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Google urges devs to create more tablet optimised apps for Android

Hints that another Nexus tablet is on the way
Tue Oct 09 2012, 10:13

INTERNET GIANT Google is urging developers to create more tablet optimised apps for its Android operating system to challenge Apple's IOS software.

While Apple has around 250,000 apps designed specifically for its Ipad tablets, Google Play is home to relatively fewer apps built especially for tablets, although Google didn't specify exact numbers.

However, the internet giant is looking to change that by calling for developers to build more tablet apps, no doubt in a bid to improve sales of Android tablets. Google's plea has involved publishing a "tablet app quality checklist" on its Android developers blog, which calls for developers to build apps optimised for large screen devices, such as its own Nexus 7 tablet.

"The checklist includes a number of key focus areas for building apps that are a great experience on tablets, including: optimizing your layouts for larger screens, taking advantage of extra screen area available on tablets and using Icons and other assets that are designed for tablet screens," Google said in its blog post.

"The benefits of building an app that works great on tablets is evident in the experiences of, Tiny Co, and Instapaper who reported increased user engagement, better monetization, and more downloads from tablet users."

Such a plea from Google also suggests that it is working on another tablet following the success of the Nexus 7 built by Asus, which might tip up along with its next generation Nexus smartphone. However, it remains to be seen whether the plea will work. µ


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