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Google makes Play store more tablet friendly

Signposts the way to optimised apps
Fri Nov 22 2013, 14:21
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ANDROID EVANGELIST Google has made good on its promise to bring better support to Android tablet users.

From today, users of the Google Play store will be able to see immediately if an app or game is optimised for their device before downloading it.

Although, as a rule, most apps will work across most devices, Google has been keen to extol the virtues of optimising apps via the recommended guidelines issued to developers. On the developer blog, it cites popular list app Remember The Milk, which it is said received an 83 percent increase in traffic as a result of issuing its tablet edition.

On compatible devices, the new Google Play store gives weighting to tablet friendly apps in its popularity charts to steer people towards the correct version and away from simply duplicating the edition they might have previously downloaded to their phone.

In addition to the existing Tablet Spotlight feature that showcases Editor's Choice apps for large screens, the store will now tell you when an app is particularly suitable for your device.

Tablet optimised apps will be branded Designed for Tablets, whereas ones designed with phones in mind, but perhaps with a tablet version, are marked Designed for Phones.

A quick look through the Google Play store shows that the changes are quite effective and highlight several apps that call themselves a tablet version that have been branded as being for phones, suggesting that many developers have some way to go in understanding the criteria for tablet app design. µ


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