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Official Google Android 3.2 Release + updated SDK – New features

Written by Randy Harz. Posted in Android, Featured, News, Software and Apps

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Published on July 16, 2011 with No Comments

After the Motorola Xoom already received it’s 3.2 update Google now officially released Android 3.2, along with an updated SDK. The main new features are highlighted below, not including in the list are tablet specific fixes, like the SD card fix on the US Motorola Xoom which comes with the 3.2 update.

Also a Asus Transformer 3.2 update has been announced. As mentioned Motorola’s Xoom has it’s already while the 4G model is expecting it’s update anyday.

New features on Android 3.2:

Optimizations for a wider range of tablets. A variety of refinements across the system ensure a great user experience on a wider range of tablet devices.

Compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps. A new compatibility display mode 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. On devices that support a removable SD card, users can now load media files directly from the SD card to apps that use them.

Extended screen support API. For developers who want more precise control over their UI across the range of Android-powered devices, the platform’s screen support API is extended with new resource qualifiers and manifest attributes, to also allow targeting screens by their dimensions.

Sources: Android Developers (1), (2) via Engadget