PSA: Galaxy Tab 10.1 Samsung UX Upgrade Will Not Be Reversible

August 4, 2011
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As a reminder the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi will be receiving the new Galaxy Tab Touch Wiz UX update starting tomorrow. Users will be upgraded to a new user interface bringing tons of changes and options to the user interface of Android 3.1 Honeycomb. We have some news regarding this update and thought we'd share it with everyone as a PSA.

While the new Touch Wiz UX brings plenty of new features, users might like to know that the upgrade will be permanent. The update will come OTA starting tomorrow and users will be able to quickly update and try out the new features. The bad part here is if you don't like the new changes you will NOT be able to reverse or disable the new user interface. Once you update you are stuck with it. Now we aren't saying you wont like it, because it brings some awesome new things to the Tab but it may not be for everyone.

Users, who will receive the over-the-air download for their WiFi devices beginning Friday, won't be able to remove the Samsung features even if they desire to return to the standard Android platform, Mr. Kim said.

Samsung does mention they only improved and changed things which they know users would want such as ease of use, visual appeal, and entertainment. It is not designed to be intrusive, rather it should be something users enjoy and appreciate. We got an early look a few months back and you can see that here, although this was while it was still in beta form and the final version is much smoother.

Here is the official Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Demo right from Samsung Mobile for those interested

While having unlocked and rooted devices like the Galaxy Tab nothing is actually "permanent" because advanced users can always root and flash back to stock if they choose, but for the average person this might not be a solution and that is why we felt like sharing this little PSA that the upgrade will not be removable if users want to do so. I personally plan to accept the update coming tomorrow and will be hitting update all morning til I receive it over the air.

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[via WSJ]


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  • Anonymous

    I actually really wanted this tablet because I like the hardware, but Samsung’s craptastic software makes it a non-starter for me. I’m not willing to hold back on an old version of Android or root the thing to get real Android on it, either.

    You hear that Samsung? I want to give you money, but you keep putting lots of time, money, and effort into writing horrible software that drives me away. Just stop trying so hard and just release stock Android devices with great hardware. Everybody wins.

    • http://twitter.com/xguntherc Cory (xguntherc)

      they are stock, just don’t take the update but I see your point

  • http://twitter.com/f1n3b01 hussein ghandour

    do i lose all my apps and stuff if i update?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002139678572 Andro Apps

      no the data remains perfectly intact.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micah-Madru/100001151887665 Micah Madru

    Will this roll out as an ota update to galaxy tab google i/o users?

  • infobits

    Hi where do you hit “update” on the tab to initiate an update check? Or is this automatically checked for perioidically?  I have a Samsung acct registered but it is greyed out and says “Sync is Off:”.

    • http://twitter.com/xguntherc Cory (xguntherc)

      yea and sign into the Samsung account, or go into sync settings and make sure its enabled

  • Wyee2

    I am in NYC and still don’t see any automatic update notification…?  Is this supposed to be happening now or do we just wait around all day or days until Samsung  decides to push it down to us?

    • http://twitter.com/xguntherc Cory (xguntherc)

      @93ac1a16acd729e53151d6106efab8ec:disqus Go into settings and the last option is “about tablet” hit that and the check for “system updates” is at the top of the list.

      Click that a few times with Wifi enabled, or try restarting and checking for an update and it should initialize

      • Wyee2

        Thanks! I totally forgot about that “Check for Updates” menu item was hidden under the “About Tablet” menu!  I am running it now. Hope it goes well.  Thank You!

  • Astarling10

    Received the update and I like it. Honeycomb still a little wonky without TWiz.

  • Tdtomdavies

    The update killed my wifi connection.  My droid phone can still connect to my home wifi but my tab can’t.  I CAN connect to my phone wifi hot spot, which is connected to the home wifi.  I can also connect to my neighbours wifi. But, as soon as my tablet reset, I was not longer able to connect to my home wifi.  gggggggggrrrrrrrrrr.

  • Android_user

    I am not able to see the update for my ROOTED samsung galaxy tab.. is it because my tablet is rooted?Was anyone able to get the samsung update on a rooted tablet? Please let me know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sberfield Scott Berfield

    What a horrible update. What drugs were the designers using? Huge ugly fonts, useless non-editable task bar, horrible waste of screen space by teh re-designed widgets. Argh!