Surprise: Google wants better tablet apps

Even with the success of the Nexus 7, Android isn’t really known for having the best tablet apps. While many phone apps will work fine on smaller Android tablets, there aren’t quite enough quality apps that take advantage of a tablet’s larger screen size. Google is well aware of this issue, and in an attempt to get developers to make better tablet games, has started pushing for better tablet apps.

Google’s first order of business in helping developers to build better quality tablet apps was to offer them a “Tablet App Quality Checklist.” The list itself is a bit technical, but the general purpose is to help developers to optimize app layouts for larger screens, take advantage of extra screen area on tablets, and use icons that are designed for tablet screens. Google also highlighted a few apps that “work great on tablets,” including Mint.com and Instapaper.

While it isn’t much, Google’s additional tablet guidelines should help developers make better tablet apps, and at least show that Google is doing something about the lack of Android tablet apps. Hopefully, these guidelines will result in more consistency in tablet apps as well, as more apps as useful and beautiful as the one from Mint.com would certainly make the Android tablet experience that much better.

[Android Developers Blog via TechCrunch]
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Aaron Orquia

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9 thoughts on “Surprise: Google wants better tablet apps

  • October 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm
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    Awesome, can’t wait to see the new apps! hopefully I can win the Nexus 7 to really experience them! thanks for the news

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  • October 9, 2012 at 6:52 am
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    The fractured Android device market is what kills Android itself. All Apple devices use the same scale. This makes it easier for developers. With Android there are so many screen sizes it is rediculous. Until Google finds a way to address the mulitple screen sizes in the OS Apple will continue to dominate the tablet market.

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  • October 9, 2012 at 8:25 am
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    Maybe Google should do a contest for the highest rated tablet app created within the next ~6 months. This would most likely motivate the developers to get something out there…

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  • October 9, 2012 at 10:57 am
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    This should make Android a better competitor to Apple.

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  • October 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm
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    how about better productivity tablet apps? like note taking apps for example with handwriting capabilities.

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  • October 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm
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    Several of the apps I use have already been optimized for tablets and work quite well. However it cant hurt to get more developers on board as more recent tablets like the nexus and galaxy become more popular.

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  • October 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm
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    I can’t believe its taken them so long to do something like this to be honest

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  • October 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm
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    Honestly, it is about time! Google should have started pushing for Android tablet apps since Honeycomb. I guess since there wasn’t a big adoption of Android tablets, it wasn’t worth it for devs to make them. I’ve been using Tablified Market HD (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tablifiedapps.tablifiedmarket)
    from the Play store to find tablet optimized apps. It’s been a really big help. I think with the info and guidelines from Google, they number of tablet optimized apps will surely double in a couple months.

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  • October 10, 2012 at 10:37 pm
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    Good to see Google finally trying to set norms for all sides of the equation. I will really enjoy a less fractured marketplace.

    Good for Android and good for us consumers!

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