ElCondor · Nov 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Scale Applications Properly on the Galaxy Tab

Many people were wondering what resolution Samsung would use for their newest mobile product, the Galaxy tab. Rumors told about a mere WVGA screen, but fortunately, Samsung decided to ship it with a 1024×600 WSVGA screen. Although many people are happy with this screen, there are some unpleasant side effects of it – some applications don’t scale properly. The iPad actually does it by just scaling everything up, but the Tab didn’t seem to have such possibilities.

Now, member clubtech seems to have found a way to enable application scaling, allowing to view applications correctly on the high-res screen. According to him, the “Compatibility mode”, which is enabled by default, seems to prevent applications to scale right. The solution is an application called “spare parts” which is available on the Android Market.

Originally posted by clubtech

This works on most apps that don’t scale to fit the entire screen, minus a few gameloft games.
This fixed for me Engadget, speed test and some other apps that just filled a small part of the screen.

Clubtech created a guide which should work for you.
Samsung is abreast of the bug, and they seem to have fixed it in newer firmwares. If your apps scale right, there’s no need to perform this hack! If you do have problems though, check out the thread for the guide!


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ElCondor is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. View ElCondor's posts and articles here.
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