The HTC Flyer is the latest to be inducted into the Honeycomb club that currently boasts of just a few 7 inchers and development is on at full swing. For proof, a leaked build of the Android 3.2 upgrade to be applied on the HTC tablet gave an insight of what the software would do for HTC Flyer owners. The widgets that would be available on the gadget get a light touch effect, which in every other manner is similar to the Jetstream, albeit in a miniaturized version of sorts. The Scribe pen coming along with the tablet works well is what the testers at the XDA-Developers forum report.
There are some limitations and glitches, of course. Orientation and display haven’t been smoother out; only the landscape mode is works for some of the apps. Testers have also reported that certain apps are clipped while working in portrait mode. Disabling of the hardware navigation button is also a limitation with this OS. Also, the phone functionality of the 3G version of the HTC Flyer seems to be reported most affected by the bugs. There is also crashing of the app that has been often reported.
The Honeycomb enabled Flyer is that the tablet will be receptive to both finger and pen inputs. In fact, both can be used interchangeably as the stylus too can be used to launch apps, make choices, or type via the on-screen keypad.
However, one other aspect that can be bit of a bother is that the toolbar is taking up more space in the Flyer, which in turn means less screen real estate to spare for browsing or other apps.
Hopefully, all of these and other bugs will sorted out before the final build is released.
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