Have you ever wished to use a tablet’s user interface with more things on screen? Have you ever thought why you have a phone’s user interface even if you have a really big device?
If yes, this application is what you need. You can modify your device’s screen resolution dynamically and set any resolution you like. After finishing with the setup, your phone will adapt to the resolution dynamically when orientation changes and possibly it will behave like a tablet if you want to.
Install the "Phone As Tablet - Test" application to check if your device supports this feature. If you did not install the "Phone As Tablet - Test" application do not send me any bug report, do not send me "force close" errors, do not review and generally do nothing. There are 6 installs of the "Phone As Tablet - Test" application and 150 bug reports for this application which is not statistically correct and should never happen.
1. You need root access and basic knowledge about screen resolution.
2. You must read the “FAQ” section below.
Q: I don’t know what resolution to use. By letting me choose from any value it looks infinite. What can I do?
A: The main purpose of the application is to set any resolution you like. You can look here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vector_Video_Standards4.svg) to get an idea about default resolutions.
Q: I set the resolution at 10x10. Everything is screwed up. What can I do?
A: Reboot your device. If problem not fixed you must find a guy who knows what “adb” is for Android. After you find him, tell him to run the following commands one-by-one. 1. “adb shell” 2. “su” 3. “wm”. Then a description about the use of this command will appear. Read the description and you will understand.
Q: Does my phone fulfills the requirements set by this application?
A: Maybe this application needs Android 4.1 and later. But with so many custom ROMs out there, I have no idea. You can check by installing "Phone As Tablet - Test" application.
Q: The application is slowing down my device. What’s going on?
A: The application has nothing to do with the slowing down. It calls an executable which is provided by the system. After all, a lot of things are happening. Device rotation - Front app rotates – Phone As Tablet app runs - Android executable is running - Front app needs to re-run.
Q: I have Galaxy Nexus. Can you give me a suggestion about resolution values?
A: Of course I can do this. I am using this device for development. Portrait Mode = 900x1600, Landscape Mode = 960x1706. Don’t forget to increase the size of the letters to “Large” from device’s “Settings” screen if you feel uncomfortable.
Q: I changed the resolution from 1280x720 to 1280x721 and nothing happens.
A: Try to use only even values. Such as 1280x722.
Q: I don't like the UI. I want to modify the application according to my needs. I have ideas for some features. What can I do about these facts?
A: You can fork my repository (https://github.com/BILLyTheLiTTle/PhoneAsTablet). Feel free to contribute to the source code.
The photos of "Mobile Security & Antivirus" and "Superuser" applications belongs to AVAST Software and ClockworkMod respectively. I used these photos only for demonstration purpose.
You can change the resolution of the device manually using the notification feature.
Be careful, any time the device's orientation changes you must apply the resolution, using the buttons from the notification area. Then, the application will automatically find the current orientation and the desired resolution will be applied, according to your settings.