Jul 18, 2011

Google releases its Android 3.2 Honeycomb SDK

SOFTWARE HOUSE Google has released a software development kit (SDK) for Android 3.2, codenamed Honeycomb, which brings user and developer features.

It's not been long that we've been talking about Google's Android 3.1 Honeycomb operating system and already the SDK is out for the next update in line.

The Android Developers blog said, "Today we are announcing the Android 3.2 platform, an incremental release that adds several new capabilities for users and developers."

In terms of user features there will be a 'compatibility display mode' which allows for pixel-scaling of applications rather than stretching them, for apps not designed for larger screens.
Google is being a bit vague about the improvements but there will be a "variety of refinements across the system ensure a great user experience on a wider range of tablet devices".

Users will also be able to load media files from an SD card, on a tablet that facilitates one, straight to applications that use them.

For developers, extensions to the application programming interface (API) include resource qualifiers and manifest attributes to give greater and more precise control over the way apps are displayed.

A new 'zoom compatibility mode' will render the user interface of a fixed-size app on a smaller screen area, and then scale it up to fill the space available on the display. The new API is rated 13, one higher than version 3.1.

Whilst tablet manufacturers are rolling out Android 3.1 to devices, Huawei said its Mediapad, a 7in tablet, will come pre-loaded with version 3.2 when it tips up in the coming months.

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