Details on Android 3.2 Emerge, Google’s Newest Honeycomb

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For a second it seemed like Huawei might just have been confused. When the company announced its upcoming MediaPad tablet, it listed the operating system as Android 3.2. This seemed strange considering Google had not mentioned the OS and nobody knew anything about it — until now.

Android LogoWhile the official word has yet to come from Google, inside sources have released several important notes on the upgrade to 3.2, which will supposedly be the last entry in the Honeycomb dynasty before Ice Cream Sandwich begins its cold reign at the end of 2011.

Android 3.2 is most notable for taking a big step toward reducing Android fragmentation. It will run on a range of screen sizes, which should be a boon to 7-inch tablet makers who are still relying on 2.x versions of Android, finding Honeycomb a difficult beast to wrangle into a 7-inch package (see: the HTC Flyer, featuring Android 2.3).

The other big change is another piece of added hardware compatibility. Android 3.2 will be able to run on devices sporting Qualcomm processors, like the MediaPad. Previous versions of Honeycomb have been limited to NVIDIA Tegra 2 chips.

Other than those compatibility changes, the upgrade to 3.2 will also deliver some bug fixes, updates to widgets and some standard Android apps, and general hardware acceleration.

Current Honeycomb tablets will receive the update soon, and devices should begin shipping with the software in August, which fits with the anticipated Q3 launch of the Huawei MediaPad.

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