Samsung is known for their Touch Wiz user interface that’s found on many Samsung Android devices. When Omar Khan announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 at CTIA in March this year he said that they too would feature Samsung’s Touch Wiz interface. Like HTC and their Sense UI, Samsung has redesigned Touch Wiz specifically for the Honeycomb tablet experience.
Samsung uploaded a new Galaxy Tab 10.1 video yesterday that included a quick overview of the Touch Wiz interface on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Although we have 3 Galaxy Tab 10.1’s in Thedroidguy staff none of them have received any update yet with TouchWiz (and I’m pretty sure at least one of our writers isn’t planning on taking that update), so we can’t say first hand but the video tells a lot.
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First off it doesn’t seem that TouchWiz is mandatory. It’s more like the latest incarnation of Motorola’s Moto Blur where you can use as much of it or as little of it as you’d like.
Secondly, for a beginning user, the graphic rich widgets provided by Samsung actually seem more helpful than hurtful. In the video below you can see a quick glimpse of Touch Wiz for Honeycomb at 1:36 in the video. At 2:14 into the video the narrator briefly goes over the Touch Wiz user interface.
One of the things that looks interesting is six mini-apps that are included in this update. They are: Task Manager, World Clock, Pen Memo, Calendar, Calculator and Music. These six apps can be run right on top of the apps currently running in Honeycomb. Think Dashboard on mac OSX computer (but don’t tell Steve Jobs).
The video is over 12 minutes long and most of it is about the other features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 like it’s size and weight. So if you’re only interested in the Touch Wiz part start at 1:36 and then continue at 2:14