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Apps on Android tablets will look just fine…for the most part [OPINION]

September 18, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Android OS, Tablets


There has been some talk since the U.S. unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Tab that Android apps on tablets will not look very good. The “made for a phone” apps will appear pixelated or disturbed when forced to upscale for the 7-inch screens according to some tech analysts and commentators, but that’s not likely to be much of a concern, despite Google’s doubts about Android’s readiness for tablets.

After playing with several pre-loaded apps at the Galaxy Tab press event on September 16, I noticed that all of them were displayed without issue. In fact, it was the exact opposite of naysayers concerns; Gmail, the Android Market, Yelp, and Aldiko all looked better on the 7-inch Tab than they do on my 4.3-inch EVO. Yes, there will be plenty of apps that look awful on the screen but there will be plenty that look incredible.

But don’t just take my word for it; Android Developer Advocate Tim Bray offered the following tweet on this issue yesterday:

Apps that “shoeboxed” on the #galaxytab ( are getting fixed at an amazing rate.

Bray went on to explain that Android developers can make their apps display appropriately by adjusting for density and screen size. Developers should read the article and update their apps in time for the Galaxy Tab’s pending launch. They have a chance to do some really great things with this new screen size.

Don’t think that all Android apps will scale perfectly and look great, because that is definitely not the case. However, I’m confident that plenty of developers will work to make sure their apps and games look good on the 1024 x 600 resolution. The iPad launched with thousands of popular apps that looked like nothing more than an assembly of poorly-grouped pixels. Then developers soon retooled apps in “HD” versions that took advantage of the increased screen size. Android developers will likely follow suit.