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Google Play to make tablet-optimized apps more visible starting November 21

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Google Play to make tablet-optimized apps more visible starting November 21
There is a lingering perception that Android tablets have no apps available for them. This is incorrect, and Google wants to prove it. The company has already been promoting apps that have been optimized for tablets; but, Google is going to take the next step in the Google Play store to give apps designed for tablets better visibility to users.

Last year, Google released a list of criteria for an app to be considered "designed for tablets", which it has used to display that special section to users. But, on November 21st, Google is expanding the criteria to all sections of the app store. So, apps that meet the "designed for tablets" standards will be displayed first in all Google Play sections including all of the top lists (Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free, and Trending). 

Google isn't just promoting tablet optimized apps, but shaming those who don't optimize. Any app that doesn't meet the tablet standards will be branded with a "designed for phones" tag for users who are viewing Google Play on a tablet. To help developers meet these standards, Google has added a tablet optimization checklist to the Developer Console. On the consumer side, this should give users the best experience possible by pushing apps that aren't tablet optimized into the background. 

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posted on 11 Oct 2013, 20:23 3

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Only a few apps that I've encountered these past few months look horrid on my N7. Good Guy Google for making these improvements.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 20:46 1

2. scsa852k (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

Which apps look horrid?
Because I haven't seen one yet...

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 22:05 2

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Craigslist from YYH Creative is absolutely terrible. Dropbox also needs to be updated since the security pin screen only takes up 20% of the screen, which is really annoying.

Now mobile apps, are perfect. No complaints about that.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 06:45

6. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

I couldn't agree with you more. I own a Xperia Tablet Z and most apps I use on my tablet that I use on the smartphone looks unpleasing.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 20:52

3. vishu9 (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)

That's awesome!! I'm sure the new app guidelines from Google will push better looking apps for my Nexus 10.. Go Google!!

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 00:50 1

5. Luuthian (Posts: 287; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

Thank you Google! Finally they're making a serious push to get apps developed for tablets. I bought a Galaxy Note 10.1 for my dad this year and was incredibly let down by the ridiculously small number of apps designed for tablets. WAY too many Android apps masquerade as tablet apps when they are in fact complete garbage.

Hopefully this kicks more than a few developers in the ass.

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