20
Jun
7-inchtablets

When Huawei announced the new 7-inch MediaPad Honeycomb tablet this morning, chaos confusion ensued. The device runs Android 3.2, a new build of Honeycomb that nobody outside Google or Huawei seemed to have seen before. It didn't help that Huawei was quite secretive about what additions the new OS brought (other than support for 7-inch tablets and a new version number).

Well now, thanks to the folks at This is my next, we have a better idea of what's new, though it's important to keep in mind that this information is still very much a rumor, albeit one allegedly confirmed with three separate tipsters.

With that in mind, there don't appear to be many changes in 3.2. In fact, aside from the 7-inch tablet support, the most notable new feature is support for dual-core Qualcomm chips; apparently, Android 3.0/3.1 only supported the NVIDIA Tegra 2. There are also a few minor alterations, including a much-needed update to the Movie Studio app (the Movies and Music applications will also see an update, as will some widgets), as well as bug fixes and improved hardware acceleration.

In spite of what you might have assumed from Huawei's announcement, the update will be rolling out to 10.1" tablets like the XOOM as well as 7-inchers such as the HTC Flyer. Unfortunately, ETAs are anyone's guess at this point (though This is my next is hearing that the XOOM will get it within a few weeks) - especially if your tablet has a custom UI like HTC's Sense.

Source: This is my next

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Brendon

    Coming weeks with the xoom, really glad I picked up the xoom

    • SiliconAddict

      There's one............

  • AshV

    "the update will be rolling out to 10.1" tablets like the XOOM" Unless you're non US then you will have to wait several months.

    • Philip Blair

      I think that months may well prove to be generous if 2.2 and 2.3 updates are anything to go by(2.3 is still a rarity in the UK).

    • http://stuarthalliday.com Stuart Halliday

      Good
      Let others find the bugs before we get them. :)

  • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

    HTC has Honeycomb tablets with Sense UI?

    My guess is that 3.2 won't really have any big new features, but adds more device type support and is therefore a stepping stone on the way to ice cream sandwich.

  • chiDan

    This should really help out the developers with the dell streak 7. I know they got honeycomb 3.1 running on it but there clearly are issues with the screen resolution. (Icons outside the screen in the desktop/menu. since it wasn't designed for a 7 inch screen.)

    • UnTitleD

      Dell Streak 7 running resolution of 800 x 480, but others like on galaxy tab and flyer 1024 x 600, do not generalize 7inch screen.

      And to the author, honeycomb APPARENTLY do not care which processor it's running on, and this is an alpha version of spacemoose1 port of honeycomb to galaxy tab. And it is still lacking hardware acceleration(which is coming soon, it's not because honeycomb don't run on anything other than tegra2)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0EYVZxoVQg

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

        Uh, that's an unofficial port that was optimized for the Galaxy Tab and its Hummingbird processor by a third-party dev. APPARENTLY, sir, support was not built into the OS.

  • FtBastrd2

    uk xoom wifi's are still waiting for 3.1. i doubt 3.2 will be 'within a few weeks' for us

  • Rodger

    Got my update @ 1:00pm on 7/15/11. Works great, now I can use my SD.

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