Update to Android 4.4.1 on Nexus 10 eliminates translucent bars

Update to Android 4.4.1 on Nexus 10 eliminates translucent bars
Apparently,Google has had enough of a problem getting Android 4.4 to run on the Nexus 10 tablet, that it will make changes in Android 4.4.1 to eliminate the translucent bars on the slate. The translucent bars, basically for navigation and notifications, allow wallpaper to use every pixel on the screen. But making the bars translucent puts more demand on the slate's hardware, which is where the Nexus 10 is having troubles.

A member of the XDA forums found code on Android 4.4.1 that was written to disable the translucent bars on the Nexus 10. A comment written about the code notes that the feature works poorly on the 10 inch stock Android slab. The XDA member also wonders if the problem is with the GPU or the 2560 X 1600 resolution screen. Another XDA member had a different theory, saying that since the Nexus 10 cannot handle overlaying one object on top of another, this produces the graphical glitches with the translucent bars.

Developers will be able to tweak the code to bring back the translucent bars if so desired, but it will not be the default position for the Nexus 10. It should be pointed out that this is not a problem at all for the just launched Nexus 5 handset and the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet.

source: XDA via SlashGear

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Nexus 10
  • Display 10.1" 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Dual, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 9000 mAh



1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I herd that the nexus 10 battery is not that impresive cause of that high res display.

10. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Nexus 10 1gen can last whole day on 1 charge, depends on usages and spec says 9H video. Reviews various between 7.5-10H and draw own conclusion. Nexus 10 2Gen rumours to have 9500mah, possiblity Tegra 4 (ASUS TF701 has it) and how power efficiency its gonna be. Its just w8 and see after it released. Im satisfied with 10H hard usages and just released god damn tab. I want one now! :p

19. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Although it's processor's architecture is based on ARM- A15 process but still its a dual-core, that might be one of the reasons..

2. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

That tablet should of had a tegra 3

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yeah that's right. Why not bring a 40nm chip which is not only older and less powerful than Exynos 5250 but also consumes huge battery to a tablet which is already giving an output of 7 hours of Wifi as against its rival iPad 4 which gives 10 hours of Wifi !

5. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

It had superior GPU. Which the N10 needed for its resolution. The tegra 3 being 40nm doesn't mean much since the N10 had a huge battery. Stop being mad

7. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Ha haa..... you're wrong buddy, tegra 3 is too weak for 1600p screen. Have you ever seen a tegra 3 tablet with 1600p screen? Mali-t604 are powerful enough to push 1600p screen because according to benchmark, it's slightly faster than adreno 320 which is more powerful than tegra 3.

22. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Are you serious? Tegra 3 would be to weak for 1600p display. You obviously don't know what your talking about

26. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Are you high?

20. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

1. I am the one being mad XD...yeah right ! 2. If you care to mention Google as a 'source' (ROFL) then atleast care to use. BTW, here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHrfPsYn0xA 3. Exynos not only beats Tegra 3 in CPU performance but also in GPU department. @1:22 Nexus 7 (2012) with Tegra 3 outputs 10FPS in gaming benchmark while Nexus 10 at 35FPS and that is not even accounting the amount of pixels Nexus 10 pushing ! P.S. - No need to act so abnoxious when you're making statements without any knowledge or research !

35. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012


32. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That isn't true at all. The GPU in the Tegra 3 couldn't even stand up to the A5 chip in the iPad 2/mini. The Mali-T604 in the Exynos 5250 however beats the A5X chip by a fair margin, essentially making it have over triple the performance of the Tegra 3's GPU. Source; http://www.anandtech.com/show/6425/google-nexus-4-and-nexus-10-review/2 Based on Egypt HD (Offscreen 1080p), the Nexus 10 has nearly quadruple the score of the Tegra 3, 3.65x to be more accurate. Even with onscreen, where the Nexus 10 has over 4 times the pixels to push, it still has double the performance. TL;DR - No. Mali-T604 = about 4x Tegra 3.

36. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Tegra 3 > Everything you named

4. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Why? Or did you meant Tegra 4?

6. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Tegra 3. Tegra 4 wasn't available at the time the N10 was launched

9. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

well, care to explain why it needed tegra 3? Could it be the other theory by the XDA member that said that it couldn't handle overlays? Anyway, I don't think that Tegra 3 can handle that 'cause even on the previous Nexus 7, games doesn't really perform smoothly. Well, that could also due to the cheap memory thing or what not.. What makes you think so anyway..

12. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I agree with you Mali t-604>Adreno 320>tegra 3

23. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

He obviously is just a fan of NVidia.I am too, but not for mobile. The Tegra 3 sucked.

25. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

lol. Not at all

33. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Whooooops..............Did someone froze your account ? Awwwwwwww..........try harder next time :)

34. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Awwwwww what? Try again

29. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

ROFL The Exynos Dual was the only GPU that could run that resolution at the time. Yes, I didn't mean the best solution, which it was, but the ONLY solution. The current Qualcomm S4 PRO clocked out at 1920 x 1200 max resolution and I wouldn't be surprised if the Tegra 3 had the same resolution restriction but even if it didn't, it would have ran it more s**t than it did the Nexus 7 2012 and that only had a 1280 X 800 screen to push. The Exynos Dual A15 was the ONLY solution powerful enough at the time. Unless they went with a 1920 X 1200 resolution but they still would have been better off using the Exynos either way.

37. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

lol. In your dreams

15. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

So there is a problem with the ability to show full screen on the home screen, and because of that its going to remain like it is on jelly bean?

21. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

As a former Nexus 10 owner myself, I think what it comes down to is that the resolution on the Nexus 10 was really just a few months ahead of its time, I think the overall experience would of been much better off with an Exynos 5410 Octa which comes with the PowerVR GPU & DDR3 RAM. I'm aware that this Exynos variant didn't pop up until a few months after the fact, along with the fact this combination wouldn't make this device hiccup free, however I'm convinced this would of prevented a lot of the issues I personally ran into for months including random resets/freezes/stutter due to insufficient memory & the 2 cores/GPU being stretched to it's limits. Not that Samsung would of opted for any other chipset than it's own for a Wi-Fi only device, but a Tegra 3 was probably barely enough to power the N10 on lol, so considering the only other available option at that time, the S4 Pro, may of worked out OK with a GPU/CPU tweak/over clock to accommodate the Full HD+ display.Unfortunately I no longer have my Nexus 10, so I won't be able to see if some of the hardware shortcomings may possibly be redeemed by the optimizations in 4.4. Whenever this Nexus 10 refresh is announced, it's great to know that CPU/GPU & other internals have fully caught up to today's flagship tablet displays. Based on the improvements with this years Nexus 7 refresh, I'm sure we can expect the similar important upgrades with the N10.

28. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Exactly, good to see feedback from someone who owned it, the Nexus 10 as you put it lacks the horsepower to push all those pixels, which is understandable given the tablet's release, heck even Apple had trouble with the iPad 3 being underpowered for its resolution and launched the iPad 4 later the same year. Looking forward to see what will Google do with the Nexus 10, S800 should be enough for it to tick along smoothly.

30. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You should have waited. After a few updates it became the smoothest device I ever owned. That includes just about everything and is too numerous to list but these are the smoothest devices I have owned HTC 8x, iphone 4s, iphone 5, iphone 5s(although the fly in animation stutters a bit), ipad 2, ipad 3. But yeah the Nexus 10 performance is still the benchmark for me right now. Never tried the ipad 4 or Air yet and the Nexus 10 performs much smoother than the Xperia Tablet Z imo. My Nexus 7 2013 still stutters a bit when scrolling through the widget pages in the app drawer while my Nexus 10 never does.

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