Jul 12, 2011
Android tablet owners will soon get a respite from unoptimized tablet apps in Android 3.2, as Google is introducing a new display feature. Previously, apps would just run displayed in fullscreen; this was a problem for apps that were designed for small phone resolutions, when they were filling out entire screen, some graphical elements did not display properly. Starting in 3.2, tablets can now render apps at approximately 320×480 resolution, and then be scaled to fill the entire screen. If a developer has an app that works properly at tablet resolution, they can disable this mode as well, according to the Android Developers’ Blog. This functionality is similar to how the iPad currently handles non-iPad apps, although the ability to force them to run at 1024×768 resolution can be enabled through jailbreak extensions. While apps may not be much better to use with this feature, games should benefit from this ability to scale. There is some definite loss of visual fidelity with the scaling, but for tablet owners, this should help expand the number of usable apps for them.