Ice Cream Sandwich tablet interface found inside Galaxy Nexus

Ice Cream Sandwich tablet interface found inside Galaxy Nexus
So now that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been out for a whole day, obviously someone should have broken into it and found something cool by now. Michael Crider over at Android Community has done just that.

Crider states that when Google said that Ice Cream Sandwich would swap interfaces depending on the type of device it was running on, he got to thinking about the smartphone launcher that was found hidden in Honeycomb. After rooting his new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, he changed the LCD density to a lower value; in essence tricking the phone into thinking it had a ten-inch screen, and presto, a basic tablet interface running on a Galaxy Nexus.

While the trick works, the phone is pretty much unusable in this state, unless, as Crider says, you have “tiny fingers and amazing eyesight.” He does suggest that this could prove to be quite useful when using the phone with an external display such as a television or a projector.

There are more in-depth instructions on how to do this over at Android Community, but as he warns, the procedure gives you a good chance at breaking your new phone.




source: Android Community via SlashGear

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7 Comments

1. LewsTherin006

Posts: 140; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

This is pretty cool, at least we know google stayed true to its promise to unify tabs and phones with ice cream sandwhich. Im sure this will make app devolpment easier in the long run too.

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

It would be awesome if you plug your phone into your TV and get it mirrored in tablet mode instead and use the touchscreen as a semi mouse for navigation edit: and by that I mean as if it where a normal feature

6. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Awesome thought...

3. dudemanrod

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

that much closer to having ICS on my touchpad

4. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Cool!!!!!!

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The cool little things that make things like that Asus pad-phone project come to life.

7. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The RAZR allows for mirroring, I wonder how it would work on ICS, I mean if you use the HD dock it opens the webtop, in fact I just ordered a Motorola bluetooth keyboard and mouse, I wonder how they'd work with ICS too, hmmmm.

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