Google Brings Out Quickie Android 3.2 Honeycomb Update

June 21, 2011
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With Huawei’s debut of its 7-inch Android tablet also came the debut of Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Most news updates carried headlines for the Huawei MediaPad and mentioned only the coming of Android 3.2 Honeycomb in passing.

Tech site This Is My Next, however, reports that Android 3.2 Honeycomb will be the last in the Android 3.x series and that it has several new features:

  • optimized for 7-inch and 8.9-inch devices
  • SD card support
  • Zoom-to-Fill compatibility mode (for apps designed to run on smaller screens)
  • expands support for more mobile processors such as NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Qualcomm’s processors
  • fixes some bugs and improves hardware acceleration
  • provides updates to widgets and apps (e.g., Movies, Movie Studio, Music, etc.)

The upgrade to 3.2 came barely a month after Honeycomb was bumped from 3.0 to 3.1, which came out just a few weeks ago.

Earlier Honeycombs were meant for 10.1-inch tablets, but the 3.2 build is expected to give the Honeycomb series a wider range of screen sizes to run on. This implies that 7-inch and 8.9-inch tablets will finally have an Android OS that will fit perfectly to their respective screen size.

For now, only the Huawei MediaPad has Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but other tablets such as the Motorola XOOM, HTC Flyer, ASUS MeMO, etc. will be getting updates “in the next few weeks.”

Many Android fans say that this latest update only proves that Google was too hasty in bringing out Honeycomb. Even Andy Rubin himself was quoted to have often mentioned about cutting a lot of corners as a trade-off to the speedier delivery of Honeycomb. But, all this sweet mess may melt away as soon as Ice Cream Sandwich comes out of the freezer some time this fourth quarter.

Are you getting your tablet bumped up to Android 3.2 Honeycomb when it comes? Or will you wait for Ice Cream Sandwich?

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