Samsung unveiled its TouchWiz UX overlay for Android 3.1 for its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in New York today August 3, though the dressing won’t be available to the public until Friday, August 5.
The new software will provide Tab 10.1 owners with a slew of easily accessible additions, such as a Live Panel–which promises a magazine-like widget view for direct access to social updates, email and news on the home pane–and a Mini Mode Tray to provide one-touch access to frequently used apps. The TouchWiz UX will also enable Samsung Kies 2.0 file sharing support for PC and Mac and features the advanced Clipboard for copying and pasting multimedia content, Photo Editor and Quick Panel for quick access to popular settings.
Samsung’s custom skin comes pre-loaded with Amazon’s Music Cloud Player, the Kindle app and ‘Words with Friends.’ The update supports Exchange ActiveSync version 14 and on-device encryption and compatibility with Cisco’s VPN/Sybase MDM/ WebEx, making it more enterprise-friendly. The TouchWiz UX will grant users wireless printing to any “compatible” printer, along with a Swype app that allows the keyboard to be moved anywhere on the panel. A redesigned Samsung Media Hub service and Adobe’s Flash Player 10.3 will also be available on the new user interface.
In addition to the new skin, Samsung unveiled a fresh collection of accessories for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, including an aluminum bodied and silicon tipped pen stylus, which will cost $20. The $50 Multimedia Dock provides a charging station for the device while in the landscape mode and offers HDMI out. For those who wish to convert their tablet into a notebook, the $150 Premium Protective case sports a full-size Bluetooth keyboard and a hinge allowing users to adjust the viewing angle.
Another accessory revealed was the $80 Ultra Productivity Tool, which will charge the device and supply consumers with a full-sized keyboard with Android shortcut keys. The company also announced a HDTV adapter, giving the slate full 1080p HDMI output, and a SD card adapter and USB adapter, both for $40. The Premium Book cover, a high-end case allows users to prop up the Tab 10.1 for typing or viewing movies and will cost $60.