Can an app designed for a phone cause problems on a tablet?

Dr.sunil V August 3, 2014

Can apps which are designed for phones be harmful when used in a tablet? I noticed that a hugely popular app (from Play Store) on tablet caused the whole function of the tablet to go bad and I had to uninstall the app to resolve the errors.

  1. Susendeep D
    August 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    It might be due to hardware incompatibilities which might had caused the app to take the OS down.

  2. Danielx386
    August 4, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Just to add what Dalsan said, the IOS store will tell you what device you can run the game or app on and what it best designed for.

    • Dr.sunil V
      August 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you madam

  3. Dalsan M
    August 4, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Although not typical since most apps that are not optimized for tablets (or vise versa) are not usually available to be installed on devices they are not designed for, there are instances that instability of the device can occur. It is difficult to make apps that are compatible with all devices, even for just phones. This is due to many varying hardware, driver, and firmware versions along with screens that are different sizes, dpi, and types. Some apps will list compatibility and incompatibility lists so that such issues can be avoided and possibly fixed at a later time.

    It is difficult to say what exactly caused the issue, but I do know that people have soft-bricked (corrupted the operating system files) their devices by installing the wrong theme or wallpaper that changes the dpi settings in the system for the display. This is a rare occurrence, though.

    This is where iOS shines; due to strict guidelines on the hardware to be used, it is easier for developers to make the most compatible apps for each iOS device. The apps that are not compatible with a certain device are not allowed to install such an app through the App Store. This doesn't help users that find other ways to install incompatible apps, though.

    • Dr.sunil V
      August 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you. Some apps which are designed for phones are available to be installed on tab play store. So that may not cause problem!? Or the app itself may have problem , by uninstalling app the prob was not encountered

  4. Hovsep A
    August 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

    well there is compatibility problems, if you try to install it manually it wont launch and if you force then it will shutdown, but this should not harm the Android OS

    • Dr.sunil V
      August 4, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      An app launched but full system worked as though malware

  5. Oron J
    August 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I assume you are talking about Android. I can't see any reason in general why this would be the case. A tablet is basically a smartphone without, er, the phone... Obviously, any phone app would lose its phone functionality (e.g. stop playing music when the phone rings). The layout can also be less than optimal if the app was designed specifically for phone-sized screens, but the operating systems are the same and the app shouldn't cause any malfunction.

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