In the Android world, right now there are two versions of the operating system. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the latest version designed for phones, and Android 3.1 Honeycomb is the latest tablet-optimized release. However, it looks like the latter may not hold that title for long. Android 3.2, a new minor update to Honeycomb, may be released for the Motorola Xoom in a matter of days, if a comment by a Google employee is to be believed.
Said comment was made in the discussion thread for one Android issue at Google’s official bug tracker. The Googler’s comment in its entirety was:
“There should be a 3.2 update coming within days, and that should help those of you with the Xoom.”
So there you have it. Huawei may have been right after all about the imminent release of Android 3.2 that its upcoming MediaPad tablet will supposedly run.
Android 3.2 won’t bring any major new user-facing features, at least not that we know of right now. It will, however, apparently be the first Honeycomb version to fully support 7-inch tablets (or, better said, tablets with screen resolutions lower than 1280×800). It will also be the first Honeycomb build to support Qualcomm processors. Up until now Android Honeycomb tablets have all had 1280×800 screen resolution and used Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processors. So the new version will make room for some differentiation on the part of tablet manufacturers, and that can only be a good thing. Who knows, we may even see the HTC Flyer get updated to Honeycomb 3.2, since it has a Qualcomm processor and 1024×600 resolution. After all, HTC has promised an update to Honeycomb back when it launched the Flyer, but the reason why that hasn’t happened yet may just have become obvious.
While we can’t know for sure what will happen, let’s just wait a few days and see. Maybe Android 3.2 is closer than we ever thought.