Android 3.2 made official, SDK now available to all

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| July 15, 2011

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Android 3.2 may have already begun making its way to the Motorola XOOM, but tonight Google wrapped up the week by making the latest version of Honeycomb official. So what kinds of goodies can be found in the latest version of Google's tablet-friendly operating system? Some of the highlights include:

  • 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.

Besides finally making Android 3.2 official, Google also tossed the SDK for the OS online for all to download and dig into. You can find everything you need for that right here. As for when 3.2 will appear on devices besides the WiFi XOOM, Motorola has said that the update will be hitting the Verizon XOOM sometime in the coming weeks, ASUS currently has the Transformer's version of 3.2 in testing, and Huawei plans to release the MediaPad with 3.2 preinstalled sometime in Q3. There's no word on when other tablets, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, will join in on the Android 3.2 fun, but we'll let you know more when we do.

Via Android Developers