Dell starts sending out Android 3.2 Honeycomb updates to Streak 7 tablet owners

As promised last month Dell has started to send out Android 3.2 Honeycomb updates to their Dell Streak 7 Android tablet customers. The Dell Streak 7 launched and continues to sell with Android 2.2 Froyo the non-tablet version of Google’s Android OS, with Android 3.2 users should expect a whole new interface that’s optimized for tablets.

Dell Streak 7 owners are reporting that the update can cause a few different things to happen to system data (apps being the main concern), some are saying after updating to Android 3.2 all their apps were wiped out and others say their apps were still installed when they got into Android 3.2. Another issue, that’s more unavoidable, is the Streak 7′s 800-by-480 screen is really cramped with the Android 3.2 interface for some users.

If you were an early adopter of the Dell Streak 7 you’re probably wondering what took Dell so long to get Honeycomb out to you. Well, Google’s Android 3.0 and 3.1 releases both weren’t optimized for tablets like the Dell Streak 7 due to their display sizes and resolutions. Remember that Android 3.0 and 3.1 were developed for tablets with either 10.1-inch 1280-by-800 displays or just screens with 1280-by-800 resolutions, which the Dell Streak 7 has neither –the Streak 7 has a 7-inch 800-by-480 display. However with the recent release of Android 3.2 tablets like the Streak 7 are able to run Honeycomb.

The main user benefits for the Android 3.2 Honeycomb release (after the advancements in Android 3.0 and 3.1) are as follows:

  • 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.

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