Following the Android 3.2 update that began rolling out to Wi-Fi Xoom modelsa few days ago, Google has now released the Android 3.2 SDK into the wild, adding a number of new features whilst bumping the API level from 12 to 13 following the introduction of some API changes.
The most noticeable changes to Honeycomb in this update include:
- Optimizations for a wider range of tablets
- Compatibility zoom for fixed size apps, which 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 cards, allowing users to load media directly from an SD card to applications which use them
The new platform can be downloading using the Android SDK Manager, so if you’re a developer then get going!
Today we are announcing the Android 3.2 platform, an incremental release that adds several new capabilities for users and developers. The new platform includes API changes and the API level is 13.
Here are some of the highlights of Android 3.2:
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.
For a complete overview of what’s new in the platform, see the Android 3.2 Version Notes.
Visit the Android Developers site for more information about Android 3.2 and other platform versions. To get started developing or testing on the new platform, you can download it into your SDK using the Android SDK Manager.