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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