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Android 3.1 = Tablets That Rock

By Will Park - Thu, Jun 9, 2011

Honeycomb just got even better with the Android 3.1 update. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this version of Android tick and how it’s a major step forward for Honeycomb tablets like the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola XOOM and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Google is always working to tweak and improve the Android OS experience, and we’re seeing the fruits of that labor with Android 3.1. With boosted 3D graphics performance, hardware acceleration for Adobe Flash, snazzy new homescreen widgets and support for USB peripherals (like cameras and game controllers), the new update will make that Honeycomb tablet of yours rock!

So, what can you expect in Android 3.1 for your Honeycomb tablet?

Faster, smoother UI
You’ll notice that the entire OS runs smoother and faster. Android 3.1 further improves responsiveness and transitions, so scrolling and transition animations are smoother. Switching between apps and swiping through the homescreen is faster and more responsive. Menu interactions are also more responsive, lending to a more cohesive Android experience on your tablet.

Up to 30 percent better 3D graphics performance
The Android 3.1 update boasts 3D graphics performance by 30 percent. That means you’ll see higher frame rates in 3D games and a richer gaming experience with Tegra-optimized gaming titles.

Hardware accelerated Adobe Flash content
Android Honeycomb has full support for Adobe Flash. Google and Adobe engineers further optimized Android 3.1 and Flash Player 10.3 to deliver the kind of Flash experience you expect on your desktop.

Support for USB peripherals
Android 3.1 also supports USB On-The-Go (OTG) protocol. So, you can connect accessories like keyboards, mice, cameras and even joysticks and gamepads to your Honeycomb tablet.


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