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Beginning Android 4 by Grant Allen

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Chapter 26

Focusing on Tablets and Larger UIs

February 2011 saw the introduction of Android 3.0 and a UI paradigm that embraced screens of radically larger size than the traditional phones for which earlier versions of Android had been designed. Fast-forward to October 2011, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) has been released, unifying the tablet-specific Honeycomb UI system from Android 3.0 with the mainstream Android code base. The move to embrace tablets, and indeed larger devices such as televisions, cinema displays, and so forth, presents the biggest single change in Android since Android 0.9, before the first phones were available.

Whether to consider tablet devices when designing and building Android applications is a matter of ...

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