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Android apps on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

September 18th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

An analyst today agreed that Android Market apps running on the Galaxy Tab’s 7-in. screen with Android 2.2, also known as Froyo, won’t look good. Since Froyo was intended to be used on smartphones with smaller 3-to-4-in. screens, images on a tablet running Froyo will appear stretched or out of focus, pixilated or with jagged edges, said analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group.

If images will appear out of focus, I would suggest this analyst to get a new pair of glasses. A basic knowledge of Android OS also won’t hurt.

The Galaxy Tab has a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels, which is a little bigger than 800×480 of most modern smartphones. Not twice bigger, so there’s no need for higher resolution graphics. It will use the same (hdpi) UI graphics as in Nexus One, EVO or Galaxy S phones.

It’s important to understand that Android will not scale the entire screen image as on the iPad (this is also known as “pixel doubling”). The Android UI has a “fluid” design, like that on many web pages.

Just check out the image below:

Even if an app was not designed to support large screens, it won’t “look ugly”. It will be displayed in the middle of the screen surrounded with black borders. To fix this, developers should add the following string to the AndroidManifest.xml file:

supports-screens android:largeScreens=”true” android:anyDensity=”true” more…

Samsung will also provide has provided developers with custom AVD and skin as an SDK add-on. I don’t have it yet, but these screenshots below, taken from an emulator with a resolution of 1024×600, will give you an idea how Android apps will look like on the Galaxy Tab.

Tweet from the person who actually have the tablet:

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