As I thought they would Google has released the platform changes coming with the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update. The newest revision of the Honeycomb operating system for tablets will add the Zoom in feature detailed earlier in the week by Google and two other features as well.
Google writes on their developers website that the Android 3.2 update will bring the following:
- Optimizations for a wider range of tablets: Android 3.2 includes a variety of optimizations across the system to ensure a great user experience on a wider range of tablet devices.
- Compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps: Android 3.2 introduces a new compatibility zoom mode that gives users a new way to view fixed-sized apps on larger devices. The new mode provides a pixel-scaled alternative to the standard UI stretching for apps that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes, such as on tablets. The new mode is accessible to users from a menu icon in the system bar, for apps that need compatibility support.
- Media sync from SD card: On devices that support an SD card, users can now load media files directly from the SD card to apps that use them. A system facility makes the files accessible to apps from the system media store.
If you want to develop for Android 3.2 you can download the new SDK right now from Google. And unlike iOS you don’t have to pay a fee to gain access to developer tools so you can get started right away.
At this time Google isn’t saying when Android 3.2 will launch for all tablets. However Honeycomb tablet manufacturers like ASUS and Acer are getting their tablets ready for the new version of Honeycomb already.