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.
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