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Google Play Store changes so tablet users can find apps and games "Designed for tablets"

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Google Play Store changes so tablet users can find apps and games
Sporting an Android tablet? Then you will be happy to know that some changes are being made to the Google Play Store specifically to improve the experience of tablet users. Those browsing the Play Store on a tablet will see the "Designed for tablets" section as the default view. This allows tablet owners to see quickly which games and apps look best on a slate. The view can be changed so that tablet users can see all games and apps if they so desire. Those games and apps that can't qualify as  being "Designed for tablets" are marked as "Designed for phones".

If you are a developer, you can check to see if your app can have the "Designed for tablet" designation. Check the tablet optimization tips in the Developer Console.There you will see if your app has any issues that need to be taken care of. Taking care of the issues will allow you to have your app listed amongst those designed to look their best on a tablet.

Creating a list of apps designed especially to work with tablets could help developers fatten their wallets. If you own a tablet, wouldn't you look to see which apps and games were designed to specifically look great on your device?

The Google Play Store will now show tablet users which apps and games are

The Google Play Store will now show tablet users which apps and games are "Designed for tablets"


source: AndroidDevelopers via AndroidCentral

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posted on 21 Nov 2013, 20:18 3

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1612; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Tablet apps should be optimized for tablets and not just stretched out phone apps.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 20:41 6

2. Jason2k13 (Posts: 643; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


that's the reason why this feature is added, cant expect all developers to have time and money to optimized their apps on every android tablets, its much easier on ipads for obvious reasons.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 07:58

9. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


1st off. Yea, thats why that feature was added lol Just keep proving yourself as a troll, clearly didnt read the article

2ndly, I'm happy they kept all the "nontablet optimized" ones available, as I'd rather have access to all apps, then not be able to use an app because the dev didn't add a tablet option yet.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 20:44

3. deathgod (Posts: 120; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


I wish google would follow their own advice and make the play store look like it was designed for tablets. How about making those icons smaller so more can be fit on the larger screen of tablets? I honestly don't know why they made them so big.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 02:02

7. cripton805 (Posts: 921; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Looks fine on my 7". Must be a 10" problem.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 17:45

11. deathgod (Posts: 120; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Yeah, just check out the screenshot above. Look at how big the icons are!

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 21:06

4. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


without change, i still feeling fun :)

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 22:12 1

5. alltechinside (Posts: 240; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


About Time!!!

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 22:13

6. Zylam (Posts: 51; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Finally, 3 years later they add the option.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 02:39

8. Taters (Posts: 3010; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I am fine with stretched out phone apps. The tablet optimize app thing is just some lame ammunition against Android for the I fans.

A tablet basically is a stretched out smartphone and the apps perform largely the same.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 10:08

10. FakeMatt (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


The problem with "Designed for Tablet" is that app makers pretty much only have to include a screenshot of their app over a certain resolution to get that tag. That's why so many apps have duplicate screenshots, one is usually just a scaled image.

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