Google announced the launch of the SDK (software development kit, which is used by developers to create applications for the platform) for Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the latest version of Android for tablets. The focus of the new Android 3.2 SDK seems to be compatibility and optimization for a range of form factors. The API level of the new SDK has been upped to 13.
Here are some of the highlights of the Android 3.2 SDK:
Optimizations for a wider range of tablets:
The new release includes a variety of optimizations to ensure a consistent user experience over a range of tablets.
Compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps:
The compatibility zoom mode will allow users to view fixed size apps on tablets in a pixel scaled mode, as opposed to complete UI stretching. This should help a bit, until more Honeycomb apps are created.
Media sync from SD card:
Users can now load media files directly from the SD card to apps that use them.
Extended screen support API:
Extended screen support seems to be a major step towards application compatibility between smartphones and tablets which is expected in Android Ice Cream Sandwich. It will enable developers to control the look of their apps on various screen sizes, along with the compatibility zoom mode.
Some of the standard resolutions that can be supported are: 320 x 480, 480 x 800, 600 x 1024 and 800 x 1280 pixels.