Motorola Xoom Android 3.2 Honeycomb update to release soon with LTE support
Google has started rolling out version 3.2 of its Android Honeycomb mobile operating system with the Motorola Xoom becoming the first device to sport the refreshed tablet centric OS. Late on Tuesday a small percentage of Xoom owners started to report the Android version upgrade had appeared on their device, so it looks like Google is aiming to trickle this one out slowly.
The FCC has gotten their hands on the LTE module bound for Verizon customers’ Xooms. With the FCC’s seal of approval out of the way it should be no time before customers are alerted of the opportunity to send their Xooms in for the update. WiFi Xoom owners also have something to look forward to as updates are going out to small batches of devices with the latest release from the Android labs.
Bringing a few minor improvements to the current Honeycomb 3.1 operating system, the new software boasts a new zoom feature that allows users to run smartphone scaled apps full screen on their tablet. Improved music and movie widgets also land alongside compatibility for 7-inch tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
This comes after Google has open-sourced the parts of this update that are covered by the GPL license. Don’t get too excited, this doesn’t mean that you’ll soon see developers tinkering around with Honeycomb code (the way they do with Gingerbread, for example). That’s simply since they still don’t have access to the majority of it. That, of course, is nothing unexpected. After all, Google has previously said that it won’t fully open-source Honeycomb. Android Ice Cream will be open-sourced however, just like phone-focused versions of the OS have always been. And that will be the first version of Android to run on tablets that will be open-sourced.
So that clears that up. As for the 3.2 update, it will bring Xoom owners in the US the ability to finally use the tablet’s microSD slot, which was dormant up until now. European Xooms had this introduced in their Android 3.1 update, but the functionality was left out of the North American Android 3.1 update for some reason.
It’s weird to think that it has been almost 4 months since the Motorola Xoom first came out and has not had SD card support all this time. One of the boons has been people discovering cloud storage options that they would not normally have ventured throughout the internet to find, had they not needed a workable storage solution.
Android 3.2 is also the first version of Honeycomb to support screen resolutions lower than 1280×800, at least according to Huawei. The Chinese giant is getting ready to introduce its MediaPad 7-inch tablet that will run this version of the software. Previous versions were only optimized for the 1280×800 resolution that all current 10-inch tablets sport.