Galaxy Tab 10.1 update coming soon, announced list of changes

 

By Posted 4 Jul 2011, 11:54

Samsung has recently confirmed that a software update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is coming soon, today we will go through the list of upcoming changes which will come as part of the update and also ask you what further improvements and new features you would like to see.

Firstly we can confirm that when the update is rolled out your Galaxy Tab 10.1 should show a notification which will allow you to easily install the latest software version. If you want to manually check for updates simply go to ‘Apps’ (via the top right corner of the homescreen), then choose ‘Settings’, followed by ‘About Tablet’, here you will be able to force your tablet to check for the latest software, however please remember that the update has not gone live just yet. You will only see the update if you are signed in to your Google and Samsung accounts whilst connected to the internet via WiFi, before performing the update please ensure that you have sufficient battery life and also unplug any chargers etc.

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You can see a full list of changes over at Samsung.com, sadly we don’t know what this software version is going to be called, but we can confirm that there is lots to look forward to, in this brief article we will summarize what Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners have to look forward to.

The most noticeable change will be the new UI, once the update has been installed you will be using Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, this gives the user a more intuitive and fluid experience. The new user interface brings a new magazine-like widget called Live Panel, an easy way of accessing commonly used apps which is called Mini Apps Tray, an improved clipboard feature which gives the tablet better copy and paste functionality and another widget which is called Indicator Quick Panel, this allows you to adjust settings easily such as screen brightness, volume, notifications and WiFi.

Also a new premium video/movie feature is coming, this allow you to rent and purchase TV shows and movies, once you have paid for your content you will be able to share it to up to five Media Hub-enabled devices.

If you use your Tab 10.1 for business you will be happy to hear that enterprise-centric changes are coming, such as on-device encryption, Cisco / F5 VPN capability, Sybase Afaria support and there will also be more exhaustive EAS IT policies available.

Finally the update will install a few new apps and services, such as Amazon Music Cloud Player, Amazon Kindle (eBook access), Words with Friends (a social wordgame), Swype, FindMyMobile, Mobile Printing and it will also promote the use of Samsung Hubs. As previously mentioned you should check out Samsung.com for all of the details.

Do you own the Tab 10.1? If so what additional changes would you like to see?