Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Android Honeycomb on My HTC Flyer.

So a little while ago I got the prompt to upgrade to Honeycomb.

I thought this was a fairly good idea to do ahead because I had been reading a lot about how this version of Android was optimised for tablets. Instead of being a phone is ported to a larger screen.

The HTC Flyer has quite a unique stylus inso much as it was never used for navigation and only for writing and for some applications. This created problems for most people as we tend to have quite large finger tips, at least when compared to a stylus. With the upgrade the stylus can now be used for navigation which is great for web pages and some of the the other programs that I like to use.

The HTC Flyer also has buttons along two sides that worked independently of the touch screen, these have now be disabled. They are replaced with touch screen versions. This might not sound like such a big change, I guess it isn't really, but it is the one that took me the longest to get used to.

When you upgrade you are going to have to redo all your passwords and apps permissions. This is especially important if you are using a banking app like the one from FNB. You will need to have a desktop session to relink your device to your banking profile.

Other than a few minor hiccups like this, the upgrade was smooth without any major problems. I did the download over Wi-Fi as this is the fastest connection I have. The entire process took about an hour. I have not had any major instability in my apps yet, one or two crashes of Blogger and HTC Sense, but not data was lost and the Flyer recovered quickly.

I am liking Android Honeycomb. It has brought a lot of goodness with few drawbacks.

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