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Xoom toward Ice Cream Sandwich

Future versions of Android will be able to sense the environment they are installed on. If lets say Android 4.0 (  ice cream sandwitch ) finds itself running on a phone like the Nexus1 for example it will look similar to previous versions of Android, that is to say it will have the pull down bar at the top where you will find notifications etc, the start menu will be as expected just like other Android phones and as you would expect the whole thing will feel just like Android 2.3 or 2.4 to use.

 

None of this is very amazing at all is it? but then you take the very same Android 4.0 ( ice cream sandwitch ) and install it on to a decent size tablet like the Motorola Xoom and the whole experience comes out looking like the Xooms very own version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb !  All the tablet dual pane apps will be present and the lovely home screen layout and notifications change to just the way Android for tablets should look and feel.

So how does one single version of Android work out what device its installed on?  Well it could be that Android has a long list of devices stored in some xml file somewhere and just reacts to that when it decides how to present itself, it could but its not.. What it actually does it react to the screen resolution or .DPI to be exact.  If your set up sits at 240 .DPI as would be tha case in most phones that run Android your new Android 4.0 ICS will adapt and display as a phone, however as in the case of the Xoom with its .DPI set to 160 your all new Android 4.0 ICS will know it needs to look just like the Xoom and other Honeycomb devices always have, tablet Android !

So this is great for Google because they can stick to 1 version of Android as the developments go forward, they wont need 2 seperate lines of development  as is the case with current Honecomb for Tablet and Gingerbread for Phones builds. So just to prove how Google are making this happen i took my Motorola Xoom and installed Android 3.1 – its not available in my country yet  ( UK ) but there are ways to adapt the US version to run on the Uk Xoom, once installed i set out to change the screens .DPI using the great LCD Density Changer App available from the Android Market.  Here are the results.

Above you can see my Xoom with DPI set to 240 which is the same as a Nexus1 or even the good old G1, remember DPI isnt the same as screen size or resolution, here you can see the Xoom clearly looks like its running Gingerbread or Froyo…     Bellow is the very same Xoom moments later with the DPI set back to its native 160.DPI and it returns to the Tablet user interface.

 

So it seems Google have already made a good start with making one single build to run on both product groups, it all makes a lot of sense this way when you look at devices like the pad-phone which will have the OS running on the phone but display in an entirely different manner when plugged into the screen it comes with.

Asus Padphone 2 devices – one Android !!

 

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ashes to ashes

Have you ever looked at your nearly new smartphone only to find theres an unsightly lump of dust under  the glass touchscreen? I had exactly this happen to me last week and assumed i would have no problem getting Carphone Warehouse to do something about it. Only it was not going to be that easy at all !!

Okay the pic doesnt do justice to the unsightly nature of my dusty plume but anyway, the full story beging with an entirely different fault caused by myself when i accidently broke the hinge on the screen which meant i had to send my Desire-Z back to the store so they could get a repair centre to fix it, it wasnt a warranty repair as it was my fault and despite the phone only being 2 months old i paid good money to have that problem fixed.

a month and a half later my phone was missing and it seemed Carphone Warehouse had lost my beloved Desire-Z so with the promise of ‘no longer than a month’ from the store they offered me a replacement, i was happy enough with this as i thought i was getting a new replacement and a no stage was i told it was a refurbished phone they were about to give me to replace my now lost Desire-Z…  So home i went with my new second user Desire-z and to be honest i didnt think too much about it untill 2 weeks later when i started to see little bits of dust under the glass! Not happy with this i decided to return it to the store, after all this wasnt the fault my original phone suffered with so why should i accept it in replacement of my totally clean desire-z.

This is where things get silly !  Carphone warehouse tried to claim that i had done something to make the dust appear under the screen, then they said its not a warranty fault, then i got the ‘its not air tight design’ oh yeah and then i was told i could pay to have it fixed, hmmm  you can guess how i felt about that ! ..  So having discussed the situation with the branch manager who was not in the slightest bit helpful ( he actually hid out the back ) i had to leave the store with my dust filled Desire-z, still only 4 months old and still covered by manufacturers 12 month warranty – swapped for a refurb – now faulty Desire-z, and not a thing Carphone Warehouse can do – apparently !

I spend a silly amount of money at Carphone warehouse, i look around and see 3 tablets 12 htc phones and the contracts to go with, and once in all these years i ask for some help and i get turned away, whats most sickening is that the fault lies with a badly refurbished unit that i didnt ask for – it was only given to me as they lost my own Desire-z. I have nothing but bad feeling and disgust now when i think about carphone warehouse, utterly disgusting service.

I await HTCs response to see how they feel about Carphone warehouse sending out badly refurbished phones as replacements when they loose peoples phones in the system, and the deny all responsibility for the poor standards of work carried out , im pretty sure this isnt how HTC would see their own warranty system enforced..