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Do all Android apps work on all Android phones?

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  1. eruso

    eruso Member

    I'm thinking about getting a motorola cliq when it comes out and there seems to be a lot of cool apps that are popular on the g1, like meebo for example. Would this work on the motorola cliq since it's got android too?

  2. kaine

    kaine Well-Known Member

    Yeah it should work...

    Some apps will only work if you have the appropriate hardware, such as GPS apps need a phone with GPS obviously, and the same for games that use the accelerometer etc.

    But most apps work on most phones.
  3. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Well-Known Member

    Exactly. The hardware varies a bit, but the more phones will hit the marketplace, the more the devs will be aware of this and code accordingly.

    I have seen a game or two that were clearly written with a trackball in mind, where the Galaxy's 5-way didn't work as well: although it did not crash or anything like that, the responsiveness was just too different. Also, some apps will try to control the LED even if there isn't one; this won't cause any problems (except no indication :rolleyes:) because the OS will just "swallow" requests and instructions for unsupported hardware (ditto if you would try to run "Glowing Pear" on a G1, I'm sure).

    The thing that'll be the most, um, interesting is how apps will handle different display dimensions; it's one thing to have to code for landscape/portrait, but varying the dimensions will really show badly coded layouts. :D
  4. TheBrit

    TheBrit Well-Known Member

    This is where Donut comes in. It allows for various screen resolutions. There will be problems for some apps developed under Cupcake on Donut devices that don't have the same screen res as the Dream, Magic and Hero.
  5. eruso

    eruso Member

    Thanks guys.
  6. SteveJones

    SteveJones Well-Known Member

    Based on a lot of comments on the market I would say no.

    Particularly some apps claim not to support Samsung Galaxy - not sure why, but some changes in hardware must make a difference.
  7. eruso

    eruso Member

    I hope meebo works :( . I'm coming from the Sidekick and I need a device that has comparable IM.
  8. rmasonjr

    rmasonjr Member

    good point! I love meebo and hope it works on the htc hero I'm getting in a few weeks...
  9. dkaufman1

    dkaufman1 Well-Known Member

    Meebo on my G1 is not IM like on the Sidekick. It's good and close but not the same quality, connectivity.

    I would not ditch my G1 for the difference though.
  10. eruso

    eruso Member

    Is there anything out there for android with AIM comparable to the Sidekick's?
  11. dkaufman1

    dkaufman1 Well-Known Member

    I have searched and while there are few that come close, I would answer honestly nothing with the full AOL integration and blessing like the sidekick.

    But in the same breath, some of the multi-clients like Meebo are very close and I would suggest you give it a try, as it is free.

    Search on IM in the market and see what else you like. Report back and mabye you will find something. I last looked about 3 months ago.

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