Here are the main innovations introduced by Samsung with KitKat updates on Galaxy tablets

As our readers will know by now, Samsung has started the roll-out of the first updates to Android KitKat 4.4.2 also for many of its Galaxy tablets produced before 2014, some of which even stuck at Jelly Bean 4.1.2 (such as the Galaxy Note 10.1).

To better understand the work done by the Korean manufacturer, we will try to summarize all the following main news which have been introduced with the latest software versions.
However, given the very high number of models and variants in circulation we will focus mainly on the flagship device Notes 10.1 2014, the one that has received the most changes.

Graphic restyling
(all tablets)

With KitKat all Samsung tablets have received a small graphic restyling.
In some products the changes made are marginal, such as the icons of the status bar become completely white, in others more conspicuous such as the drop-down menu with circular icons TabPro and NotePro style and the settings menu divided into tab.
In all, however, the TouchWiz launcher remains the traditional one, different from the version provided in the Magazine UX interface.

Task Manager
(some tablets only)

For some tablets, the recent apps screen, now with the thumbnail list positioned at the bottom on a black background.

Multi User Support
(some tablets only)

Among the most important innovations, but unfortunately only for some models, we also point out the addition of the multi-user mode, which allows you to create on the same device more than one user profile with different custom settings.

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(for all tablets with multi window function)

With KitKat, Samsung has decided to improve some aspects related to Multi Window.
In particular the bar has been split into two columns, in order to have a greater number of connections immediately available.
Furthermore, a simple swipe from the right edge of the screen to the inside.
Also introduced support for Multi Instance and the ability to create multiple screen templates predefined.

Pen Window
(Notes 10.1 2014)

Also improvements to the Pen Window feature, which now allows easily extend the app list to be opened in floating window mode (but always only with those compatible with multi window mode).

New lockscreen
(Notes 10.1 2014)

A new mode of unlock based on signature recognition.

Update Samsung App
(all tablets)

Many Samsung’s default apps have been updated to the latest versions available.

New Apps available
(for newer tablet models only)

With the KitKat updates Samsung has made it available for free through its Store applications such as the office suite Hancom Office (which we have already talked about in a previous article praising its interface and potential) Remote PC And Samsung e-Meeting.

Samsung Knox

KitKat firmware is also present the virtual environment for the protection of personal data Samsung Knox (in particular version 1.0 and not the last released 2.0).


For tablets that came from the first versions of Jelly Bean of android it is also necessary to add all the new features that have characterized the Samsung updates Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 released for smartphones, such as the screen for managing default apps and disabled apps, move the app on microsd card, setting reading mode, screen mirroring and more.

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From the various feedback we have received in recent months and also from some tests carried out directly we cannot forget to underline the improvement that the new firmware have made at the level of fluidity and speed.

For those who want it in the comments at the bottom of the page can share with others their opinions about upgrades to KitKat or even report additional new features that we have not reported.

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