Samsung has unveiled a new version of its TouchWiz user interface for Android. TouchWiz 4 is designed specifically for Android tablets running Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb, making it the first custom user interface set to run on top of Google’s new tablet operating system.The first tablets to use the new TouchWiz software will be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 inch tablets which are due out this summer.
The software won’t actually be available when the tablets launch, but will come as a future upgrade.
TouchWiz offers a few key features including Live Panels which display constantly updated information on your home screen from various apps. The panels actually remind me a lot of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 home screen interface.
There’s also a Mini App Tray that provides quick access to running apps. It’s not that different from the multitasking solution offered by Google in Android 3.0, but it looks more like an OS X-style dock.
TouchWiz 4 also features a Social Hub with quick access to email, messaging, and other social feeds.