ASUS rocks the Android 3.2 update with the Eee Pad Transformer

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The Android 3.2 platform adds several new capabilities to the Android platform for both users and developers. It includes a series of refinements across the system so that user experiences on the tablets are improved, a compatibility display mode, and much more.

The compatibility display mode offers a pixel-scaled alternative to standard UI stretching so users can view their apps on larger devices without compromising on quality quite so much. Users can also load media files directly from their SD cards to apps that use them with the new media sync from SD card, and there is also extended screen support API for developers.

ASUS have taken full advantage of the compatibility display mode to ensure that smartphone apps can be zoomed intelligently to the native display resolution. This is a really big deal for me, and I am sure many of you will agree. As the Android tablets are only just starting to filter into the market, the majority of the apps on Android Market (well, the ones I like, anyway) tend to be for the smartphone and look awful on my Eee Pad Transformer.

This feature means that those apps that I love will look as good on my Transformer screen as they do on a smartphone screen. This is good news. I had to really suffer through hideous resolution and it hurt.

The next big feature that ASUS has implement and, once again, a feature that is something of a stroke of genius, is the multi-gesture touchpad AND touchscreen.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Thanks to the combination of ASUS ingenuity and Android updating, the Eee Pad Transformer will allow you to use the keyboard dock touchpad in the same way as the multi-touch display. This feature is unique to ASUS and will make your user experience utterly cohesive.

Sometimes leaping from the keyboard to the screen is a tad counter-intuitive, so this additional modification will work with your instincts to really smooth out your experience. The multi-gesture touchpad and touchscreen functions of the Eee Pad Transformer are a touch (haha) of genius.

So, when can you expect to see these new features and modifications? The date is still under discussion but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.

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  • Matthias De Blaiser

    Date under discussion? I’m downloading it now…

  • Gvs

    Asus Transformer Rocks!

  • Gvs

    Asus Transformer Rocks!

  • DariuszM

    why don’t you write about unwelcome changes like ridiculous new cursor – nobody like the circle – mouse pointer was a lot better, the screen is brighter in the lowest brightness settings – Asus – please allow people to go back to good old features…
    If something works and people dont complain – dont try to make it better – it will always end up worse than used to be!

  • Anonymous

    @twitter-249656901:disqus  i agree with you. The new mouse pointer is stupid. Also these wonderful multitouch trackpad features are way to sensitive, the screen zooms while i try and scroll, scrolling is the wrong way round and it has borked the abilitiy for me to use my remote desktop app. So bad is that last bit when i press the arrow keys on the keyboard all i get are the numbers as if i pressed them on a normal numberpad with numbsrlock on.

    One thing i wish they would fix is speed of entering text while in the browser. T yping this with the on screen keyboard is so painfully slow.

  • Hayden Burgess

    i love the transformer but after the 3.2 update it switches on but the screen goes black and i cant use it

  • Anonymous

    Official reply from ASUS:

    Prior to the release of Android 3.2, Google did not support
    touchpad functionality by default so we implemented our own touchpad software
    in the Transformer, which included an mouse cursor for both touchpad and mouse.
    After the success of the Transformer launch, Google warmed to the addition of
    the touchpad and has subsequently decided to include touchpad support natively
    to its latest 3.2 release. In order to provide a similar touchscreen
    experience, Google decided the touchpad should mimic that of a touchscreen
    device, where you drag your finger down to move the screen up, and vice versa.
    Regarding the change of the mouse cursor, the circle cursors were implemented
    to simulate finger placement on screen as Android apps are touch-focused, which
    combined with the new zooming capabilities of Android 3.2, both should give a
    more natural user experience. We are still addressing feedback with Google and
    working on alternatives requested.