Android 3.2 update begins to roll out for Xoom tablet

The next version of Google's popular Android operating system that is made specifically for tablets devices should be released this week for at least one product. News.com reports that owners of the Motorola Xoom tablet should get an automatic update to the 3.2 version of the "Honeycomb" operating system very soon. The Xoom will be the first product that will get the 3.2 update. Other tablets should start receiving the 3.2 update in the next few weeks, according to another article on the Digitimes web site.

The 3.2 version of the operating system will have a number of new features including a new mode for viewing apps that will "zoom to fill" the screen instead of stretching the app. According to a post on the Android developers web site, the new mode " ... runs your app in an emulated normal/mdpi screen (approximately 320dp x 480dp) and scales that up to fill the screen---imagine viewing your app at the size of a phone screen then zooming in about 200 (percent)."

Other new features included in the 3.2 update include better support for tablets that have 7 inch screens, full support for tablets that have SD card slots and more support for tablets that have Qualcomm-based processors inside. Digitimes also indicates that the 3.2 version will include improved "compatibility of Android-based applications, hardware acceleration capabilities and upgrade functions including Movie Studio, Movies, Music, and Widget." Other upcoming tablets that will have Android 3.2 inside include the Asustek Eee Pad MeMO, the Acer Iconia Tab A100, and the Huawei MediaPad.

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Ok one other thing... what is the capacity for the Xoom Wifi? On the site it says up to 32GB of space. I called to get a straight answer and I was shocked that they gave me the same answer. WTF? You are selling one device for for one price, and they could not tell me how much space it has on their site? Amazon has the Xoom wifi with 32GB. I feel like I'm in the twilight Zone in a world that can not give me a straight answer for a finite object that is on sale... it is not a cracker jack box for goodness sake... anyone?

mranderson1st said,
Ok one other thing... what is the capacity for the Xoom Wifi? On the site it says up to 32GB of space. I called to get a straight answer and I was shocked that they gave me the same answer. WTF? You are selling one device for for one price, and they could not tell me how much space it has on their site? Amazon has the Xoom wifi with 32GB. I feel like I'm in the twilight Zone in a world that can not give me a straight answer for a finite object that is on sale... it is not a cracker jack box for goodness sake... anyone?

I can confirm it's 32 gigs. My wife and I each have one of the WIFI's :-)

Still waiting for 3.1 on my Iconia.

Will Every V3 release hold the name Honeycomb unlike V2 which changes with each release?

can any one confirm that the microSD works now with the update??? This was my main hold out reason... I will buy this weekend if someone with a Xoom and the 3.2 can confirm the micoSD is working now.

mranderson1st said,
can any one confirm that the microSD works now with the update??? This was my main hold out reason... I will buy this weekend if someone with a Xoom and the 3.2 can confirm the micoSD is working now.

It's working as far as it mounts (under external1) and can be read from, for some reason it's not writable to...yet.

Wiggz said,
Can us UK peeps please have a 3.1 update first!!!!! Just saying Moto you absolute nonces!

Why not just install the US firmware? Then you'll start getting updates at the same time as the people in the US.

jeston said,

Why not just install the US firmware? Then you'll start getting updates at the same time as the people in the US.

Strange you say that - I've just done that after reading only the US device is a GED....me waiting patiently like a loser....thanks Moto...Thanks a bunch!

I have a nook color with cyanogen, and i haven't ever had a problem with the scaling of phone applications
what is this update about?

fehu said,
I have a nook color with cyanogen, and i haven't ever had a problem with the scaling of phone applications
what is this update about?

it also brings official support for the SD card slot.
Also the Nook Color has a much smaller screen so the problem wouldn't be as evident.

fehu said,
I have a nook color with cyanogen, and i haven't ever had a problem with the scaling of phone applications
what is this update about?

there's a small portion of app that is developed for 1.5 that cannot scale properly.

Since those Android version are 2 years old now and only 4.2% most of the dev don't bother with them.

1.6 and above can add a single lines to resolve this problem
for those apps you have the "shoebox effect"

Awesome! I think the iPad's giant grid of icons looks silly for a tablet. IMHO, Android is much better than iOS on tablets. I think Android 3.x tablets are the only ones worth anything right now.

Hum, for some reason I didn't think you could update from gingerbread to honeycomb. Kind of like not being able to update from WP6.1 to WP7. Guess I was wrong?

no-sweat said,
Hum, for some reason I didn't think you could update from gingerbread to honeycomb. Kind of like not being able to update from WP6.1 to WP7. Guess I was wrong?

No, you cant update from gingerbread to HoneyComb atleast for now.
This is an update for HC 3.1-->3.2

no-sweat said,
Hum, for some reason I didn't think you could update from gingerbread to honeycomb. Kind of like not being able to update from WP6.1 to WP7. Guess I was wrong?

Honeycomb is for Tablets only. There'll be Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades though (Well, certain phones anyway).

presence06 said,
a little late to the party are we? This was released already on Tuesday.. just saying.

Like always.....