As mobile platforms go, Android’s pretty darn accommodating tablet users, not putting up an excessive amount of restrictions on what apps they can and can’t run. That’s not saying that there’s no benefit to developing apps tailor-made for tablet; far from it. In fact, Google has been working lately to make such tablet-optimized apps more visible to owners of such devices, and has a new round of changes coming through next month.
The Google Play Store already offers users a “Designed for tablets” section, but right now you have to know to look for it. Beginning November 21, that view will become the default when tablet users fire-up the Play Store app. They can always browse around and find regular apps that should still work well enough on tablets, but Google really wants users seeing the intentionally designed tablet apps first.
As for all those other apps, Google’s going to apply the flip side of its “Designed for tablets” label to them, and finally dub them as “Designed for phones,” instead. That’s ultimately of little consequence, but it’s still nice to see Google keeping things consistent to help cut down on any possibility for confusion.
With any luck, these changes just might spur on more developers to take the steps needed to get their own apps listed with other tablet software.