Play Store change will make tablet apps more visible, goes into effect November 21st

October 11, 2013
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    Probably one of the biggest complaints you’ll hear from Apple fans and other Android tablet critics is that the Android tablet experience isn’t as good as you’ll find on Android phones or on competing tablet platforms.

    The biggest reason for these complaints is that there (arguably) aren’t enough apps optimized to take advantage of a tablet’s larger display. Sure, smartphone apps work fine on Android tablets, but it’s not nearly as refined of an experience as you get with an app that was designed with a tablet in mind.

    Earlier this year, Google started to tackle this problem by introducing a “designed for tablets” section to Google Play. As it turns out, that’s only the beginning. Starting November 21st, Google is introducing a new change that will not only encourage developers to optimize their apps for tablets, but will also make it easier for Android users to find these apps.

    Starting November 21st, Google is introducing a new change that will not only encourage developers to optimize their apps for tablets, but will also make it easier for Android users to find these apps.

    What’s the big change? “Designed for tablets” will now be the default view when browsing top lists on Google Play via a tablet. By making this change, Google is assuring that tablet users have easy access to apps that are designed to provide the best possible tablet experience. Don’t worry though, tablet users will still be able to easily switch views to see and download any and all Android apps.

    Further drawing the line in the sand between a tablet app and a phone app, all apps that don’t meet Google’s “Designed for tablets” criteria will be marked in the Play Store as “designed for phones”.

    We have to say we are thrilled by this change, largely because it makes it clear to developers that optimizing apps for the tablet is important if you want your app to have maximum exposure. Here’s to hoping that this change means plenty of new tablet-optimized apps will start flooding to the Play Store just in time for the holidays.

    What do you think of the new change? Will it be enough to push developers to finally take tablet optimization seriously? For more details on what all is involved for a developer to get their apps marked as “designed for tablets”, head on over to the Android Developer’s blog.

    Comments

    • Magnetic1

      I’m all for updates and making better use of technology.
      But I’m not for restricting apps based on who owns the login account.
      Apparently google can restrict your access based on account and it is not tied to the device restrictions.

      As for privacy, it seems both android and ios have the ability to load and remove apps without the user knowledge. They say it’s for national security. I say get out of here.

    • freeiam

      hey cool new tablet game here -> http://www.akama.ch

    • Abhishek Kumar

      I find phone apps perfect on 7″ Tablets.

    • John-Phillip Saayman

      On a nexus 10 this is needed. So I’d say this is a good push. We should also complain to developers of apps that should really have a tablet version

    • kingjuggalo

      Google needs to let us Android lovers to save applications SD card for those who have Android 4.1 2 and higher because I cannot buy any more applications all out of space

    • Fievel

      Starting November 21st….. Why then? Please tell me that feature has nothing to do with the next-gen Nexus 10 release date. All the rumors have put it in October and I want my new toy NOW! :)

    • Tran Nguyen

      I want them to make more clearly which app be conflict with brand name smartphone. I also hope that Google will make an app that monitor and fix problems their Android version

    • raj

      wow

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