Google Introducing "zoom to fill" option on a 'near-future' version of Honeycomb

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  1. wicked

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    It’s no secret that Android tablets are lacking in the optimized application department with current numbers for optimized Honeycomb applications hovering around 250-300 in number. And it doesn’t help that the rest of the applications, the ones designed for phones, often look and behave terrible. Well, to combat that, Google has announced that it will optimize those phone apps better using something called ‘zoom’ mode, a feature that will likely be coming in Android 3.2.


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    Right now, phone apps on Honeycomb tablets run in ‘stretch’ mode but owners will, after the update to Android 3.2 (Google says ‘upcoming’ update but it will be Android 3.2), will be able to switch between stretch and zoom modes.

    Zoom mode is going to emulate a normal/mdpi screen and then scale up to the point that it fills the screen.

    If you’re wondering how that looks, here is a before and after image:

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    I feel this should have been available from the get-go and still does not remedy the fact that there are a minimal amount of tablet optimized applications on the Android Market right now. But an improvement nonetheless right? ;)


    Source: ThisIsMyNext via Android Developers Blog

     
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    Just one more reason to invest in a new tablet during the next quarter. Wish there was something like this around for Gingerbread.
     

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