As announced last month, Dell has began to deliver Android 3.2 Honeycomb updates to their Streak 7 Android tablet users. The Dell Streak 7 was launched earlier this year with Android 2.2 Froyo and to this day still sells with it. The Android 2.2 operating system is a non-tablet version of Google’s Android OS which was optimized for phones, not tablets. Once users update to Android 3.2, they should expect a brand new interface that is made for tablets making the experience a lot smoother.
Dell Streak 7 customers are saying that the update might be causing a few problems to system data (mainly to apps), some are stating that after updating to the new Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system, all their apps were deleted while others say that apps were all fine after they got upgraded to Android 3.2. Another difficulty, that can sadly not be avoided at this time, is how the low 800×480 resolution seems really cramped with the Android 3.2 interface for some people.
If you were one of the early buyers that got your hands on the Dell Streak 7, you might be wondering why it took Dell a long time to get this Honeycomb update out to you. Well, the main reason is that Google’s prior updates (Android 3.0 and 3.1 releases) were not optimized for tablets with low screen sizes and resolution like the Dell Streak 7. These updates were programmed for android tablets featuring 10 inch display and that had a 1280×800 resolution which is not the case with the Dell Streak 7, it has a 7-inch 800×480 display. Nevertheless, the recent release of Android 3.2 runs nicely on tablets like the Streak 7.
Here are the main upgraded features for the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update if we compare to the prior Android 3.0 and 3.1:
- Optimizations for a better range of android tablets: Android 3.2 has a variety of optimizations all around the system to ensure a better user experience on a huge range of tablet devices.
- Compatibility zoom for fixed sized apps: Android 3.2 brings a new compatibility zoom mode that brings a new way to view fixed sized apps on larger displays. This new mode gives a pixel-scaled alternative to the usual UI stretching for apps that are not programmed to launch on larger screen sizes used by tablets. The new mode is selectable by users from a menu icon in the system bar, for apps that need compatibility support.
- Media sync from SD card: On tablets that have SD card slots, customers can now load media files via the SD card to applications that use them. A system facility gives apps accessibility to the files via the system media store.
So if you are a Dell Streak 7 owner, make sure to upgrade to the latest Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system to get the most out of your tablet. Just make sure to always do a full system backup prio to updating just in case something goes wrong. Best be safe then sorry!
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