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  1. sparkomatic's Avatar
    I'm syncing my contacts through Gmail but the photos look pretty bad on my HOX. Admittedly, some of them aren't good photos to begin with but others are good resolution and look bad.

    I saw the image size for a Gmail contact is 96x96 but wasn't sure what the contact photo size was on the HOX. I saw other phones are 210x210.

    Anyone know if it's the same on the HOX?

    And, that's kinda annoying, isn't it? It looks like this issue has been around for awhile. If you're using a Google Gmail account and syncing to a Google Android OS, why wouldn't your contact photos use the same resolution?

    Not trying to start some flame war/rant either.
    05-11-2012 10:42 AM
  2. neocryte's Avatar
    Yep, it's annoying - the pics on the HOX look all pixelized. There's another thread from this morning about this here:

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/htc...-pictures.html
    05-11-2012 11:00 AM
  3. fernandez21's Avatar
    That's a gmail problem. same thing happens when I sync my gmail contacts to my iPhone or windows phone, gmail will downscale the image to a lower resolution when it uploads the contact. then it gets blown back up when trying to show on your one x. google really needs to fix this.
    05-11-2012 11:13 AM
  4. jmsewe0's Avatar
    So if I take a pic with the camera it should look right?

    Sent from my HTC One X using Android Central Forums
    05-11-2012 12:12 PM
  5. icebike's Avatar
    So if I take a pic with the camera it should look right?

    Sent from my HTC One X using Android Central Forums
    You could probably have tested this in as much time as it took you to post this question.

    Just take a picture, and go to the gallery, and set the picture as a contact Icon. They aren't quite as pixilated as older pictures.

    Then, if you are syncing contacts with your Google Account (why wouldn't you be?), just go to Contacts.Google.com and check. The picture should already be there.

    Older camera models, and older versions of the contacts app used smaller pictures and they aren't as clear when blown up. Newer cameras on ICS use bigger pics.
    05-11-2012 12:42 PM
  6. neocryte's Avatar
    Mine are still very pixelated when I use the phone's camera to set contact pictures.

    Ridiculous.
    05-11-2012 12:59 PM
  7. icebike's Avatar
    Mine are still very pixelated when I use the phone's camera to set contact pictures.

    Ridiculous.
    Where are you seeing this pixulation? In the contact list itself? Or only when you call up a contact to edit it?

    Mine are perfectly clear in the tiny image in the contact list itself. It isn't using the full resolution 1840x3264 picture in the contacts. It isn't even using the camera image. You could delete that camera image from your phone if you wanted to. Its using a tiny thumbnail that it created from a portion of the image that you selected when you set the contact image.

    Just how slow do you want your contact list to be? The bigger the picture the longer it is going to take to load and scroll.

    Its sized appropriately for the task at hand.
    05-11-2012 01:16 PM
  8. fernandez21's Avatar
    Mine are still very pixelated when I use the phone's camera to set contact pictures.

    Ridiculous.
    Do this. turn off sync then use the picture and it should be fine. what happens is that when it synce, gmail down samples it to a lower resolution, then it syncs that lower res picture with your phone.
    05-11-2012 01:23 PM
  9. icebike's Avatar
    Do this. turn off sync then use the picture and it should be fine. what happens is that when it synce, gmail down samples it to a lower resolution, then it syncs that lower res picture with your phone.
    Kinda defeats the purpose of having an Android phone if you turn off all the sync, don't you think?
    05-11-2012 01:27 PM
  10. jmsewe0's Avatar
    You could probably have tested this in as much time as it took you to post this question.
    I actually did but wanted to see if other people had the same issue. Thanks for the tip on time management though.

    Check out the attachment. This is the pic of my wife. In the contact list, it looks great, but when you click on the contact itself, it gets zoomed in on. It looks horrible! I am not asking to have full resolution 4.5MB photos for all my contacts, just make sure it doesnt look like it was shot with a Polaroid and scanned in on a flatbed scanner. Smart phones have been able to do this for a while now...

    I don't think they are "sized appropriately for the task at hand"
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    05-11-2012 01:34 PM
  11. neocryte's Avatar
    Where are you seeing this pixulation? In the contact list itself? Or only when you call up a contact to edit it?

    Mine are perfectly clear in the tiny image in the contact list itself. It isn't using the full resolution 1840x3264 picture in the contacts. It isn't even using the camera image. You could delete that camera image from your phone if you wanted to. Its using a tiny thumbnail that it created from a portion of the image that you selected when you set the contact image.

    Just how slow do you want your contact list to be? The bigger the picture the longer it is going to take to load and scroll.

