Testing for HTC magic

by Mattaku Betsujin » Sat, 07 Mar 2009 02:19:05 GMT

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 I am getting user feedback for my app "closes a lot on HTC magic, one star"

Are there any HTC magics out there? Will it be able to get an SDK/emulator
for it?



Testing for HTC magic

by Justin Allen Jaynes » Sat, 07 Mar 2009 09:13:03 GMT

 The emulator doesn't simulate any specific phone.  Just a generic one.  
Your application *should* run the same on an HTC magic as on a TMobile 
G1 because the hardware is very similar.  The whole intention of Android 
is to separate the application layer sufficiently from the hardware so 
that your app will run equally well on any android device.  So, although 
there are possible reasons it might not work well on a Magic, it's far 
more likely misbehaving because of either 1) the users particular phone 
setup (too many other running apps, etc), or 2) it's misbehaving on most 
actual physical phones.  If it's reason 1, you just got bad luck that 
they left a poor review.  If it's reason 2, you should investigate and 
fix it.

If at all possible, you should get an actual G1 (or Magic when it 
becomes publicly available in your area) and install and test the app.  
And although a DEV phone would be better than the emulator, the DEV 
phone ships with a different configuration than what end users have on 
their phones.  So an actual phone from a phone company would be the 
absolute best way to test.  The Android Platform which gets installed 
onto these phones by cellular phone companies is customized as they 
choose (which is one reason Android is open source).  For this reason, 
the emulator will never be exactly the same as the real world.



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Testing for HTC magic

by Mariano Kamp » Sat, 07 Mar 2009 16:27:37 GMT

 And as it is not releases it might still be buggy.

I also got an error report regarding the Magic and he also mentioned
problems with Twitroid.

Both complaints are not about "Forced Close", but about GUI problems. Very


Testing for HTC magic

by Romain Guy » Sat, 07 Mar 2009 16:31:31 GMT

 However is using this device might simply be running Cupcake, which is
far from being complete and ready.

Note that apps that rely on private APIs/resources may/will run into
problems with Cupcake.

Romain Guy
Android framework engineer

Note: please don't send private questions to me, as I don't have time
to provide private support.  All such questions should be posted on
public forums, where I and others can see and answer them


Testing for HTC magic

by Mariano Kamp » Sat, 07 Mar 2009 16:43:49 GMT

 Sure, that's what I meant with "still buggy". In my case, NewsRob, I can say
though that I don't use any private API.

I have to add though that I never verified the bug myself, so it might be
totally unrelated to the Magic or not a bug at all.

But for the twidroid problem he also posted a screenshot though:

Anyway, I'd mark it up as suspicious behavior for the time being. The user
is willing to show the problem to me in person. As he lives 300 kms apart
from me I would need to have something else in the area to go there, but
when I do I'll take my logcat with me and feedback here then.


Testing for HTC magic

by Al Sutton » Sat, 07 Mar 2009 16:57:15 GMT

 ne of the problem is the HTC magic has been doing the rounds since 
early Feb when Cupcake was still way off being finished, so it's easily
possible that the device they're using is running flakey firmware.

The first hits AndAppStore saw from Magics' was on the 5th of Feb, and
since the 18th of feb there has been a steady stream hits from them, all
showing Cupcake as the firmware (1.5).

It might be worth putting up a note somewhere saying if you're using a
Magic it's a pre-release product so bugs may be with the firmware and
not necessarily with the app.


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