Monday, July 11, 2011

New Honeycomb Release Will Bring A New Mode for Apps on Large Screens

Android Development
Android developer blog just published that an upcoming update fro honeycomb will bring a new screen compatibility mode to make few apps that does not behave properly on larger screen tablets.
We are just getting into Honeycomb development and hope to learn more about issues like this because one of our apps did not scale well on the larger screen (The app itself was not done properly in the first place, but we are on the path to make better apps.). According the article;

Beginning with the upcoming release, any app that does not target Android 3.0 (set either android:minSdkVersion or android:targetSdkVersion to “11” or higher) or does not explicitly set android:xlargeScreens="true" in the element will include a button in the system bar that, when touched, allows users to select between two viewing modes on large-screen devices

But not all need the compatibility mode, like apps that were designed for Android 3.0 and declare the either android:minSdkVersion or android:targetSdkVersion with a value of “11” or greater. These will scale well on larger and xtra larger screens. Like my Asus EEE Pad Transformer.

Android Developers Blog: New Mode for Apps on Large Screens


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