Samsung has tweaked the Android Honeycomb OS for use on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, with software they are calling Touchwiz Lightning. While the Touchwiz skin is quite similar to the stock standard Honeycomb look, it is notable for differentiating the Galaxy Tab from other Android devices.
As more and more Android tablets hit the shelves, you would think manufacturers would want to stand out in the crowd. So far, this has not really been the case, with most tablets shipping with almost exactly the same Android software. However, Samsung’s Touchwiz opts for a brighter and more futuristic look, with altered fonts and a new icon for screen shots.
While the Touchwiz UX looks like it is mostly a superficial update, at least Samsung are trying to do something a little different. The homescreen and settings menu do look clean and new however, and there is also a brand new dock bar full of Samsung mini-apps that stay hidden until tapped.
While still sticking closely to the Honeycomb experience, perhaps the Touchwiz skin is a sign of things to come. For existing Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners, the Touchwiz UX is included in the latest software update. For anyone who is thinking about buying one of these tablets, Touchwiz will be automatically included.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a 10 inch Android tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. It features a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and access to both a 3MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sells for US$600.