    Its sized appropriately for the task at hand.
    No, no - the contact list looks great! It's when you blow up the picture of the person (i.e. click on the name in the contact list, or if that person calls/texts you), that the picture is very pixelized - because it's using the shrunken pictures and blowing it up. Seems ridiculous given the screen on this phone, etc.
    05-11-2012 02:18 PM
  12. fernandez21's Avatar
    Kinda defeats the purpose of having an Android phone if you turn off all the sync, don't you think?
    Of course, it's something that people have been talking about since 2008.

    Google Groups

    I was just offering a work around, but google is the one that needs to fix this.
    05-11-2012 02:19 PM
  13. anon(153966)'s Avatar
    I just want to say that I hate not having an image on ALL contacts.

    I need to update my remaining 30 or so. Who wants to help me?

    Sometimes they do look awful on a device...

    Sent from my HTC One X using Android Central Forums
    05-11-2012 03:14 PM
  14. Czar_of_Berry's Avatar
    This is one of my major annoyances with Android vs ios or blackberry. Seems ridiculous that I have to stare at a picture that looks like it was taken in 1970 when someone calls me. I don't understand why Google doesn't fix this relatively easily???? Also, is there a way to not have the little green man show up on my phone when I receive an incoming call from someone without a contact image?
    05-11-2012 05:09 PM
  15. icebike's Avatar
    This is one of my major annoyances with Android vs ios or blackberry. Seems ridiculous that I have to stare at a picture that looks like it was taken in 1970 when someone calls me. I don't understand why Google doesn't fix this relatively easily???? Also, is there a way to not have the little green man show up on my phone when I receive an incoming call from someone without a contact image?
    Why would you stare at it? You pick it up and answer the phone.

    I don't want 286 high res photos clogging up my phone memory just so it can show me the warts of the face of the person calling. I can read.

    The phone pictures are properly sized for the contact list.
    If you don't want the android picture, take a picture of your teddy bear and attach it to each contact for which you don't have any photo.

    If this is your MAJOR annoyance with android you must be a happy camper, because this is a tempest in a teapot if you ask me.
    05-11-2012 05:19 PM
  16. anon(153966)'s Avatar
    Icebike you're killing - LMAO at 'teddy bear'...

    Sent from my HTC One X using Android Central Forums
    05-11-2012 05:23 PM
  17. Czar_of_Berry's Avatar
    The point is that it sucks that you have to choose between a little green alien man or a grainy stretched picture when you get a call. I don't think appropriate resolution pics for contacts would slow down this powerful phone, if it does.... Then it's a software issue. All platforms have their strengths and weaknesses, and this is a weakness in my opinion. I'm willing to accept the good with the bad and have an open mind but this definitely goes into the "bad" pile
    05-11-2012 05:24 PM
  18. jmsewe0's Avatar
    iOS and webos do it fine without clogging up your phone. I think it's just such a simple thing and is frustrating that one of the top two OS's can't get it right. It's 2012 and we can't have sharp contact pictures? Icebike have you ever used iOS extensively?

    Sent from my HTC One X using Android Central Forums
    05-11-2012 05:37 PM
  19. icebike's Avatar
    Icebike have you ever used iOS extensively?
    Had an iPhone for two years before the Nexus One came out.
    Was so glad to get away from IOS.
    05-11-2012 06:02 PM
  20. sparkomatic's Avatar
    Wow...just finished up my day and came to check this post...low and behold...18 replies!
    05-11-2012 09:54 PM
  21. bothfly's Avatar
    And NO answers.
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    05-13-2012 09:11 PM
  22. Cjelli's Avatar
    Is this just a problem with synced contact pictures? Because I've just tried a factory reset, then added contacts to the phone before I've even set up any accounts to sync (even going so far as to turn off Wi-Fi) and I still get awfully pixellated contact images on the contact card so it seems as if there's local compression going on.

    Also if I edit a contact picture and select 'My profile' as the image, then save and repeat this process the image gets more and more pixellated until it's just a mushy mess of colour.

    Surely there should be at least the option of uncompressed contact images?
    05-15-2012 02:42 PM
  23. alwaysamy's Avatar
    Finally, got my long awaited HOX yesterday and coming from an iphone ...I was also disappointed in the pixelated contact pictures but from reading this forum I dont think I'll be complaining about it ...wow
    06-08-2012 08:04 AM
  24. anon(238711)'s Avatar
    Hey guys, I've made a post and tagged a bunch of Google Employees in the post.. Follow this post, +1 it, share it, and comment on it.. Let's get this done guys!

    https://plus.google.com/109941711245...ts/PwRx3SHNbjR
    07-14-2012 08:12 PM
  25. kkapoorr's Avatar
    Hey guys, I've made a post and tagged a bunch of Google Employees in the post.. Follow this post, +1 it, share it, and comment on it.. Let's get this done guys!

    https://plus.google.com/109941711245...ts/PwRx3SHNbjR
    Effort appreciated:thumbup:
    But I doubt this'll help...

    Author of NoobTech:
    http://wp.me/2uu9r
    07-15-2012 08:55 AM
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