While Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 users may not be happy about their upcoming OTA update, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer users have something to celebrate. This is one of the most exciting tablets around–due mostly to its affordability and beautiful keyboard dock– but it’s about to get even better. ASUS has just announced via their Twitter account that the Transformer will be getting an update to Android 3.2 tomorrow, July 28.
Android 3.2 Honeycomb features:
- Optimizations for a wider range of tablets – Android 3.2 includes a variety of optimizations across the system to ensure a great user experience on a wider range of tablet devices.
- Compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps – Android 3.2 introduces a new compatibility zoom mode that gives users a new way to view fixed-sized apps on larger devices. The new mode provides a pixel-scaled alternative to the standard UI stretching for apps that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes, such as on tablets. The new mode is accessible to users from a menu icon in the system bar, for apps that need compatibility support.
- Media sync from SD card – On devices that support an SD card, users can now load media files directly from the SD card to apps that use them. A system facility makes the files accessible to apps from the system media store.
Since you already have a tablet, Transformer owners will mostly only worry about the second and third features. The most exciting is the new zooming feature. This will get rid of those weird looking apps that were not optimized for tablets. The huge blank space and tiny icons have become quite annoying.
Don’t forget to check for updates from time to time tomorrow. Just go to Settings > About Tablet > System Update > Check Update, and that should do the trick. Try to control the Check Update fever, though; we know how things get when an update is announced.
We’re quite surprised with ASUS. Despite their lack of prestige in the Android world, they have been working hard to keep this tablet up-to-date. Keep it up, ASUS! Keep us happy and we’ll continue using your products! Are you guys excited about this one? Let us know how the update treats you after you get it. I’ll be posting a comment or two once I receive my update to Android 3.2, so meet me in the comment section!