This week, Eric presented Corona to the San Francisco Android User Group. It’s a pretty big group (80+) that meets near Ghirardelli Square, and I tagged along to help with Q&A. Also presenting were Martin Tannerfors and Hod Greeley from Samsung, showing off Samsung’s cool new Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab.
Even though the device was announced quite recently, support for the Galaxy Tab has become a much-requested feature from our users. It’s also my current favorite Android device — bigger than a phone, holdable in one hand, and highly polished in both hardware and customized UI. It’s shipping soon on all four U.S. carriers, so it should be pretty popular.
Of course, we already support Android 2.2, but what our users specifically want is a Corona Simulator preview of the Tab’s brand-new screen size (600 x 1024). So I’m sure you can guess which Corona feature we previewed at the meeting:
Better yet — during Eric’s talk, I snagged one of the two Tab demo units in the room. These are still pretty rare, so we had literally never tested Corona on one, and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity.
It’s always a bit dangerous to try a demo in public for the first time, but in front of the live audience I pulled down some Game Edition samples from the Ansca server and installed them over the web. They worked flawlessly, and scaled beautifully on the 7″ screen, so I can now report that I have personally verified Galaxy Tab compatibility in our product!