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Android 3.2 to Include New App Zooming Feature, Should Help Non-Tablet App Functionality

 

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A “near-future release of Honeycomb” (Android 3.2?) is on the way and will include a new zooming feature to make all of those non-tablet apps function much more properly on your big-screened device.  Since many developers have not created or updated their apps to have tablet-specific features, this new zoom option should help end users out.

If the developer of an app you are using is not forcing their app to look a certain way or has not targeted Android 3.0, then you should see a new box in the system tray which gives you two options for viewing:

If you were to choose the new “Zoom to fill screen” option, the app will essentially switch over to how you would expect the app to look on a phone.  It’s more of an emulated size that is then blown up to match your larger screen, making it much easier to use certain apps.  A great example is in the picture at the top of this post.

Via:  Android Developers Blog

  • Dkrista1984

    Just had 3.2 push anyone else get it?

  • Anonymous

    This is a great addition, and should make it easier for developers to enhance their phone apps for the larger tablet screens.  Bravo Google for adding this.  Now, please also tell us that 3.2 includes functionality to support the SD card reader. http://www.tabletpcdevices.com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N4NYE4UM3Z4KCLKWRZXUJDYSGY Henry Bailey

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, LiveCent.com

    • Csaubin27

      cool

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com/ Max

    thats better there are non tablet apps that i want

  • Ge Ge

    XOOM ZOOM anyone xD

  • Xoomnation

    I am always amazed when people attempt to compare ios with honeycomb. IOS is still just a phone os on a big screen. Honeycomb is a fully functional and growing enterprise OS..Apples and Oranges people…

  • Anonymous

    Hey, when’s the phone OS gonna get some love?

  • http://twitter.com/garhomes Garland Homes

    should help google tv when/if they send out the update to the 1st gen devices…here’s hoping

  • http://profiles.google.com/borochocho Cesar Lopez

    this update will be a complete fail if for what ever reason it does not enable sd support. give us what we paid for first and then if u decide to add more stuff than great.

    • Anonymous

      @ Brian, Fail in the sense that it has been five months and we’ve been waiting patiently for our XOOM to be complete, when we brought it at that ridiculously high price there were promises of SD and 4G upgrade in 3 months. So that is the Fail issue, not the XOOM itself…

      • Anonymous

        My Streak 7 has a crummy battery life and a substandard screen, but I had SD support (full, not micro) and 4G out of the box for $99 on contract.

        The XOOM was just asking too much and giving too little. It’s still a nice device, but not really a good value.

      • http://profiles.google.com/borochocho Cesar Lopez

        i wasnt calling the xoom a fail by any means. im sorry if for some reason it seemed like  i did. i’ve had a xoom since day one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1501095082 Chris Hughes

      the frosting on the fail will be if the browser lag isn’t fixed.

    • Mm

      You uneducated bean bag!!!  than—–> then

  • Anonymous

    That would be Nice, I may start using TweetDeck again

  • Anonymous

    Well I guess there is perhaps one benefit of being a Xoom owner, chances are we will be the first to get this. Sadly…the benefits stop there..

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      I disagree…if you don’t like it sell it

      • Eric

        I’ve been trying to sell mine for 2 months now no takers. What does that tell you?

        • Mm

          you’re a fanboy~~~ go tug on Stevie JOBS cock!!

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t say I didn’t like it, I said that’s the only benefit of having a Xoom in comparison to the other Honeycomb Tabs. Relax.

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t say I didn’t like it, I said that’s the only benefit of having a Xoom in comparison to the other Honeycomb Tabs. Relax.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t forget the barometer . . .

      • Anonymous

        Touchè

      • Anonymous

        Touchè

  • Logan

    I would be happy with SD support and that is all for this update.  Anything else would be a bonus! 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, like 4G LTE…

  • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

    Now to see if Samsung is as bad with tablet updates as it is with phone updates.

    • Anonymous

      Samsung is awesome with updates outside of the US. It’s not Sammy, it’s the US telnet guys.

      • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

        I hope you’re right. But I haven’t heard anything about the 3.2 update for the Tab 10.1 yet. And I’ve been looking.

  • GinoSylum

    Pick up Spare Parts off the Market. It does this already… I got it the first week i got my Wifi Xoom, and EVERY app automatically auto-fits to the screen, no problem.

  • Anonymous

    Bring on 3.2!

  • Jack Rastolski

    BONER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/capn774 Sean O’Keefe

    Google+ invite?

    capn774@gmail.com

  • Anonymous

    Well, isn’t this a bucket of rad? Android once again showing iOS how it’s done when it comes to app scaling.

    “Wait, you mean you don’t just double the screen resolution and stretch the app?”
    -Steve Jobs

    • EC8CH

      to bad this is probably covered by one of those 4.3 billion dollar Nortel Patents…

      Oh well, just another reason to sue I guess.

    • http://profiles.google.com/irishpride1183 jake sirlin

      The reason iOS doesn’t need to do this is because the devs actually make apps that are meant for tablet use, so there is as much of a need for this.  Unless of course you just want to use “retinapad” which sizes iPhone apps to fit on the iPad and look great.  But hey, why would an Android user want to point out something that iOS does better than Android.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        Not at first get facts

      • Anonymous

        So, the thing that iOS does better is make it so apps have to be rewritten to be used on a tablet, as opposed to simply optimised (or have nothing done at all and they still work fine; c/o this story)?

        I think you need to look up the meaning of “better.” You’re using it wrong.

        • http://profiles.google.com/irishpride1183 jake sirlin

          If you would like to read my post again, I did mention an app called “retinapad”, which does exactly what you are talking about.  It optimizes apps that were not meant for the iPad to fit on the screen with higher resolution.

          • Anonymous

            First you say, “The reason iOS doesn’t need to do this is because the devs actually make apps that are meant for tablet use.”
            This basically states that iOS does not include functionality for upscaling apps natively, so devs must recode their app in order for it to be functional on the iPad. Then you reference “retinapad,” which is a third party app (again, not a native part of iOS). All you’re doing is proving that this functionality isn’t built into iOS. To put a punctuation mark on this, Retinapad (to my knowledge; I could be wrong) is jailbreak only.

            Android has third party functionality of this sort, as well (no root necessary), but has always had native scaling and has just improved on that with this addition in 3.2. Where is iOS better, again? There are some things I think that iOS does better than Android, but app scaling certainly isn’t one of them. On iOS, it’s clunky and crude. On Android, it was built in from the get-go. Not really surprising, since Android was built with multiple form factors in mind and iOS wasn’t; but it doesn’t change the fact that Android has and does do it better.

          • Anonymous

            First you say, “The reason iOS doesn’t need to do this is because the devs actually make apps that are meant for tablet use.”
            This basically states that iOS does not include functionality for upscaling apps natively, so devs must recode their app in order for it to be functional on the iPad. Then you reference “retinapad,” which is a third party app (again, not a native part of iOS). All you’re doing is proving that this functionality isn’t built into iOS. To put a punctuation mark on this, Retinapad (to my knowledge; I could be wrong) is jailbreak only.

            Android has third party functionality of this sort, as well (no root necessary), but has always had native scaling and has just improved on that with this addition in 3.2. Where is iOS better, again? There are some things I think that iOS does better than Android, but app scaling certainly isn’t one of them. On iOS, it’s clunky and crude. On Android, it was built in from the get-go. Not really surprising, since Android was built with multiple form factors in mind and iOS wasn’t; but it doesn’t change the fact that Android has and does do it better.

    • Anonymous

      upscalling makes apps look like shit, I’d prefer a re-worked app like the iPad offers.

  • Jeremy Gentry

    Freakin Awesome!