It was the MediaPad that everyone had expected would steal the show at the Singapore launch event that the company had planned. However, while the MediaPad was a pleasant surprise in the form of a feature laden 7 inch tablet, the other aspect of the launch that is also turning out to be equally interesting is the announcement of a new Android version in the form of Android 3.2. Surely, the latest Android version has been a stunner and came at a time when anything like it was completely unexpected. So much that the new Android version has become as much a hot topic of discussion as the first tablet that it will be seen rendering service in.
So what is this Android 3.2 thing all about?
As has already been stated, Android 3.2 is the newest addition to the Android 3.0 series that was revealed at the beginning of this year and is the sequel to Android 3.1 launched just weeks ago. Also, there is every reason to believe Android 3.2 will be the last that we will have before Android Ice Cream Sandwich takes center stage.
Also, as we know already, Android 3.2 has been designed to provide the same levels of Android experience in smaller 7 inch sized tablets as Android 3.1 brings about in bigger 10.1 inchers.
Apart from this, support for Qualcomm processor is another prominent feature of 3.2, which will be in addition to nVIDIA Tegra 2 processors that has been almost the exclusive processor in 10.1 Honeycomb tablets. This is an interesting development as it will make it easier for HTC to include the latest Honeycomb onto their 7 inch Flyer tablet PC that also has a Qualcomm heart.
Then the new Android also comes along with the usual upgrades that any new iteration of existing software would usually have on offer, like fixes for known bugs along with better hardware acceleration. Then there also are updates to Movie Studio, Movies, Music, and widgets.
All in all, a nice development over Android 3.1, before Ice Cream Sandwich comes along with support for both 7 and 10 inch tablets alike. Also, no doubt the new Android will provide a fresh impetus to the launch of 7 inch tablets that until now were often considered as nothing but oversized smartphones.