The more time i spend with this phone, the more faults crop up. First the audio, then the reboots, and now third party apps aren't showing in full screen.
As you can see there is a large black bar across the top. It looks like the app isn't scaling up to 720P. It happens on Metrotube, CNN, etc as well. I've tried reinstalling apps but they end up doing the same.
Defective unit? Or WP8 just not as ready as we thought. Glad i can buy the Nexus 4 from this morning.
Most apps will be updated to work with WP8 and getting rid of the black bars, developers who don't update their apps will probably fall by the wayside and something better/newer will take its place. This will only happen initially like with the IP5.
I don't think its rough. Any developer worth their weight in gold would have been on this in the first month at the latest. I have an idea of what goes into developing apps for windows phone and it merely takes a certain design to your app that allows for resolution detection.
I do wonder if its the device or how wp8 handles resolution detection and scaling.
If it's done it's done. It being an app. No need to go back and reprogram and re-asset things might cost to much time or resources. It would be like old 4:3 shows rerecording just because 16:9 is now that standard. It isn't necessary and has no effect on the content. Unless you have OCD in this regard.
Here's the deal... It depends on how the dev laid out the screen. I haven't done any in-depth research on this, but as a dev here's what I think, and I will test the theory if I remember to when I get home. If he laid it out with fixed values, it's not going to change the aspect ratio, thus leaving the black band. If he laid out the screen in ratios, it should scale well.
This is just a theory, because it isn't something I've thought about, as I have an 822. I haven't had time to do much development since WP 8 came out, and therefore haven't tested in the other resolutions, but now seeing this thread, I will.
I just tested this with one of my apps. It turns out that I'm mistaken. The app indeed does not scale to the proper proportions on a 720p screen if the developer uses ratios instead of fixed amounts. It looks like the app has to be compiled for WP8 in order to work. Interesting.