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Pixel density hack changes your Honeycomb tablet interface to Gingerbread

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Pixel density hack changes your Honeycomb tablet interface to Gingerbread
Ha! Honeycomb might be designed by Google specifically for tablets, but it seems that Google has the Android Gingerbread interface hidden underneath as this hack easily turns your Honeycomb tablet into one running the Gingerbread UI. All that’s required is root access and an app allowing you to change the LCD Density setting (such as the recommended LCDDensity for Root), which seems to be the trigger feature for the interfaces.

After getting root access, finding and changing the pixel density to 170 or higher and rebooting afterwards would take you to the Gingerbread UI, more common on phones. Reverting back to Honeycomb is as easy as editing the pixels per inch to 160 or less and reboot the device. After all, it seems that Google might have not exactly taken a ground-up approach when building its tablet-optimized user interface, doesn’t it? Check out the video demonstration below for yourself and don’t hesitate let us know which one you prefer and why.

source: Android Community

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posted on 20 May 2011, 09:00

2. jop1n1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Oct 2008)


Does this mean there could be an update for any android phone to Honeycomb? Maybe keeping the gingerbread interface but getting some tweaks under the hood...

posted on 20 May 2011, 10:46

3. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


there are already plenty of roms out there that integrate looks and other things from the honeycomb OS. kind of interesting though. Makes me wonder if Honeycomb is just a highly specialized launcher now.

posted on 20 May 2011, 17:03 3

5. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


okay... so basically honeycomb is a reskinned gingerbread... so much for from the ground up google...

posted on 21 May 2011, 01:58 1

6. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 129; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


It definately isn't gingerbread. It's the UI which gets changed by the pixel density. NOT THE OS!
Im sure if he goes back to check the version of ths OS, it still says 3.1

posted on 21 May 2011, 16:52 1

9. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


im sure it does to, but really, it just shows they didnt redo it as much as they told us they did...

posted on 21 May 2011, 02:07 1

7. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 129; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


Also, it looks like this is a hacked honeycomb rom running on top of FROYO. Dell streak 7 ships with a Froyo, remember? The notification bar proves that its froyo not gingerbread. Google is definately not to be blamed.

posted on 21 May 2011, 08:06

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


well this may be related to whats being talked about the merge of mobile and tablet into one big project, and this just means the OS is trying to figure out if is on a tablet or on a phone witch could means the OS can tell the apps how to adapt to everything by being able to adapt by itself

and "ground work"? you ever believed that bs? companies tell you they make stuff from the ground just to sound pretty when talking

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