Android 3.2 adds zoom view for non-Honeycomb apps

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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14 Comments

1. dd unregistered

XOOM zoom!

2. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Is this the innovating you fandroids are talking about?

3. cheetah2k

Posts: 2159; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

4. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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

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.

7. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

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.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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?

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

What about the other honeycomb tablets??

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

they will get updated

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

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