Of large and small device detection problems: Today – HTC Flyer

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One would think the incredible flood of hardware seems clear on the issue of operating system software through the extensive use of Android/iOS/WP7 and Symbian, but at least the HTC flyer lies with the Android OS 2.3.3 on my table.

This piece of latest hardware (so I thought), differs “only” with features such as display size, processor, etc. from other Tablets like Android Motorola Xoom as in the world of Android smartphones.

But I was wrong. I do not know who is responsibe for that at HTC but for an HTTP request via the Android build-in browser the HTC Flyer sends the following:

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_3; HTC_Flyer_P512; de-de) AppleWebKit/533.16 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0 Safari/533.16

Yes, it´s true and believe it hardly, he wants us to beleave that the browser works on a Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard.

The reason I can only guess and believe that HTC is under some time pressure.

Other manufacturers, such as Motorola (with the already mentioned Xoom) have been brought tablets to the market with Android OS. They use the specialized tablet OS Android 3.0 Honeycomb instead of 2.3.3 Gingerbread (for Smartphones) used here.
Due to the erroneous identification HTC certainly pursue the goal of server side, client-identifying software for the high quality desktop (Mac OS) area instead of specific content to be optimized for the smartphones (with usually smaller screen sizes).

Why did they just decide for Mac OS X. ..

First reports are circulating already, that HTC will be made Android OS 3.0 available and coming soon for the Flyer. We hope that this case a rarity in the usually compliant Android OS world.

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