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Gingerbread UI Hidden in Honeycomb
It looks like Google has gotten into the habit of hiding stuff from us. They have gotten secret images on Gingerbread and Honeycomb (the Easter eggs), loaded a bunch of unannounced features on Honeycomb 3.1, and Heaven knows how much more stuff they have done that we have not discovered or realized. It isn’t surprising if you have a manufacturer’s UI running on top of the Android stock UI. Simply grab a Nook Color or a GTab and you can easily get out of their respective UIs and go straight into the stock one. But it looks like Google decided to “hide” one Android stock UI into another one. XDA member graffixnyc has found a rather interesting discovery on his Streak 7. The dev decided to change the screen density to make things a tad bigger and upon reboot, the Honeycomb UI was gone and replaced by the Gingerbread stock UI. As weird as it may seem, it is always nice tumbling across this kind of discoveries. It is rather strange though, particularly because the OS mash-up was not supposed to come in until the release of Ice Cream Sandwich.
Aw well, thank you Google for keeping us busy and on the look out for more surprises.
the lcd density was too low making everything small. I bumped it from 120 to 190 and rebooted and was shocked.. it was a different UI! It was like GB. Setting the LCD Density to 160 and below gave us the HC UI 170 and higher gave us the GB UI
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