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Android 3.2 adds zoom view for non-Honeycomb apps

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Android 3.2 adds zoom view for non-Honeycomb apps
Given that the vast majority of apps that run on Android tablets are actually designed to run on phones, having a good way to upsize the app to run on a tablet's higher resolution is very important. So far, Android Honeycomb has only stretched phone apps to fit the higher-res screens of tablets, but it looks like the next update, Android 3.2, is going to add a new option: zoom mode.

Android 3.2 adds zoom view for non-Honeycomb apps
The new option will live in the system tray to allow users to easily switch back and forth between zoom and stretch view modes. Normally, with the stretch mode, the layout of the app will be stretched to fit the screen, often leaving big swaths of empty space. The idea behind zoom mode is that it will run the phone app in an emulated screen at normal/MDPI resolution (320x480), then zoom in 200%. Of course, this can lead to pixelation, so we'll have to see it in action before reserving judgement on how it works. 

[stretch mode on left, zoom mode on right]
Android 3.2 adds zoom view for non-Honeycomb apps

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posted on 11 Jul 2011, 16:15

1. dd (unregistered)


XOOM zoom!

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 19:59

2. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Is this the innovating you fandroids are talking about?

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 20:49 1

3. cheetah2k (Posts: 837; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Man, everytime I see "taco50" I get hungry for some beef tortillas......

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 21:18 2

4. E.N. (Posts: 2336; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Zoom Mode! I'm so excited! Let's go 3.2

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 00:00 1

6. ilia1986 (unregistered)


No taco. It's the on-screen widgets, support for USB, SD cards, and peripherals, on-screen mouse, external non-bluetooth keyboard, live wallpapers, that we're talking about.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 00:49

7. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Which one of those is new? You listed hardware, widgets and live wall paper. Really?? Live wallpaper?! What functionality does that add?

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 03:21 1

8. LOL (unregistered)


Sure, live wallpapers aren't very functional...but at least we can have them. :3c

It's just another thing that Android can do that Apple could also do...but just thinks their fans are too stupid to use. Please don't prove them right.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 09:16

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


how about USB hosting? or NFC payments?or NFC sharing of places and other stuff? but what about the link to house appliances that's also planed?

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 17:47

12. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I wouldn't call that innovation since it's not like android came up with it, but they are nice features to have.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 20:23

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Don't think Google stayed that they came up with this ideas. Its your response to what's said about android not having nice innovative features on their updates that I'm talking about. Also I bet you can count with your fingers the number of non android smartphones in the US or Europe holding those features and having "fairly massive sales ". I liked that honeycomb has being trying to take some netbook space by adding features one wishes to have on a portable device, so when tablets have a decent number of apps they will be much better

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 09:09

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


enough to have your time on this article... can can you tell us what innovation its all about?

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 23:17

5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1949; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


What about the other honeycomb tablets??

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 09:07

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


they will get updated

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 21:19

14. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6581; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I still like to know how come portable phones don't get Honeycomb and Tablet have Honeycomb? just wondering

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