Android Ice Cream Sandwich nears release: phones will be able to install Honeycomb apps

Android Ice Cream Sandwich nears release: phones will be able to install Honeycomb apps
Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is the upcoming major redefinition of Google’s mobile platform and while we don’t know what it will look like, we already know that ICS will run on all kinds of screen sizes - from small to large and covering everything in between. Thanks to a post on Android Developers, we also have a pretty good idea of how apps will behave in ICS with the biggest change coming to Honeycomb apps which devs are adviced to make compatible with smaller screen sizes in a single APK.

Basically, this puts an end to the confusion whether an app would or wouldn’t work on a handset. Since ICS is compatible with both phones and tablets, a developer having a Honeycomb-only app would have to redesign it so it starts supporting smaller screens as well. There’s also the option of preventing installation on smaller screens, but it’s not advisable.

Judging by the recommendations laid out in the post, a common way to change apps from tablet-only to compatible with smaller screens would be cutting down multi-pane layouts into single pane. There are a couple of more technical tips into making the app work, but we won’t go into that much details. Suffice to say, that with ICS you’ll have just one app in a single APK making app hunting easier on the user side and app promotion easier for devs.



1. ilia1986 unregistered

I was beginning to get excited about this.. Until I remembered I own an iPhone 4.. Screw you Crapple!!!

2. theBankRobber unregistered

I wonder what phones will be left out of getting this update, after putting gingerbread on my EVO 4g I get those random HTC sense restarts. Just 30 more days to my upgrade.

9. OregonDroid unregistered

My EVO was giving me HTC sense restarts ALL the time. I've had it since July 2010 and have had numerous upgrades since then (froyo and gingerbread) as well as installing and uninstalling tons of apps. I recently did a hard reset and my phone is AMAZING now. I highly recommend doing this, especially after upgrading to a new OS. It's very easy to back up all of your contacts and such by using your google account. Restoring everything is efforless and speedy. Now my phone is lightning fast and good as new. Hope this helps.

3. android_hitman unregistered

every phone from this moment untill this baby is released. but that's why we have XDA :D

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

xda is my buddy.

5. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

This is simple get an Nexus phone. And you be the first or the one of the first to get Ice Cream Sandwich or go get the rom. Its that simple Think Indifferent

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Because of xda, I don't need a Nexus phone. The rooting aspect of has really become user friendly. There are so many videos on & the steps xda are actually very easy to follow. It's like cooking. If you can follow a recipe then you can cook. The same for rooting. If you can follow steps then you can root. I will be one of the very first people with Android Ice Cream Sandwich on my HTC Evo 3D. I can't wait. xda is very, very nice! lol Google Body on my phone will be awesome!

7. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

Even better just please no more Iphonies.

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