!
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