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Google push app developers to make better use of Android on tablets

Google pushes app developers - make tablet apps look better

By Anthony Garreffa from Oct 9, 2012 @ 1:35 CDT

Google have been in the tablet space for quite sometime with Android, with the first Android-powered tablets splashing down around 18 months ago now, but the Mountain View-based company is still experiencing teething issues.


This is mainly due to third-party app developers not taking advantage of the extra screen real estate slates have to offer. Google are looking to change this, introducing a new Tablet App Quality Checklist that developers have to pass, in the hopes of seeing better quality tablet applications.

Google also plan on using their Google Play store to aggressively push apps that are optimized for tablets. As for the Tablet App Quality Checklist, it includes guidelines that are focused on tweaks that developers can use on their existing phone-based applications that would make them more suited for tablets.

Google help out devs by asking to provide more efficient layouts for "large" (7-inch) and "xlarge" (10-inch) screens, suggesting that using multiple applications panes at once, as well as boosting up the resolutions of icons and other graphics, the size of touch targets, and font sizes.


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