Android 3.2, What does it mean to different tablet owners ?
By udayan On 18 Jul, 2011 At 08:32 PM | Categorized As News | With 64 Comments

Way back in the month of May, Android 3.1 was released and it was a huge Boost to the Android operating system. It is a treat for developers who were wanting to do something cool other than the Android UI itself. Like what? Audio accessories, Sports/Physical devices, Robotics and control. Wouldn’t it be cool to have the Garage Band App on Android devices that the iPad has? What about a robot that brushes your teeth? Google exposed a set of APIs that makes all this possible and takes the android experience to the next level.

Couple of days back, Google made an update available to the rest of the world, Android 3.2. This is an incremental update to the existing Android 3.1 platform. But it means a lot to many of the Android tablet owners. Interestingly OEMs like Asus and Motorola had access to this update even before it was released. First in the list to get this update is the Motorola Xoom. We have learnt that, with this update SD Card will work on the Xoom (finally !). Do you guys remember the tablet that can metamorphosis itself in to a Laptop? The ASUS transformer? Looks like the Transformer had some issues with the Keyboard dock. The issue was related to power management and recently the Taiwanese company Asus tweeted – apologising to customers about this issue. The tweet also hinted at the release of Android 3.2 update. The other tablets that are likely to get this update are

  • Acer Iconia Tab A500
  • Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Toshiba Thrive
  • A new entry, Huawei tablet –  Worlds first 7 inch tablet running Android 3.2.

Android 3.2 highlights:

  • Optimizations for a wider range of screen sizes: This allows developers to target tablets of different sizes(7 inch, 8 inch, 10.1 inch and so on)
  • Zoom-to-fill screen compatibility mode: A new implementation is now available that lets users to run fixed size Apps. Earlier when mobile Apps were running on tablets, they had an expanded UI. However from Android 3.2 on wards, Apps will be Pixel scaled instead of having an extended UI.
  • Media files sync from the SD card: Load media files directly from the SD card to apps that use them.
  • Extended screen support API: Developers get precise control over the user interface across the range of Android-powered devices.
This is a huge boost for Android App developers. The flexibility provided by iOS SDK is now available in Android SDK. The iPad is capable of running iPhone Apps without any trouble. IOS provides an option to view any iPhone App in 1X  or 2X mode. This feature would be available in Android soon. This should encourage developers to invest in developing Apps for Android without having the fear of the Apps not working well on a tablet. Google is pushing out updates at a rapid rate and this is the last update before the next major update, that is “Ice Cream Sandwich”. Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to be one single version of Android that will work on any Android device including tablets and Phones.

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About - Udayan is an Android enthusiast who lives in the city of Bangalore. He likes to blog about android, Apple, Microcontollers, Linux and so on. He is the founder of a unique tech community - TantraJnaan(Meaning Technology).Visit to know more.

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    Very good article. I wonder how much of 3.2 is an Alpha or Beta test for ICS 1.

    • Stuart says:

      I believe that most of both the incremental update to gingerbread and this latest patch for honeycomb are laying down ground work for ice cream sandwich. The scaling screen thing is definitely part of that,but personally I would prefer to have properly developed UI for tablets.

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