Android 3.2 detailed, developers get SDK

Google has detailed some of the new tricks and titbits in Android 3.2 to developers on Friday night as it prepares to roll out the new iteration of Honeycomb.

The new update, which is expected to be rolling out to Motorola Xoom customers in the next couple of weeks and then presumably to other tablets thereafter, will come with a handful of new headline features.

High on the list of new “stuff” are optimisations for a wider range of tablets, compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps, media sync from SD card, and extended screen support API.

Optimisation for a wider range of tablets has been added to “ensure a great user experience on a wider range of tablet devices,” and presumably is to accommodate the new wrath of 7-inch tablets from the likes of Acer and Viewsonic coming out in the next couple of months.

Compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps is a new compatibility display mode that gives users a new way to view these apps on larger devices. The mode provides a pixel-scaled alternative to the standard UI stretching, for apps that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes.

Media sync from SD card will be for devices that support a removable SD card, users can now load media files directly from the SD card to apps that use them.

More details for developers can be found over at the Android developer hub.

http://developer.android.com/sdk/android-3.2.html



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