Verizon XOOM Tablet gets Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update Starting today

Verizon XOOM gets Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update Starting today

Google has announced the release of Android 3.1 and it’s available for Verizon customers starting today, According to Google the new update brings range of improvements including  resizeable widgets, and a new host mode that will let you import photos to your tablet directly from your digital camera, and take advantage of a “ridiculous” number of USB devices.

The Update will also bring Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controllers and a new Books app, a new video editing app dubbed Movie Studio, and updated versions of most of Google’s main apps, including a “faster” web browser with a new Quick Controls menu.  It’s also expected that the OS will be hitting Google TV sometime “this summer”.

Unfortunately it is still unknown when the Update will be delivered for Tablets other than XOOM running on Honeycomb but Google says that Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be getting the update in the “next couple of weeks.”.

Improvements at a look:

  • Open Accessory API. This new API provides a way for Android applications to integrate and interact with a wide range of accessories such as exercise equipment, robotics systems, and many others.
  • USB host API. On devices that support USB host mode, applications can now manage connected USB peripherals such as audio devices. input devices, communications devices, and more.
  • Input from mice, joysticks, and gamepads. Android 3.1 extends the input event system to support a variety of new input sources and motion events such as from mice, trackballs, joysticks, gamepads, and others.
  • Resizable Home screen widgets. Developers can now create Home screen widgets that are resizeable horizontally, vertically, or both.
  • Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) Applications can now receive notifications when external cameras are attached and removed, manage files and storage on those devices, and transfer files and metadata to and from them.
  • Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) API for audio. Developers can directly manage on-demand or interactive data streaming to enable VOIP, push-to-talk, conferencing, and audio streaming.

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