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Apps designed for tablets will be more visible from your tablet come November 21

Google has announced that some changes are coming to Google Play on November 21, and that the tablet app section will take front and center.

With all new tablet sales being 50 percent Android, Google wants to expand and showcase the "Designed for Tablets" section of Google Play, where applications that have been written to take better advantage of the extra real estate that a 7-inch or 10-inch tablet can offer are highlighted.

Come late November, users browsing the Google Play app on their tablet will now have the "Designed for Tablets" view as the default when looking through the top lists (Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free, and Trending). We'll still be able to switch to see all apps if we like, but this should make sure we notice the apps that will look and run best on out tablets.

If you're an app developer, you'll want to get in on this action. The Android Developers Blog is a great place to start, and getting your app primed for the big tablet push is their goal. Hit the source link and get started. And don't forget to holler at us when you're done — we're always looking for the best apps to feature on the blog.

Source: Android Developers Blog


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Google Play changes coming Nov 21, will focus on tablet apps


I wish apps like Google plus behaved like desktop programs on 10 inch tablets like Nexus 10. One can hope right?

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Maybe this will give lazy businesses and developers a kick in the ass to actually make a tablet optimized app. *cough* Facebook *cough*

Not until it becomes available for more than just one device. Exclusives don't count in my opinion.

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I just wish they would fix the Google Play website so that it's at least halfway functional once again. Not being able to remove apps that I uninstalled three devices ago is inexcusable.

I think it's about time we got our purchased apps list back & it shows the apps we had to purchase from within as actually purchased considering it realistically is! I'm sick of cleaning the all list up to keep track of my purchases, it has definitely effected the amount of apps I try out as I'm less likely to trail through them to clear them out I'm less likely to install to begin with!

November 21st *cough* something "bigger" likely happening

perhaps multi product launches/Product launch (e.g. Nexus 10) *wink*

They need to also give us an option to view just our purchased apps. Also wasn't this tablet feature apparently released at the last io, anyways would be nice to just see tablet friendly apps

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Jesus they're changing Play store again? They changed the layout at least 3 times this past 12 months.

Willing to bet Nov 21 is when Nexus 5 is up for release.

I know people like to defend Google and Android tablet apps but if the tablet experience on Android was good, changes like this wouldn't need to happen.

I don't follow your logic on what one has to do with the other...

The Android tablet experience is not perfect... But no tablet experience is perfect. As it is, Jelly Bean is a much better tablet experience than any of the competition. Apps that have been optimized for tablets are generally much cleaner in terms of UI than their ios counterparts.

This will just serve to help users find those apps easier hopefully. Most of the apps I use are indeed tablet optimized and work wonderfully on my Nexus 10! I have no regrets at all about giving my iPad away.

I disagree. I love my Nexus 7 but even with it´s small screen I have a lot of apps that look weird because they are stretched. Apps on my wife´s iPad generally look much better. But how something looks is a very subjective affair. That said, my N7 would have to be pried from my dead cold hands. I love that thing.

But the interface of IOS itself stretched out. I never understood how people can talk about optimization when the basic UI of the ipad is designed for phones and stretched out on the tablet.

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I think the play store itself also needs an overhaul. A title, Icon, # of stars, and the price just doesn't cut it. At least provide an option for the user to view the apps in a different format that shows the quantity of downloads, the total reviews, and maybe the first sentence or two of the description. I think this would make browsing the play store much more efficient.


Lack of "Tablet Optimized Apps" was one of the reasons I returned the Nexus-10 back in 2012..(That and the lightbleed disaster) since I just picked up an Asus FHD 10 the timing of this could not be better.

This is great news. I just got a Nexus 7 (2013 ver.), and I'm curious to know which apps will be converted to tablet versions and any new ones coming. Thanks for the post Jerry.